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In no time at all, Colorado will experience its first winter storm. You’ll build lots of memories enjoying hot cocoa and enjoying family and friends in front of a roaring fireplace. But is your home ready for the colder months? If not, you might end up spending more time shivering under blankets than enjoying a cozy evening. Here are a few tips to make sure you and your home are ready for winter.


1. Get your chimney inspected. How often you use your fireplace will determine how often it should be cleaned, but as a rule you should have a chimney sweep out every 1-2 years. They should remove soot and dust, check for blockages, look for little creatures or birds that may have made a home up there, and determine if any repairs are needed.

2. Put up storm windows and check your weather stripping. Storm windows will keep your home more comfortable and a little cozier in the winter. You can also add thick curtains or drapes over windows to reduce the cold air from penetrating your home.

3. Check your smoke detectors. Makes sure they are in good working order and replace the batteries. Add a carbon monoxide detector if you are using a fuel-burning heater.

4. Have your trees trimmed. Look for trees or limbs that are too close to your home. A bad storm could send them crashing into your home.

5. Get your HVAC tuned up before it gets cold. The last thing you want is for your heater to fail in super cold weather.

6. Wrap your outdoor plumbing and any pipes that are not used frequently.

7. Decide if you are in the right home. Are you tired of shoveling snow and want the convenience of a maintenance-free patio home? Are you fed up with your historic home and want something that can stand up to the cold better? Are you ready to quit renting and buy your first home? If you’ve decided to move, be sure to contact Cowboy Moving & Storage in Denver, CO.


The Recommended Mover in Colorado—Any Time of Year


Cowboy Moving & Storage has been moving Coloradoans since 1968. Family owned and operated, Cowboy Moving has more than 2,300 five-star reviews on ReviewBuzz, and has an excellent reputation with the Better Business Bureau. Don’t trust your move to just anyone! Cowboy Moving & Storage thoroughly background checks every employee—and never uses contractors or day laborers. You can trust your valuable belongings to the team at Cowboy Moving.

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Are you ready to buy your first home in Colorado? Good for you! Before you start house shopping in the Denver Metro Area, Front Range or Western Slope, you’ll want to make sure you’re financially prepared. Here’s a list of six unexpected costs when you’re buying a home, so you won’t be blindsided.


1. Earnest Money: Earnest money is a deposit on your home purchase application. It lets the seller know you are serious. When the contract goes through, the amount is subtracted from the down payment and closing costs. If it doesn’t go through, you’ll get it back, depending on the contract contingencies. Earnest money is usually 1-2% of the total purchase price.

2. Appraisals: Buyers are usually responsible for the appraisal costs. It’s usually several hundred dollars.

3. Home inspections: Buyers usually pay for inspections. They, combined with the appraisal, ensure the cost of the home is fair and the home is in good condition.

4. Insurance: There are three kinds of insurance: homeowners insurance, mortgage insurance and supplemental insurance. If you put 20% or more down on a home, you won’t be required to buy mortgage insurance. If you need mortgage insurance, you’ll need to pay for a year’s insurance upfront. This can often be rolled into your monthly mortgage payment after the first year’s payment. The amount depends on the home you are purchasing.

5. Escrow Fees and Accounts: You pay lawyers or title company representatives to serve as an independent third party to make sure closing procedures go smoothly and all parties get paid. The fee is usually split between the buyer and the seller. Your lending company may require you to have an escrow account to pay your property taxes and insurance. Make sure you research property taxes before you make an offer on a home!

6. Utilities: When you move to a new town, you often have to pay connection fees for utilities like electricity and gas and setup fees for sewage, trash, recycling, TV, internet, security and more. Talk to your new neighbors to see who they purchase utilities from.


Talk To THE Recommended Mover in Colorado


When you’re ready to set up your move to your new home, be sure to talk to Cowboy Moving & Storage. They are Colorado’s #1 Recommended Mover. They’ve been helping Colorado families and businesses move since 1968. They have a fleet of dependable late-model trucks and vans, teams of moving professionals that have been background checked and all the moving supplies you’ll need for a safe and successful move.

Call 303-789-2200 today.


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Are you considering a move to a new part of Colorado? How do you know if you should buy a home there or rent one? There’s no “easy” or right answer, but there are a lot of factors to consider before you decide.


Colorado Housing Market


Colorado is a hot market right now. There aren’t enough homes on the market to meet the demand and prices are soaring. Sellers are receiving multiple bids in short order, and many are for over the asking price. This is especially true in the Denver area and Front Range. You’ll want to talk to a Realtor about the city or town you’re relocating to, in order to understand if the market is friendly to you.


Commitment Level


Are you moving to Cherry Creek or Boulder? How long do you think you’ll live there? If you can’t commit to staying in your new city for 3-5 years, buying might not be the right option for you. Moving for a new job? What if it doesn’t work out? Would you still want to live there? If you’ve got doubts, renting might be the right choice.


Know Your Neighborhoods


Are you moving to The Highlands or moving to Broomfield? The neighborhood you move to can be just as important as finding the right home to fit your needs and wants. When choosing a neighborhood in Denver, Louisville, Greeley or Littleton, you need to consider crime rates, schools, traffic patterns, walkability, safety levels and more. If you aren’t familiar with the city you’re moving to, it might make sense to rent a home first so you can test-drive the neighborhood before you buy.


Stress


Moving to Fort Collins or another city in Colorado can be an emotional and stressful experience. You’re saying goodbye to friends, coordinating a move, possibly selling your home and a million other details. Buying a home is a huge undertaking. If you don’t think you have the bandwidth, don’t rush into purchasing a home. Renting could be a better option.


Personal Goals


You’ll also want to evaluate where you are at this point in your life. Do you want to pay off some debt? Save for a down payment? Get your kids into a good school? Your decision to rent or buy when relocation will depend on your personal goals and reasons for relocation.


The Recommended Mover in Colorado


Whether you decide to buy or rent a home, you’ll want to choose a mover you can trust with your possessions. Cowboy Moving & Storage has more than 2,200 five-star reviews on ReviewBuzz. They’ve been helping Coloradans move since 1968. Family owned and operated, Cowboy Moving & Storage never uses contractors or day laborers. Every team member is drug and alcohol tested and receives a thorough background check. You can trust your move to Cowboy Moving & Storage. Call 303-789-2200.

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