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.

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

8 Affordable Things To Do in Salt Lake City in the Spring & Summer

8 affordable things to do in Salt Lake City – some of them are even FREE

This is a list of our favorite affordable things to do in Salt Lake City – some are right in the heart of the city and some are a little further out.  PLUS we asked some of you what your top affordable things to do around town and got some great suggestions! So, if you are new in town, just relocating to the Salt Lake City area or are a local and just need some inspiration to get out, here you go:

1.  Visit one of Salt Lake’s public parks

We have some amazing public parks in Salt Lake City – they offer everything from running trails, scenic spots to sit and read or picnic, playgrounds and splash pads for kids, and so much more!

Here are some of our favorites:

  • Liberty Park – with the Tracy Aviary, multiple playgrounds, volley ball courts, pavilions with tables and a beautiful lake.
  • Memory Grove – one of the most scenic parks in Salt Lake City, this park has a meditation chapel, all kinds of trails, City Creek running through the center and a trail up into the hills that connects with the Bonneville Shoreline trail.
  • Sugar House Park – this park also has a creek and a pond right in the center of the park.  There are several playgrounds, some wide open fields, a rose garden, a connection to the Parley’s trail, and one of the best protected jogging paths in the city.

2.  Visit the main downtown library

We have an award winning library in downtown Salt Lake.  Really.  It won the 2006 library of the year award for its stunning architecture and design.  That’s why it is on our list of affordable things to do in Salt Lake City!

Check out a book, attend a free class or lecture.  Check out a movie screening.  Grab a coffee and play with your kids in the children’s section.  Visit the art galleries or just hang out on the plaza outside.

3. Go camping

There are some great campsites within a very short drive of Salt Lake City.  Some that less than an hour and you’ll feel like you are in the middle of nowhere.  OR if you are willing to drive a bit further you can find some great spots in Central and Southern Utah and in the National & State parks.

Camping is one of the best affordable things to do in Salt Lake City – but in the springtime, always be sure to check the weather before you go.  It is less affordable if you have to pack up in the middle of the night during a major rainstorm and then get a hotel (speaking from personal experience).

 

Here are some good resources for campers:

4.  Visit a food truck

Salt Lake City is known for its food scene.  BUT eating out isn’t always affordable.  So our version of keeping things on a budget is to visit one of Salt Lake City’s numerous food trucks.

There are so many great choices and (sadly) no one complete list of food trucks in Utah, but here are a couple of places to start:

BONUS: Here are our top places to eat out in Sugar House.  Just in case you need a little night out on the town.

5.  Go for a bike ride

Another one of our affordable things to do in Salt Lake City is to take your bike out for a ride.  Don’t have a bike?  No problem! Salt Lake City has a bike share program in the downtown area.  There are quite a lot of protected bike lanes in Salt Lake City and lots of urban trails that lead to mountain or canyon trails and Salt Lake is a destination for road cyclists as well.

Here are some of the top bike trails around Salt Lake City:

  • Bonneville Shoreline Trail – this mountain bike trail that runs along the Wasatch Front where the ancient Lake Bonneville used to lap against the mountains.  You will find trail runners and even horseback riders on this trail.
  • Jordan River Parkway Trail – paved, flat, easy and running almost the entire length of the Salt Lake Valley, this trail runs along the river with lots of parks and protected wetlands to see along the way.  This is a great trail for families.
  • Antelope Island – road cyclists love biking across the 7 mile causeway to Antelope Island (pictured here from the air) in the middle of the Great Salt Lake.  Yes, there are antelope there.  And bison.  If you’re lucky, you might even spot a bald eagle or two.  There are also great mountain biking trails on the island.  Wear sunscreen and bring bug spray.

6. See some art

Salt Lake City is full of art museums, galleries and studios.  Plus there are some great (FREE) events that are focused on artists and creators.

Two of our favorites:

  • Salt Lake Gallery Stroll – taking place the 3rd Friday of every month.  Gallery Stroll connects artists, galleries, and the community in a downtown-wide art event.
  • Sugar House Art Walk – taking place once a quarter, this walk covers locations all throughout the heart of the Sugar House business district (including the Market Source Real Estate offices).

7.  Go for a hike

A hike is one of the best affordable things to do in Salt Lake City… it’s always free! There are numerous hiking trails around Salt Lake – and for every skill level.  From basic strolls that you can take with the youngest kids to strenuous all day hikes to multi-day backpacking trips.

Always pack plenty of snacks, lots of water, sunscreen, a small first aid kit and sunscreen when you go hiking in Utah.  Also be aware of weather conditions and wildlife.

 

Here are a few handy hiking guides:

8.  Go swimming

Swimming (inside or out) is nearly always affordable.  It’s fun, relaxing and a great family activity.

We have some really great choices here in Utah for both:

  • The Faimont Aquatic Center – Right in the heart of Sugar House.  This indoor pool offers swim lessons, classes, a lap pool and a leisure pool with a 2 story slide and a beach entry.  It is also right in a park – so you can go swimming and then visit the park as well.
  • Liberty Park Pool – open only in the summer, this outdoor pool in the one of our favorite parks!
  • Some swimming holes in Northern Utah – if you want to really have some fun in the great outdoors.

Hope you’ve enjoyed our list of affordable things to do in Salt Lake City! Have anything to add?  Let us know!