Relocating to a new area can be challenging, especially if you are moving across state lines. Often the process can be expensive and overwhelming, which can lead to a stressful move full of unexpected problems.
If moving to Utah, there are a few things to consider ahead of time to ensure the move is hassle-free. Here is a breakdown of what to do before moving day:
First and foremost, it is important to choose which neighborhood is best suited for you and your family. While singles might be most interested in Salt Lake City, as the downtown area is full of young locals, families might be more interested in suburban areas outside of downtown, such as communities in South Jordan or Herriman. These communities are family-friendly, have great schools, and even have parks, hiking trails, and lake access.
If you do not have an opportunity to visit Utah beforehand in order to rent or purchase a home, at least research what areas you are interested in. Narrowing down your search will make it easier to find a home once you arrive.
- Hire Movers
One way to simplify your move is to hire professional movers to help you transport all of your possessions. Before deciding on a company, get a few estimates from different companies. Make sure to give them all of the facts, ensuring that they will not surprise you with any big fees. For instance, many areas of Utah have narrow streets that make it difficult for a large moving van to park and unload. If the company is unaware of this, and they have to park a few blocks over from your house, they might charge you extra.
- Change Your Address
A few weeks before the move, start filling out Change of Address forms. Let the post office know, your bank, credit card companies, magazine companies, etc. Because it can take time for these changes to happen, having it done ahead of time will help ensure that the changes will be made by the time you move. Plus, because unpacking and getting acclimated to a new city can take time, you will be less stressed if your address forms are already completed.
- State Laws
Because each state has various different laws, it is important to be prepared ahead of time for anything you might encounter while moving or otherwise. For instance, Utah has liquor laws, which can be surprising to many people. Mixed drinks purchased at commercial locations cannot exceed 2.5 fl oz of alcohol while beer can only have 3.2%. Retail alcohol must be purchased at a state-run store, which have limited operating hours.
- Final Tasks
Some tasks do have to be saved ’til the very end, such as shutting off electricity and other utilities. Additionally, once you have moved, you will need to make an appointment with the Utah DMV in order to get a new license. Plus, you will need to register your vehicle and find new insurance companies.
Being on top of your moving checklist will help your move to go as smoothly as possible.
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