House Hunting Tips When Relocating to Colorado

If you keep in mind the following tips when relocating to Colorado, you’ll be more likely to get the perfect home. Whether you want to live in a contemporary luxury Colorado golf course home or a vintage home in the established Denver Country Club neighborhood, an experienced Realtor should be your guide to the Denver area. When relocating to Colorado, stay focused on your priorities so you get what’s most important to you, whether its Rocky Mountain views, room for horses or an estate home.

According to an article by Houzz, there are several house hunting strategies you can employ to narrow down the search. The first step is to realize no home is perfect, but you can get most of what you want. If proximity to downtown Denver is important, you may want to look at homes in Cherry Creek, Bonnie Brae, Hilltop  or even Cherry Hills Village, which is about 25 minutes from downtown. If you want to spend your days golfing, you may want to see homes in Castle Pines, Evergreen, Erie, Broomfield and other communities.

The key is to know what is important to you and communicate your priorities to your REALTOR.

Dream big! Write down what you want and tell your REALTOR

If a great view is a "must-have" write that down and share it with your REALTOR.
If a great view is a “must-have” write that down and share it with your REALTOR.

Make a list of everything you want in a home. Go beyond the typical number of bedrooms and bathrooms. If you know you need a minimum amount of square footage, write that down. If you want a huge garage or if you must have a great view, make a note of that. The more you understand what is important to you, the more likely you are to get it.  Make notes about what isn’t necessary but would be great if the price were, right, too. For example, if a pool would be nice, but a good community pool would do, too, note that. Don’t just keep your notes to yourself, though. Share them with your REALTOR.

Make a comparison chart

Some people like to take digital photographs of homes so they can review the different features when they get home. It’s also smart to have a checklist to note whether the home meets your top priorities. You can use the chart and photographs when making a comparison chart of the different homes you’ve toured with your Realtor.

Interpret the butterflies

If a home gives you butterflies, you are likely enamored by the interior design style, staging or architectural details. Identify what it is that you liked so much about the home. If it’s simply a decorating style, make a note so you can use the ideas when you decorate your new home. If what you like is actual layout, architectural features that aren’t easily changed, you may have found a top contender.

Sketch the floor plan

According to Houzz, some people find it helpful to sketch a floor plan when touring a home. Some Realtors provide you with a floor plan, especially if it’s a newly built home. If your floorplan sketch does not include room dimensions and ceiling heights, find out the information to add to your notes. Another important factor is whether or not your furniture will fit into each room. Don’t be afraid to pull out your measuring tape while house hunting.

Relocating to Colorado as part of an executive relocation is a stressful time, especially if you don’t have any family living in the area. For more information about house hunting in the Denver area, please contact a Denver relocation REALTOR.