New to Salt Lake City? Here’s Everything You Need to Know

If you’re new to Salt Lake City of a just in the process of planning to relocate to Salt Lake City then there are a few things you will want to know to make sure that you can your family get settled as quickly and easily as possible. This is our Salt Lake City Newcomers guide to get you on the right track.

New to Salt Lake City: Finding A Job

 

If you have moved to Salt Lake City and need to find a job then there are a lot of great resources available to help you find the perfect opportunity to suit you and your family life.

To help start your search you could try these resources:

 

New to Salt Lake City: Getting on the Road

 

If you are relocating to Salt Lake City from outside of Utah then you might need to think about getting your vehicle registered and getting a new state driver’s license.

If you are planning to get a new license there are a few steps to follow:

 

  1. Schedule an appointment online, or just walk into the office
  2. Complete the application form (you can do this online before you attend the appointment if you wish)
  3. Get a photo taken
  4. Give evidence that you have complete the appropriate driver training course. This can be done by giving over your current driver’s license. If you don’t want to do this you will have to get a learner’s permit, and use that for 90 days
  5. Show proof of your identity, including your social security number and two proofs of your residence in Utah.
  6. You will have to take an eye exam and then, one or both of a written and practical test.
  7. Pay a fee of $32 or $39 if you are 20 or under.

Some helpful links:

 

New to Salt Lake City: Enrolling your Kids in School

 

Before you decide exactly where you kids are going to go to school you will want to get the low down on the option available to you. After all a good education is one of the key’s ingredients to the American dream.

 

New to Salt Lake City: Registering to Vote

 

Getting registered to vote in your new state is a big deal. You don’t want to miss out the chance to have your voice heard so make sure you get yourself signed up. If you are getting a Utah driver’s license you will be asked then if you wish to register to vote, so you can kill two birds with one stone. 

You can also register to vote online, it’s really easy to do, so there’s no reason to put it off.

Make the most of a 3 day relocation house hunting trip

You’re getting ready to move across the county in a few months.  For a new job or a new adventure or a change of scenery.  Relocation is a big, complicated step.  A lot of our relocation clients pick a 3 day window to fly out and start seeing houses a few months before the move.  We’ve compiled all the things we’ve learned to make a relocation trip that much easier for you.  Here’s how you can plan your relocation house hunting trip and condense it into 3 days.

 

Make the most of a 3 day relocation house hunting trip:
  1. Plan in advance
  2. Explore the area
  3. See some homes
  4. Write Offers

Plan Ahead

To maximize your relocation house hunting trip, find a real estate agent that specializes in relocation hunting.
Work with that agent in advance to discuss your home requirements and needs.  It will help them eliminate areas, homes and amenities that just won’t work for you.
Plan on seeing about 8-10 homes during your trip.  This means long and dedicated days with your agent – the more time you can give them to plan  the more you’ll be able to see.

DAY 1: Explore the Area

Spend the first day of your relocation house hunting trip exploring neighborhoods.  You agent can help you narrow down areas that make sense for you.  Don’t skip this step – you don’t want to find a home you love in an area that doesn’t suit your needs.
For example, if you have young kids finding are area with a great school district will be important.  If you want to have a minimal commute, targeting a spot that has good access to public transportation or is close to your office is key.
Narrow down your search to 2-4 areas and neighborhoods that you really like and focus your search there.

DAY 2: Visit homes

The second day is the day to dive in and start seeing homes.  Your relocation real estate agent should be able to plan a route to help maximize your time and keep you from driving back and forth across the city.  Set the goal of visiting 6-8 homes – a couple in each of the areas you like.

Wear comfortable shoes, carry some water, take time for a lunch break – it is going to be a long day.
As you see homes be sure to rank them for your agent – tell them which ones you like the most and the least.  It will help them get to know your preferences and dislikes when it comes to a home.  It can also help you cross off some homes without even seeing them.  Maximize time spent looking at homes you actually like in areas you love.
At the end of Day 2 of your relocation house hunting trip, you’ll want to have a couple of homes on the shortlist of possibilities.

 

 

 

DAY 3: Write offers

On the morning of Day 3 you can squeeze in a couple more walkthroughs if you want or if you only have one home that you like from the day before.
Afterwards, you want to spend the third day writing offers with your agent.  Ideally you have 2-3 homes that you’re making an offer on before you head home from your relocation house hunting trip.

 

BACK AT HOME:

Stay in touch with your real estate agent.  They will let you know if any of your offers were accepted, what they need from you next.  You agent can also help coordinate inspections, refer you to people to help with repairs or cleaning, and can even arrange for you to close on your home long distance.

The BEST places to see a concert in Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City has really grown up in the past 10 years in becoming an actual destination for bands and musicians on tour.  There are some great places to see a concert in Salt Lake City – the kind of concert that feels intimate, casual, and unique.  Not only that – there are some great outdoor summer concert series around town that combine great music and great atmosphere!

The BEST indoor spots to see a concert in Salt Lake City

 

Salt Lake City has some great places to see some HUGE stadium shows.  But that isn’t the type of concert we’re talking about here.  We’re talking about the intimate, smaller venues with great sound where you can see an awesome show while still feeling like you’re a part of the music.  These are year-round venues with a great line up of national and local musicians and bands.

Here are our favorite intimate, indoor spots to see a concert in Salt Lake City:

 

  • The State Room – The State Room feels like a small black box theater because in a former life it was a black box children’s theater! With a mix of stadium seating and standing room in front of the stage, it only fits 299 people – so no matter where you sit/stand you’ll have a guaranteed great view of the state and performers.  This is a 21+ venue with 10+ shows a month.
  • The Commonwealth Room – this new venue is sister to The State Room.  Even though she is newer, she is most decidedly the bigger sister.  The Commonwealth Room blends a bigger warehouse style venue, The State Room’s professional team with a setting that still manages to feel close-knit.
  • Urban Lounge – With a show almost every single night of the week, this small venue is probably the most intimate. (The stage is only 2.5 feet off the floor).  Urban Lounge brings in performers that you can’t see anywhere else – and from all over the world.  They also feature Utah bands and musicians in support of the local music scene.  This is a 21+ / standing room only venue located right in-between Downtown Salt Lake City and the University of Utah with great bars and restaurants all around if you want to make a night of it!
  • The Depot – truly a unique venue to see a concert in Salt Lake City, The Depot is in an old Union Pacific train station (that may or may not be haunted).  This is the biggest venue on this list, but it still feels intimate with a capacity of only 1200, there are 4 stories.  Most shows here are all ages shows.

The BEST outdoor spots to see a concert in Salt Lake City & beyond

 

Picture this: sitting outside in a beautiful concert venue where you can bring a picnic and some wine, spread out a blanket and sit back and enjoy…  Sound perfect?  Salt Lake City and the surrounding areas have some really great outdoor concert series during the summer. These warm weather venues always have a line up to look forward to every year.  Some are in the heart of the city and some are a little further afield – but well worth the trip.

 

Here are our favorite intimate, outdoor spots to see a concert in Salt Lake City:

 

  • Red Butte Garden Concert Series – Up on the mountain at the stunning Red Butte Garden, this is the concert series that everyone in Salt Lake looks forward to every year.  Garden members get first priority for ticket sales – and they sell out fast.  With a great line up, this all ages venue allows you to bring in food, drinks, and alcohol.  Seating tops out at around 3,000 and is mostly open seating – which means you need to get in line early to get into the venue.  But really, there isn’t a bad seat.  You’ll find artists like Sheryl Crow and Billy Idol and Brandie Carlile playing in a much more intimate setting.
  • The Salt Lake Twilight Concert Series – taking place on Thursday nights in Downtown Salt Lake City during the summer, The Twilight Concert Series has been taking place for 30 years! These concerts are super affordable – in the $10 range and open to all ages.  Food is available from various food trucks!
  • The Salt Lake Twilight Concert Series – taking place on Thursday nights in Downtown Salt Lake City during the summer, The Twilight Concert Series has been taking place for 30 years! These concerts are super affordable – in the $10 range and open to all ages.  Food is available from various food trucks.

 

  • The Ogden Twilight Concert Series – Ogden is the new kid on the block when it comes to hosting a large-scale concert series.  They’ve only been at it for a couple of years, but their line up keeps getting better and better.  Shows are all ages with no outside food or drink.
  • Deer Valley Concert Series & Deer Valley Music Festival – up at the famed Deer Valley, the Snow Peak Outdoor amphitheater hosts a series of several shows every summer.  The concert series features live bands and the music festival features the Utah Symphony & guests.  It is up at a high altitude – so be prepared to bundle up once the sun goes down.  You can pre-order picnic bags – so you don’t have to worry about packing your own.

Other unorthodox places to see live music or a concert in Salt Lake City

There are a few other great spots to catch a great performance in Utah! Here are a few that you might not thing of automatically:

 

  • Utah Symphony – Utah has an award winning symphony & opera – with all kinds of guest conductors, performers and special shows. Bet you didn’t know that!
  • Utah Arts Festival – The Utah Arts festival celebrates all kinds of art – including musical.  With multiple stages this four day festival is as much for music lovers as anything.
  • Salt Lake City Jazz Festival – our basketball team isn’t the only jazz you’ll find in town… the Jazz festival is a great place to see a concert in Salt Lake City! It’s been a thing for well over 15 years and is going strong.
  • Utah Blues Fest – With the stated goal of “keepin’ the blues alive” the Utah blues fest brings in performers from all over the United States and is a fundraiser for the Utah Blues Society.

Why Work With a Real Estate Relocation Agent? 3 Ways You’ll Benefit!

Relocating can complicated and stressful.  There are a lot of pieces to coordinate – from buying a home, to packing, to moving, to little details like getting a new driver’s license and filling out change of address forms.  We get it.  That is why you want to work with a real estate relocation agent to help you navigate all the complicated challenges that come with moving across the country.

Here are 3 things that a real estate relocation agent can help you with:

1.  They can help you narrow down your search.

If you are house hunting in a city you don’t know it can be hard to narrow down which neighborhoods are a good fit your your lifestyle and personality.  These things are beyond just bedroom and bathroom count.

For example you:

  • Like living in the heart of the city and restaurants, concerts and nightlife are important to you
  • Need a yard for pets / kids
  • Don’t want a long commute, so need something close to you office
  • Would rather not have to worry about major upkeep or don’t have time to do any remodeling and so would prefer a new home
  • Love to cook/entertain and not only want a nice kitchen but would like to be close to a local farmers market and specialty shops
  • Prefer to commute via bike of public transportation
  • You like to go running or hiking outside and would like easy access to trails
A real estate relocation agent can help tailor your search to an area that is will fit YOU.

2.  A real estate relocation agent doesn’t just know the market, they know people

As you are house hunting, a real estate relocation expert can help you with other resources all well.

Things like:

  • Finding a quality lender
  • Connecting with contractors to help with any home repairs
  • Insurance agents
  • Cleaning services
  • Unpacking and organizing services
Their relationships can save you time, money and hassle.

3.  They can help you find all the *hidden* gems

Every city has hidden nooks and corners that take time to get to know.  A real estate relocation agent can give you an insider’s perspective to make you feel right at home.

They can tell you about things like:

  • Concert and live music venues
  • Local sports teams
  • Farmers markets, specialty shops, food events
  • Museums and local attractions
  • Parks, zoos and kids activities
  • The best bars and top restaurants
  • Festivals, fairs, special events
  • Places to hike, ski or snowboard, bike

Find additional relocation resources and our tips for relocating to Salt Lake City HERE:

 

 

Looking to relocate to Salt Lake City Utah?  Market Source Real Estate can help.  We’ve assisted multiple delighted clients with their relocation and move.  Give us a call today! 801.810.6773

Relocating to Salt Lake City? Here’s Where to Start!

So you’re relocating to Salt Lake City? We’re proud to say that Market Source Real Estate has helped countless clients move from other states to the greater Salt Lake City area.  We’re pros at helping you find the neighborhoods that fit your lifestyle and interests.  We can also help you figure out the logistics of the move and some amazing things to explore when you arrive!

 

Here are some of the resources we’ve compiled just for you to get started.  When you’re ready for the next step in relocating to Salt Lake City, give us a call and we’ll help you through the entire process!

I’m relocating to Salt Lake City?  Where should I start my home search?

 

How much does it cost to live in Salt Lake City?

When relocating to Salt Lake City, you always want to figure out the cost of living.  Here are a few sites to help:

 

Done relocating to Salt Lake City.  Now, how do I get around?

 

Now that I’m here, how do I find a job in Salt Lake City?

Usually when people relocate to Salt Lake City, they have a job lined up.  BUT here are some useful resources in case you haven’t found the dream job yet.

Looking for some more information about relocating to Salt Lake City?

Get the local scoop from some of our other blog posts about Salt Lake City:

 

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