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Job Relocation? 3 Tips to Help Make it Easier

Here at Housing Helpers each year we assist many people that are relocating to Colorado for a new job.  Moving to a new city or state for a job relocation can be both exciting and stressful. In many cases, the relocation has to take place rather quickly, which doesn’t often leave time to make well thought out preparations.

No need to stress. Here are three simple ways to make your move a little easier and a lot less stressful.

1.  Organize and De-clutter Before You Move

Before you move, take time to carefully organize all of your work and personal belongings so that getting your new home ready will not take so much effort.  Also, this is a great opportunity to de-clutter your life so to speak and get rid of anything you don’t need or use on a regular basis. You will thank yourself later when you don’t have to unpack all your t-shirts from high school that you will never wear again.

2.  Call a Relocation Service

A great relocation service will be a tremendous help in finding a place to live, securing a moving service, and even locating options to help you settle in to the community. They can answer any questions you might have about schools, transportation, neighborhood trends, and they will be essential in helping you become familiar with your new surroundings.

One of the best benefits of using a relocation company like Housing Helpers is many of their services are offered at no cost to you.

3.  Work Through the Emotional Stress

Moving usually means leaving loved ones, friends, and a support community behind. This emotional turmoil adds a big layer of stress to your move and can be tough to manage. While nothing can take away the sadness you will inevitably feel during your move, the important thing to do is to keep your focus on the positive aspects of why you are moving. Concentrate on the great new job you are going to and the new opportunities ahead. It is also a good idea to make sure your parents know how to use Skype just in case!

Relocating to Colorado has great benefits.  The weather is fantastic, the natural beauty of the State is unparalleled, the opportunity for outdoor recreation is world class, and – at the moment – the economy here is very strong.

That said, home prices are rising fast, rental rates are a mile high, so it can be challenging to find comparable housing to what you have left behind.   Our real estate agents and relocation specialists are here to help with that.  We have our fingers on the pulse of the real estate market and can help you navigate the housing market to take advantage of opportunities when they arise.   Give us a call at 303.545.6000 or stop by our office, we love to welcome people to Colorado!

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Finding a Home on Your Time

Since we’ve been handling residential sales, rentals, and corporate housing in Boulder and near suburbs for nearly thirty years, we’ve developed a good deal of experience when it comes to solving the problems that come with relocation.

The issues people face include:

  • Not knowing markets and where to buy or rent
  • Pricing and availability
  • Local conditions, such as transportation, shopping, amenities suited to your lifestyle, schools, and the like
  • The stress of locating temporary living quarters until you find what you need

For example, what if you and/or your partner land a terrific job in Boulder but you find the house prices prohibitive?

Should you look in, say, Longmont?

Louisville looks okay, but is anything available?

Broomfield?

Would Arvada or Westminster work, and when will those light rail stations be ready anyway?

You’re also looking at three different counties with three different school systems.

Every one of these towns has its advantages and disadvantages, as well as its own vibe, and people are rightfully wary of having to decide where to live before knowing all they need to know.

We can set you up with short term, medium, or long term rentals, even furnished ones, while you look around at your leisure. As active brokers, we’re members of the local multiple listing service and have access to every home listed for sale.

It’s no secret that the Boulder County area consistently tops the charts for vibrant housing markets and price appreciation. Some areas, though, are softer than others, and even specific market areas have pockets of availability. Moreover, each town has its own story and list of commercial and residential projects on the drawing board. Westminster, for example, is building an entire new downtown.

To be honest, relocation is difficult no matter what, and the best anyone can do it minimize the pressures. Housing Helpers’ diverse residential offerings help people manage their living situations on their time, at their pace, so they can truly discover understand the place they want to live.

Our relocation specialists are available to help you here in our Boulder office at (303)545-6000

 

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Arvada Colorado plans net-zero community

Arvada Colorado could soon be home to the largest net-zero community in North America. According to the Denver Post, a net-zero community is one who makes as much energy as it consumes, using power from only solar, wind, or geothermal generation systems.

 

Developer Norbert Klebl’s planned 25-acre Geos neighborhood was put on the back burner in 2009 due to economic woes. However, it’s now a priority again, the Post reported, with the developer having worked with the city for the past two years to get mixed use permits and approve a modified zoning code for the development. That said, the city was in favor of the project all along as it addresses sustainability and efficiency — both important considerations for a location reaching full build out.

 

The project provides for 308 units, including solar cottages and multi-family homes. The homes will feature construction that reduces energy consumption by 75 percent and provide 60 percent of winter heating needs through the sun in the windows.

 

Though the homes have higher upfront costs, Klebl says the cost will be returned through lower utility costs. However, the Post article notes, banks often don’t want to cover the higher mortgage of energy efficient homes, which makes the sale of them more reliant on buyers with disposable income.

 

Are you looking for homes in Colorado with energy efficient features and sustainable construction? Housing Helpers can assist you in finding the home of your dreams in Arvada Colorado or neighboring cities by learning about your priorities and searching for homes that fit both your wants and your needs. For more information about our personalized relocation services in Arvada Colorado, contact us today.

 

 

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CBI forensic lab moves to Arvada Colorado

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation’s 20-year-old forensic lab is moving from Lakewood to a new state-of-the-art facility in Arvada Colorado. According to the Denver Post, the lab will be located in a retrofitted, 24,000 square foot industrial building in the southeast part of the city. Three times the size of the current facility, the new lab in Arvada is expected to be ready in May.

The Colorado state forensic lab has seen an increase in activity in recent years as technology improves and the demand for DNA analysis grows. CBI received 2,174 DNA cases in all of 2012. So far, in 2014, the number of DNA cases is already at 2,485, the article stated.

A change in the law regarding evidence from sexual assault cases has placed additional cases with the bureau since 2013 legislation was passed requiring local law enforcement to submit evidence in sex assault cases to an accredited laboratory within thirty days. Most of the state’s DNA cases are analyzed by the metro area lab, with back up from labs in Pueblo and Grand Junction.

It will cost nearly $8 million to make the new lab in Arvada Colorado operational, the Post reported. In addition to providing DNA analysis of crime scene evidence, the lab will also analyze latent fingerprints, gunshot residue, tool mark evidence, trace evidence, and drug chemistry. The Arvada mayor expressed pride in having the new lab located in the city, saying, when it comes to organizations choosing to relocate here, it doesn’t get much better than the CBI.

From laboratories to new inventions in the computer world, Colorado is truly a high tech area. If you’re looking to relocate to Arvada, Colorado — whether for work or for pleasure — we’d love to help you find a home that fits your needs. For more information on Housing Helpers and the services we provide in Colorado, contact us today at 303.545.6000.

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Arvada Colorado plans for light rail station

Arvada residents will find getting to work around the Denver metro area a bit easier in 2016, thanks to the Gold Line commuter rail. According to a recent article from the Denver Post, if city officials have their way, the journey will be made even simpler still with a shuttle system that will transport residents to and from the rail line stop in Olde Town Arvada Colorado.

The Gold Line will connect Union Station in downtown Denver to Wheat Ridge and will feature seven different stations, including the one in Arvada. Service frequency will be every fifteen minutes from 6 am to 6:30 pm, with thirty minute frequency in the early morning and night.

The city of Arvada is working with a citizen run transportation committee and the Regional Transportation District to design a circular shuttle system that would run throughout the city, the article stated. Potential shuttle stops would include Red Rocks Community College, Stenger Sports Complex, the Triangle District, the senior center, and the Arvada Center. City transportation engineer John Firouzi stated that the intention is to streamline services in order to provide citizens with more access to transportation than they currently have.

Public transportation options take the downside of dealing with traffic from the commuting equation and make the notion of suburban living possible for more people. If you’re looking for a home in Colorado and you’d like to know what Arvada has to offer, Housing Helpers can assist you. We offer friendly, professional, and knowledgeable service. For more information, contact us today.

 

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Construction booming for new homes in Arvada Colorado

In 2009, there were 90 building permits issued for new homes in Arvada Colorado.  According to a recent article in the Denver Post, that number was up to 566 in 2013. The number of permits for new homes in Arvada Colorado is expected to climb even higher in 2014, thanks to three large master-planned communities : Candelas, Leyden Rock, and Old Town Arvada.

The higher-than-normal growth is likely due, at least in part, to a good school system, easy access to Boulder and Denver, and some pristine views south of the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge, stated John Covert, who is the director of the Colorado and New Mexico office of Metrostudy, a housing market research firm.  The pending completion of light rail to Arvada will also draw more new home buyers to the area.

In addition to the 2,203-unit Candelas community and the 1,439-unit Leyden Rock — the two largest communities under construction, there are also plans for a 150-unit apartment complex in Olde Town, the article noted. There are also years-old plans on the table for 2,400 acres to be developed in another section of town, though full build out in that area and Candelas may be many years down the road.Arvada’s Deputy City Manager, Bill Ray, stated that the growth of the city shows that the marketplace is responding to market need.

It is important that housing needs are responded to. If you’re considering homes in the Arvada Colrado area, Housing Helpers is here. We have many years of experience to help you find just the home you’re looking for. Accessible seven days a week and offering home buyers assistance, rental locating assistance, and corporate housing we’re ready to help you find your new home in Arvada Colorado. To get started, contact us today at 303.545.6000.

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Arvada Colorado investing in new playgrounds

According to a recent article in the Denver Post, the city of Arvada Colorado is investing in five of its area playgrounds.

By summer’s end, $1.2 million will have been spent on new, Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant equipment for the playgrounds. Each of the five playgrounds will have it’s own unique character, explained an Arvada Colorado senior landscape architect, and some of the playground installations will include a climbing wall, and undulating sidewalk, and a sand area with buried dinosaur bones.

Besides making the parks ADA compliant and replacing worn out equipment, the city hopes to also provide a more interesting and engaging experience for the children, a place where they can learn and explore, the article noted. The playgrounds will also each receive new landscaping, benches and sidewalks.

The funding for the playground upgrades, expected to take place by late August, comes from the city’s capital improvement program. This year, the city also plans to complete the more than $16 makeover of Ralston-Central Park, transfer a bridge from that park to another one and provide a trail to the bridge at its new location.

Arvada is putting time and money into creating nice places for its residents to enjoy the outdoors. Housing Helpers specializes in finding neighborhoods and communities like Arvada Colorado for people to call home. Whether you’re relocating to Arvada for a new job or you’re a company planning to provide jobs in the area and in need of employee corporate housing, we can help.

For more information about our services and housing in Arvada Colorado and the surrounding area, contact us today.

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