Thank you Wendy St. Cyre for sharing your experience. It’s important that people who are considering moving to Colorado have an idea of what they can expect.
To potential refugees:
My family has been here 7 months now. Not trying to dissuade, but it’s not always easy.
Please PLAN. Of course if a situation is life or death that’s not always possible. But I see all of these folks on the various boards getting here and then having a freak out.
CO can be very expensive and the weather can be very unpredictable. If you have a child with poor health, the stress of living in a hotel might compound all of this and as expensive as hotels are you might find yourself in a vicious cycle of using up your funds. Unless you have friends to put you up, You will need money for rent, deposits, utility deposits, car registrations, moving, gas, just like any other state.
Medicaid and services can take a bit to get up and running- though pretty quick here.
COBRA your insurance for one month if possible, depending on when new insurance will kick in with a new job. If you are coming without a job, have reserves for a few months.
It can be difficult to find a landlord to rent to you if you do not have a job in some instances. Mentioning your coming for “medical marijuana” isn’t always a good idea for jobs and/or housing.
Of course if you plan on vaping or smoking you need to be aware of the rules of the housing or you could end up violating lease and end up on your butt. But most would never know if you are using oils and/or are tolerant. Read the lease.
Obviously also, apt complexes are not going to allow grows if that’s in your plan. Bring diapers and meds to use until services are going.
Using our numbers this is what our trip looked like:
- Rent (1 BR): $1200
- Deposit: $1200
- Pet deposit: $300
- Gas from NC: $800
- Budget truck and trailer to pull handicap van: $1206 (husband drove out)
- Airline tix for my son and I to come out once my husband got furniture in: $800
- Cash for MMJ doc appts: $275
- Cannabis Oil: $300 per month (this varies per person and weight and needs)
- COBRA insurance one month: $1400
I don’t remember how much utility deposits and car registration was. You have 90 days to register your car.
One idea might be to use a property mgr (most realtors deal in home SALES) to find a house rental. Most good apt complexes won’t mind videoing the apt and sending it to you via email so that you can check the place out. I wouldn’t rent anything I’d not seen at least by video or a friend looking it over.
Anyway….just wanted to shed a little realism.