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Moving to Utah? Congratulations! Utah is an amazing destination with SO much to offer. Like any other state or country, there are many differences in the culture that many that are new to Utah find to be the most difficult. We’ve helped thousands of people move to Utah, and just like anywhere, you should plan ahead and do some research before you go. Here are some tips our customers found to be most helpful.
Before your move to Utah you will need to contact your doctors, dentists, and any other appointments to find them in the area. Your current contacts may be able to provide a recommendation. Also, check with your health insurance regarding facilities covered in your area. Check with your homeowners or renters insurance whether moving is covered and arrange any changes needed. Notify your utility companies about a month ahead of time that you are moving and choose a shut off date. Do a change of address for the following businesses:
- Post Office
- Credit Cards
- Drivers License
- Car Insurance
One of the best qualities of Utah is their people. They are extremely friendly and welcoming and whether you are walking downtown looking at the Christmas lights or going for a stroll, it’s not out of the ordinary to meet a friend or engage in casual conversation. It isn’t strange to smile or say hello to a passerby, so don’t be afraid to be friendly.
Utah is like a whole other country! You wouldn’t move to India without knowing a few things about its culture, right? After living here all my life, many people who have moved here from other places have told me it is like no where else and here is why. Let’s start out with one of the better qualities of Utah; people are extremely friendly and welcoming in Utah. Whether you are just walking downtown looking at the Christmas lights or going for a stroll, it’s not out of the ordinary to meet a friend or engage in some casual conversation. It isn’t strange to smile or say hello to a passerby, so don’t be afraid to be friendly.
Get Ready for All Four Seasons – Utah has all four seasons so be prepared with all the essentials for a hot summer day to a cold, snowy night. Having all the seasons is especially wonderful during the holidays when you can enjoy the snow and some warm hot chocolate and then being able to enjoy the warm summer for hiking and boating.
Be aware of the time and day – One thing out-of-towners need to know ahead of time is to plan ahead for food and drinks. Utah’s hours of operation, whether for a nice restaurant or to enjoy a drink are much different than other states; many restaurants close at 9 or 10 pm on the weekdays and 10 or 11pm on the weekends and the only place to usually eat after that is fast food or Alberto’s (a late night staple in Utah). If you are having company over for drinks you need to prepare ahead of time in Utah, the only place to buy well liquor besides a bar is the liquor store, which opens and closes at 10 and is closed on Sunday. No, we do not have any well liquor at the grocery stores, so plan ahead but we do have beer. Last but not least, last call is 1am… everywhere in Utah. Now that you know, you can prepare so you don’t get stuck in a rut.
We are known for the outdoors – If you really want to enjoy what Utah has to offer get outside and enjoy one of the many mountains located close to SLC. People here love to hike, bike, climb, and camp all over Utah. If you need some equipment, Scheels, recently opened its newest and largest shopping experience in Sandy, Utah and it is a great place to find anything you need for the outdoors. Utah also has the best powder in North America, so if you board or ski and are here when it snows, get on that mountain and experience the powder that makes you feel you are gliding on top of light, fluffy clouds.
A Simple Grid System to Navigate – Utah is mostly laid out with a grid plan, the major streets run north- south and east west. It may confuse visitors and newcomers initially, but it actually makes sense. In Salt Lake City it is very easy to tell which direction you are facing, just look at the mountains – where the sun rises is east (where the big mountains are) and sun sets is west (the smaller mountains). Now that I’ve explained that in Utah we use mostly numbers for street names, there are exceptions. Once you get used to it you can find nearly any address without being familiar.
A great way to make new friends – Face to face interaction is important, there is a tendency to cocoon after a move, partly because you are tired and stressed with all the changes. Moving to a new state can be difficult when you’re away from your friends and family. I would recommend getting out there and joining a group or organization of some sort. Whether it is a sport, hobby, social club, charity group or religious organization, there are lots of ways to get involved with the community and start meeting people. To check out the popular events going on in Utah go to enjoyutah.org and it has up-to-date events and activities for you and your family.
The Inter-Mountain Relocation Council (IRC) has a social connect group that holds events once a month with the sole purpose of helping new people to Utah, meet others who are new to Utah while exploring some of the best that Utah has to offer. Many of their events are free, or subsidized by Utah’s largest corporations. You can request to be added to their events list at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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