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post #1 of 28
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Hey Bears, I'm happy to announce that my wife and I are hoping to be moved to the Denver metro area around the first of December. We currently have our house on the market here in Chesapeake, VA and look forward to the move.

I know there are a number of people here from the Denver area so I thought I'd ask a few questions. I'm currently working for Raytheon on a wide-area surveillance radar and recently finished 10yrs active duty Navy service as an electronics technician. I'll be sending resumes, etc. before we make the move, but I'm not counting on having a job lined up before we move. I would really like to get into the home theater, a/v line of work. As an installer to start with since I don't have any industry experience. It's a hobby of mine and have put together my own systems and helped friends with theirs. Does anyone happen to know anyone in the industry in the Denver area? Anyone else with the same interest here that can pass along some company names in the area?

If that doesn't work out I will most likely stay in the electronics field. I don't think I'll have too much of a problem finding work in the field once I get out there. I sent resumes and applied to lots of places earlier this year before I released from active duty, but got no feedback. I feel that it was mainly due to me not being local to the area. I hope once I get there things will be different.

Also, we'll be looking for an apartment instead of jumping in and buying another home. I know that most apartments require verification of income before leasing a place. How does one make a move to a new area with the intentions of finding work once there and trying to find a place to live? lol

I guess that's about it. I'm just bored here at work and thought I'd throw out some questions and see if I can make a few connections with some more Denver locals before we head that way. Thanks to ssh and faisasy already for the info and help provided and for being buddies & skiing with me the past couple of years. I can't wait to get out there and ski with them more often!

Mike
post #2 of 28
Mike: You're wise to connect with Steve (SSH). He knows the biz. I'm also in the industry, although not as an installer.

If you have limited experience, you should hook-up with installer/dealers in the Denver area such as Listen Up - 3 locations, Cherry Creek Audio, and others.

Once you know what you're doing, go solo. The high-end AV installer market has exploded over the past 7 years, and continues to do so.

Disposable income lavished on these systems, and associated labor, can easily climb to 6 figures. Most installers I know are booked to the hilt for months. They get paid on the gear (with healthy mark-ups) and their labor (also healthy).

Much will depend upon you business acumen, sales ability, and technical skills.

Denver is a surging market, with no shortage of cash.

C'mon in. The water's fine.

PS. Our firm may be moving to the north Denver area (likely near Louisville or Longmont), in the next year. Stay in touch!
post #3 of 28
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Originally Posted by madmike View Post
I would really like to get into the home theater, a/v line of work. As an installer to start with since I don't have any industry experience.
If I were you I'd skip Denver and "the job", move to the mountains and start your business immediately. There's a huge building boom going on and pretty much every house built has a theater and much other a/v stuff. There's a big labor shortage up here and therefore the pay is much higher compared to Denver. I think it would be almost impossible for a smart person to fail with that type of business up here. NOW is the time because when the boom ends you want to be established and survive on maintenance, upgrades, and related revenue streams that will make appear as you go.
post #4 of 28
Lucky you...good luck with the job finding and move.
post #5 of 28
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If I were you I'd skip Denver and "the job", move to the mountains and start your business immediately. There's a huge building boom going on and pretty much every house built has a theater and much other a/v stuff. There's a big labor shortage up here and therefore the pay is much higher compared to Denver. I think it would be almost impossible for a smart person to fail with that type of business up here. NOW is the time because when the boom ends you want to be established and survive on maintenance, upgrades, and related revenue streams that will make appear as you go.

this is so true. Denver is growing but not like the mountains. We are booming and the a/v people in this town make BANK. average house cost is over 2 million. Any kind of home construction industry is going crazy up here. We don't have enough companies to handle the work load. Just my .02

Welcome to Colorado!
post #6 of 28
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Thanks for the encouragement guys. Unfortunately I'm nowhere near the point of making it my own business right now. It doesn't help that my wife doesn't want to be in the mountains to live, she wants to be very close to the city. lol I definitely see what you guys are saying though. For now I'm just gonna have to stick to finding decent work in Denver or CO Springs and see how things pan out. I'm really excited and can't wait to get out there.
post #7 of 28
my wife grew up in Portsmouth.
post #8 of 28
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my wife grew up in Portsmouth.
Wow, that's cool. Right down the road. Was she a military kid then? It's somewhat rare to come across "real" locals around here. lol It's nothing but military and retired military around here.
post #9 of 28
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Wow, that's cool. Right down the road. Was she a military kid then? It's somewhat rare to come across "real" locals around here. lol It's nothing but military and retired military around here.
her dad was in the military but died a young man. She has been in CO since 93 when she graduated.

Her Mom still lives there, and I was just there in July. I think Manchester is the road where she grew up. That may even be in Chesapeake. Small world
post #10 of 28

Be Careful Where You Choose To Live – TRAFFIC

Here's one piece of advice I give everyone moving out here...get a short term lease on a place that you think will give you/the wife enough time to find a job. Then move to a location near your job (not practical for an AV installer, but maybe for the wife). The reason I say this is that traffic is absolutely terrible out here. Ideally you don't want to commute on the interstates like I do (from downtown to just past Denver Tech Center - looks even worse in the other direction). My office moved a couple of years ago and it has had a big negative impact quality of life-wise.
post #11 of 28
I've also been heavily considering making the move to Colorado. I went to school for a year at Colorado State.

I am now a Heating and Air Conditioning tech. Im looking for a good residential only company out there. If any of you know of any, whether it be in the mountains or the front range, let me know. If any of you have other jobs for me out there, that I could use my experience for that would pay me about the same, I would consider that.

I would love to move out to Colorado. The people, less humidity, less traffic, lower cost of living, all are reasons I want to move there. Lets not forget, the skiing.

Matt
post #12 of 28
Hey, congrats on the move! I moved here 1.5 yrs ago from Charlottesville and haven't looked back....absolutely love it. I unfortunately don't have many answers to your questions, but I would recommend looking to rent in the city proper, ie. Wash Park, Cherry Creek, LoDo, Capitol Hill. I'm in Cherry Creek and like that my commute to dtown is 10 mins, instead of living out in surburbia hell, where it can take an 1 to get in. The city itself is really growing in the right direction, with many cool projects in the future...and a light rail system is about to open.
If you look in the areas just south of dtown, along Speer Blvd, you can be in a place that's 1hour 10 mins to Summit County proper...real nice imo!
Oh, by the way, it's snowing like mad here already! 2 inches in Denver, who knows how much in the mtns.
Congrats again!
post #13 of 28
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I am now a Heating and Air Conditioning tech. Im looking for a good residential only company out there. If any of you know of any, whether it be in the mountains or the front range, let me know. If any of you have other jobs for me out there, that I could use my experience for that would pay me about the same, I would consider that.
Matt, call Jim Welzig of Welzig Heating and Air. They do all our service, I know the owner, and they are really good people. Definitely worth a call.
post #14 of 28
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Unfortunately I'm nowhere near the point of making it my own business right now.
That's exactly the difference between those who live in the $2 million homes going up in the mountains and those who don't. Almost no one who starts a business is "near the point of making it their own business", they just find a way to make it happen. It's hard for me to understand because in hindsight it seems so easy and so many new opportunities look so obvious. But hey, everybody's different so GOOD LUCK!
post #15 of 28
Raytheon has contracts working on a project at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, to the east of Denver. It requires a SBI security access though. I worked there some years ago on a contract with No Such Agency. If I told you much about it I would have to kill you, but it does involve much electronics. There are (this is not classified) several large "golf balls" there that are covers for antennas. There is much housing close to there, some too close, as it is an active base with a F-16 wing.
post #16 of 28
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Matt, call Jim Welzig of Welzig Heating and Air. They do all our service, I know the owner, and they are really good people. Definitely worth a call.
Hey thanks for the tip. I'll definitely give them a call. With all the things going down at the company I work for, #1 losing the best boss ever to retirement, and some other issues, plus my ever growing hatred of living in MD. I certainly am ready to find a place to go in Colorado.

Matt
post #17 of 28
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Thanks again for the advice guys. I've already made a couple of contacts with a/v companies via this website and thread, thanks ssh and LewBob.

crudmeister, I'll keep Raytheon in mind there as well. I've seen a little bit about their Aurora project, but haven't looked into in too much detail. You might even be talking about something different than what I saw.
post #18 of 28
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Originally Posted by breckview View Post
If I were you I'd skip Denver and "the job", move to the mountains and start your business immediately. There's a huge building boom going on and pretty much every house built has a theater and much other a/v stuff. There's a big labor shortage up here and therefore the pay is much higher compared to Denver. I think it would be almost impossible for a smart person to fail with that type of business up here. NOW is the time because when the boom ends you want to be established and survive on maintenance, upgrades, and related revenue streams that will make appear as you go.
When I moved here, it took several tries before I found someone who could hook up all my stuff (and it's hardly elaborate) so it worked correctly. There is a lot of building and growth going on as Breckview says...something to think about!
post #19 of 28
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we'll be looking for an apartment instead of jumping in and buying another home. I know that most apartments require verification of income before leasing a place. How does one make a move to a new area with the intentions of finding work once there and trying to find a place to live?
I was in exactly your shoes last year. I applied for apartments while I still had my job in TX, so they were able to use that income. I got a three month lease in Lakewood. I didn't have a job but I knew I'd be skiing and mountain biking so I went with the sure thing and moved close to the mountains. The apartment I got unseen and it was a bit of a hole, but that's what the short lease was for! I had one non-negotiable goal - skiing. Any move I made, job, apartment, whatever, was predicated on 'is this conducive to skiing'. Keep your eyes on the prize...good luck!
post #20 of 28

Welcome To Denver

Denver is a great place. It's big enough to keep me busy but I can be on Lift#1 at Loveland in 50 minutes. It will snow 2feet in the city and be 70 degrees two days later. I ski in the Winter and mtn bike in the summer.

First thing you need to do is go buy a Colorado Pass. You can ski unlimited times at Keystone, Breckenridge, A-Basin, 10 days at Vail or Beaver Creek. It's $389. Copper and Winter Park have a great pass deal too for the same price.

If you have any electronics or construction experience you will have no problem finding a job. It takes at least 30k-40k minimum to pay bills and pay a house payment. www.monster.com is a good place to look.

Like others have posted above you should rent a place first until you get a feel for where you want to live. It is a buyers market here. You can find a great real estate deal right now. Here is a Denver Zip Code map:

http://www.denverrealestateonline.co...ID=583957&NF=1

Plug some zip codes into www.realtor.com
Wash Park - 80210, Cherry Creek 80209, University Park 80222, South East Denver 80231/ 80237 are all some of my favorites. The schools in the suburbs are alot better than Denver if that matters. Littleton 80121/80122 is a good place for the close in suburbs. I'm not a big fan of the burbs but alot of people live in Highlands Ranch 80126. I also have some friends that live up North in Longmont. Commuting from the suburbs sucks. Aurora is hit and miss. Some neighborhoods are nice some are not. Plus it is further from the mountains. West and Northwest Denver can be ghetto. You have to go way West to Lakewood to get out of it. The foothills can get expensive and you better know how to drive in the snow. Look in 80127 or 80401 for some cool but pricy close in mountain homes. If you really want to drive and want a small town feel check out Parker 80134.

Good luck. Oh Yeah you will be required to be a Broncos and Avalanche fan.
post #21 of 28
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Great replies all, thanks!

SugarCube, I'd have been happy to help you out with you stuff. Guess we weren't introduced to each other before then though.

Abox, thanks for that bit of info. I was thinking about Lakewood as well. Due in part to a friend living there, being closer to the mountains, and still being close to Denver. Although I wouldn't mind making all of my decisions based on 'is this conducive to skiing', I don't think my wife would think that's 100% responsible thinking. lmao

scaryfast, thanks for the breakdown. I know about the Colorado Pass, I just wish I had known for sure whether we were moving or not back in April when I was there. I should've just bought it then anyways. Faisasy was kind enough to email me a great breakdown as well. Schools aren't important as we don't have plans for kids for now. We'll definitely be renting for a little while until we get settled into work and explore the area to decide where to buy eventually. I've got 10yrs electronics experience in the Navy and that's what I've been doing for the 4 months or so since I've been out. Like I mentioned, I wouldn't mind getting out of the real technical crap and getting into the home theater a/v, field depending on if I can make enough $ to get by.

BTW, does anyone happen to know someone that works for DishNetwork(Echostar)? They've had openings for Hardware Tech I, II, and Sr. for quite some time. I just wonder if I may find an 'in' from anyone here.

I'm fully willing to become a Bronco and Av fan!
post #22 of 28
The Wash Park area is great to live in. Close to downtown, walking distance to parks, bars, shopping, restaurants, etc. I lived there for 2 years and loved it. Not sure I could handle the Denver traffic anymore though, it's horrible. If I ever get the chance to move back to CO, it will be up into a mountain town. Denver has completely outgrown itself with no room to enlarge the road systems. Other than that, spectacular city. Stick to the West side and knock 45+ minutes off your commute to skiing.
post #23 of 28
can't believe I'm giving this one away -- join Yahoo groups "RMIUG" and "RMIUG-Jobs", post your resume first (it's a membership requirement). There was a job posted either today or yesterday for an AV tech with PC support skills. Most of the IT jobs in the metro area are posted there.
post #24 of 28
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Thanks a lot for the heads up icansee. I believe that's the group that ssh mentioned to me, but it's been a little while and I forgot about it. I'll definitely check it out.
post #25 of 28
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Well, it's pretty much official now. We got an offer on our house yesterday after only 10 days on the market. The prospective buyers wanted to close on the 17th of next month, but my wife and I discussed our plans and decided to wait until the 3rd of January to close and make the move. We got a return call from our agent and the buyers have accepted the counter-offer! Look out Colorado, here we come!

I'm so stoked. I didn't expect to get an offer so quickly with the market the way that it is. Damn I'm excited!
post #26 of 28
Congrats!!! So we'll be seeing you at LGC 2.5?!!!
post #27 of 28
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Congrats!!! So we'll be seeing you at LGC 2.5?!!!
I would say that's a fair bet.
post #28 of 28
You had better show up at LGC III as well and if you end up in the AV business I'll take a 60 inch plasma at cost please
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