Getting Ready to Move to Utah
If you’re looking for reasons to move to the Beehive State, you can take your pick: with five national parks, some of the world’s most prized arts and film festivals, great schools, a low cost of living, the second-lowest unemployment rate and among the highest economic growth in the country (according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce), along with a powerful sense of community, Utah really is one of our hidden gems. If you’re part of the growing numbers migrating to Deseret, SmartMove has a whole host of tools to help you get there easily and comfortably.
You’ll need to do some planning and preparation before you head to your Utahan home, whether it’s rented or purchased. For some great tips and information on how SmartMove can help your move, keep reading this guide.
Help and Services for Moving to Utah
You might be inspired by the Utahan pioneer history and want to take care of your entire move by yourself. If you go this route, don’t forget to take Utah’s famous community-oriented philosophy at heart too, and ask your friends and family for help packing up your life and moving it cross-state. You’ll be surprised at how much people are willing to do to help someone they care about, and you might even find it a fun bonding experience.
If you’d rather leave the heavy lifting to the professionals, SmartMove can help you choose the right movers. Use SmartMove’s handy tool to compare prices and get information on deals, but don’t forget to do your own research, too. Opting for a slightly more expensive company with better online reviews will be worth it when you get to Utah and all your belongings are in one piece. Speaking of which, make sure you read through your chosen company’s website to learn about their breakage and loss policies, as well as the extent of the services they offer and any extra costs. When you’re confident you’ve made the right decision, get all the terms in writing and keep your contracts close at hand. You never know when you might need to refer to them.
The Utah government website includes a page with quick links for people looking to move there, including information on schools, taxes, housing, and even getting a job, among many other resources.
You’ll often be able to get a little financial help from your employer, as many businesses offer relocation allowances, and you can sometimes benefit from a tax break, too, as some aspects of a move are allowable deductions on your federal return. Check with an accountant to see if your case applies for these savings. Policies vary by state, and you don’t want to make incorrect assumptions.
Cable Providers Available in Utah
Your main providers for internet, TV, and phone services in Utah are Charter and Comcast. If you’re happy with your current plan and want to continue it in your new place, SmartMove has a tool to streamline the process, from finding out if your old provider is available in your new neighborhood to actually transferring the services over. If you want to choose a new company, SmartMove lets you compare prices and check out deals with just a few clicks. With SmartMove, setting up your cable has never been easier.
You can often set things up in advance if you contact your likely providers before you move in. Make your life easier by sorting things out as soon as possible, and limit your worries on moving day.
Energy Providers Available in Utah
In Utah, your utilities will be provided by local suppliers, and thankfully, the state’s Division of Public Utilities (DPU) site is very comprehensive. On various pages, you’ll find lists of providers, tariffs, and other information like energy assistance plans and alternative energy incentives for electricity, natural gas, and water. If you can, it’s easier to regularly pay one lump sum than a bunch of smaller bills.
Get in touch with your likely providers to arrange setting up your utilities before you arrive at your new home. It’s usually a straightforward process, and that way, you can enjoy all your home comforts as soon as you move in.
Important Utah Agencies and Resources
One of the first things you’ll want to do when you get to Utah is take care of your driving documentation. The Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) handles all licensing and identification services, while the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) deals with vehicle-related services like titling and registration. You’ll need to visit your local DPS office in person to get your new Utah driver’s license. You must have that document in order to register your car, so you’ll want to take care of it quickly, as you only have 60 days from first establishing residency to register without penalty. SmartMove’s useful moving checklist will keep you on top of these sorts of little bureaucratic tasks that can be easy to miss.
Update your financial information to avoid any complications with credit cards or insurance, and let the Post Office know about your new address, too. Changing your information isn’t difficult, but it can take a while. Give yourself plenty of time in advance to fill out all the forms and contact the appropriate entities. A little bit of prep work, and your actual move will be a breeze.
Disclaimer: The information is provided for general information and educational purposes only, and is not a substitute for professional advice.