Moving to Utah

Possessing equal parts breathtaking landscapes, wide-open spaces, a thriving economy, and a high quality of life, Utah is special. As one of the Top 3 fastest-growing states in America, the Beehive State – its nickname represents virtues treasured by the region’s origin settlers: industry, perseverance, thrift, stability, and self-reliance – is a place of strong community, work ethic, and independence. 

Though it may be home to the largest LDS population, the state is welcoming to all, with Salt Lake City considered one of the friendliest cities for the LBGTQIA+ community. With its plethora of opportunities and outdoor activities, it’s easy to see why so many folks (including Californians and Non-Mormons) are flocking to this majestic western state.

Considering a move to Utah? We’ve put together this practical guide to make your decision a lot easier:

  1. Things to Consider Before Moving to UT
  2. Best Places to Live in the State
  3. Interstate Relocation Checklist
  4. Great Guys Utah Moving Services 
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Living in Utah: What to Know Before Moving to Utah

Making your way to the Beehive State? As the 13th largest state by size (84,897 sq. ft.) and 31st most populous state (3.16 million), Utah has a lot to offer. Check out what you need to know below.

Pros and Cons of Living in Utah

Pros: 

  • Booming economy: Ranked by WalletHub as the second-best economy in the nation, Utah scores high across the board in categories like economic health (#1) and employment (#1).
  • Outdoor paradise: Enjoy watersports, climbing, hiking, skiing, and everything in between? There’s a good reason why Utah is dubbed the ‘adventure sports capital of the US’.
  • Low crime: Currently ranked #4 safest state in America, the Land of the Saints consistently ranks in the Top 10. It is also second in workplace safety and seventh in emergency preparedness.
  • Education: Home to Brigham Young University and the University of Utah (plus one of the top community colleges, Salt Lake Community College), there are stellar educational opportunities.
  • Friendliness & equality: Folks here are extremely friendly. Salt Lake City, for instance, is considered one of the most welcoming cities for the LGBTQIA+ community.
  • Youthful state: As the youngest state, the Gem State maintains a median age of just under 31 years. With a 90% high school graduation rate, Utahns are also highly educated.
  • Clear night sky: Love gazing at the stars? With less light pollution, Utah offers clear and sparkling night skies. Bryce Canyon National Park is a top stargazing destination.

Cons:

  • Housing: Coming in at #9 on Business Insider’s The Most Expensive and Affordable States to Buy a House, the median listing price is approximately $370,000.
  • Lack of diversity: Ranked in the Top 10 least diverse states in the country, Utah has much room for improvement when it comes to cultural, religious, and political diversity. Regardless of whether viewed as a pro or con, it is important to know that at least 60% of the population identifies as Mormon. This statistic increases to over 80% in Southern Utah.
  • Extreme weather: The state is desert and mountains, which leads to intense summer heat (as high as 115 °F) and particularly frigid winters with lots of snowfall.
  • Liquor laws: There’s been an improvement, but liquor laws are still quirky. Bars and other establishments can’t serve after 1 am, and the max alcohol content of beer is 4% by volume.
  • Landlocked: If you love the ocean, this may not be the state for you. However, if you can live without beach adventures, you can find plenty of outdoor fun here.
  • Weird state laws: Like most other states, Utah has some odd laws still on the books. For example, a husband can be held responsible for any crimes committed by his wife.

Tax Rates

  • Property Tax: 0.66%. Utah has the eleventh lowest rate in the nation.
  • Sales Tax: 4.7%. Combined with local taxes, the total tax rate for Utah jurisdictions is 4.7%–8.7%. 
  • Income Tax: 4.95%. The state has a flat income tax.

Housing Market

To Rent or Buy? As the population grows, so does the price of housing in Utah. The median home value is higher than the national average of $227,700. However, if you’re moving from a place like California or New York City, buying a home is much cheaper compared to those parts of the country.

  • Median Home Value: $341,800
  • Median Rental Expense: $797 (1BR), $986 (2BR)

Cheapest Places to Live in Utah:

  1. Washington Terrace
  2. Harrisville
  3. Hyrum
  4. Price
  5. Sunset
  6. Nibley
  7. Nephi
  8. Roy
  9. Roosevelt
  10. Plain City

Cost of Living

According to the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC), Utah ranks #27 in the US for its cost of living. Its cost of living index is 98.4. This index falls below the nationwide index of 100.

Utilizing the Family Budget Calculator, let’s compare the average monthly expenses in two Utah metro areas for a family of four (2 adults + 2 children). 

First, we’ll take a look at Salt Lake City. Here’s the cost breakdown: $1,035 for housing, $726 for food, $1,321 for childcare, $1,148 for transportation, $906 for healthcare, $710 for other necessities, and $952 for taxes, for a total of $6,798 per month or $81,578 per year.

Next, we have Cedar City. The expense breakdown: $697 for housing, $754 for food, $1,219 for childcare, $1,218 for transportation, $1,126 for healthcare, $585 for other necessities, and $874 for taxes, totaling $6,473 per month or $77,675 per year.

Weather & Natural Disasters

Though Utah experiences a semi-arid to desert climate (which leads to temperate weather with hot summers), regional climates can vary greatly. There are over 11,000 feet of elevation change due to the many mountains found in the state. This variation leads to extreme weather. In the summer it can reach 90°F to 115°F, while winters are cold and snowy. Utah is considered to have the “greatest snow on Earth.”

On average, Utah has almost 240 days of sunshine (compared to the national average of 205). It sees approximately 43 inches of snowfall and 15 inches of rain per year. Of course, this depends on the location. For instance, Alta Ski Area saw 626 inches of snow during the 2018-19 season!

Natural Disaster – Threats & Risks:

  1. Earthquakes
  2. Floods
  3. Snowstorms
  4. Landslides
  5. Wildfires
  6. Avalanche
  7. Tornado

Economy & Job Market

According to Economy Rankings by US News & World Report, Utah ranks as the #2 economy in America (just behind Colorado). This ranking is based on several categories, including business environment (#5), employment (#1), and growth (#6). The median income is $36,975, and GDP is approximately $524.3 billion.

Top Industries:

  1. Aerospace and Defense
  2. Health Technology
  3. Information Technology
  4. Sporting Goods
  5. Natural Products
  6. Renewable Resources
  7. Travel and Tourism

Top Employers:

  1. Autoliv
  2. Frito-Lay
  3. Intermountain Healthcare
  4. Nu Skin Enterprises
  5. SkyWest Airlines
  6. Smith’s Food & Drug Stores
  7. Alsco
  8. Zions Bank
  9. Management & Training Corp.
  10. C.R. England

Looking for work in Utah? Here are some helpful resources:

  1. Utah.gov page: Utah Department of Workforce Services
  2. Job search: Indeed, LinkedIn, CollegeRecruiter, CareerBuilder
  3. Resume help: Monster, TopResume, ResumeRobin

Traffic and Transportation

Major Forms of Public Transportation:

  1. UTA Buses (including ski buses)
  2. TRAX Light Rail
  3. Frontrunner Commuter Rail
  4. Greyhound Bus
  5. Air (30+ airports, including SLC)
  6. Taxi (Ute Cab, City Cab, Yellow Cab)
  7. Uber / Lyft

Major Interstate Highways:

  1. Interstate 15
  2. Interstate 70
  3. Interstate 80
  4. Interstate 80N
  5. Interstate 84
  6. Interstate 215
  7. Interstate 415

According to Best and Worst States to Drive In by Wallethub, Utah ranks #34 overall in the United States. This ranking depends on several factors: cost of ownership (#36), traffic & infrastructure (#14), safety (#31), and access to vehicles & maintenance (#34).

Things to Do

  • Food & Drink: Cat Cora’s Kitchen, The Roof Restaurant, Under Current, Epic Brewing Company, The Park Café, Lucky 13, Mom’s Kitchen, The Chocolate Conspiracy, Caffé D’Bolla, So Cupcake, Cheers to You, crEATe Donuts, Downtown Farmers Market, Waffle Love, Pretty Bird, Harmons, That Hot Dog Place, Powder, Farr Better Ice Cream Co., Valter’s Osteria, Red Iguana, Angie’s Restaurant, Stacked, Settebello, Penny Ann’s Café, Hell’s Backbone Grill, Tony Caputo’s Market & Deli 
  • Fun & Games: Escape Room Park City, Mystery Escape Room, The Paint Mixer, Getout Games, Egyptian Theatre, Alcatraz Escape Games, The Escape Key, Thunder Junction All Abilities Park, Utah Olympic Park, Megaplex Theaters, Zion Shooting Experience, Ruby’s Horseback Adventures, Axe Arena, Topgolf Salt Lake City, Great Room Escape, Park City Gun Club, Red Giant Escape Rooms, Labyrinth Reality Games, Draper City Park, Kaysville Theatre, The Escape Key
  • Nature & Parks: Bryce Canyon National Park, Navajo / Queens Garden Loop, Hell’s Revenge, Arches National Park, The Narrows, Zion National Park, The Wave at Coyote Buttes, Navajo Trail, Angel’s Landing, Bryce Amphitheatre, Peek-A-Boo Loop, Corona Arch, Canyon Overlook Trail, Rim Trail, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, Little Wild Horse Canyon, Wall Street, Canyonlands National Park, Calf Creek Falls Recreation Area, Cedar Breaks National Monument, Big Cottonwood Canyon 
  • Sights & Landmarks: Inspiration Point, Highway 12 Scenic Byway, Delicate Arch, Observation Point, Sunset Point, Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, South Coyote Buttes, Bryce Point, Cedar Breaks National Monument, Provo City Center Temple, Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway, Muley Point Overlook, Arches National Park Scenic Drive, Cove Fort, Sunrise Point, Mirror Lake Scenic Byway, Grand View Point Overlook, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Island in the Sky, Moki Dugway 
  • Museums: Kanab Heritage House Museum, Natural History Museum of Utah, Hill Aerospace Museum, RedRock Astronomy, Dinosaur Quarry, St. George Children’s Museum, Church History Museum, Park City Museum, Joseph Smith Memorial Building, Treehouse Children’s Museum, Utah Field House of Natural History State Park, Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum, Frontier Homestead State Park Museum, Thanksgiving Point, Wheeler Historic Farm, Clark Planetarium
  • Art Galleries: David J. West Gallery, Tom Till Gallery, LaFave Gallery, Coyote Gulch Art Village, Worthington Gallery, The Covey Center for the Arts, Sorella Gallery, Hogan Trading Company, Raven’s Heart Gallery, Artisans Gallery, DeZion Gallery, Gallery Moab LCA, David Beavis Fine Art, McMillen Fine Art Photography Gallery, Art at the Main Gallery, Meyer Gallery, Kimball Art Center, Fatali Gallery, Harold B. Lee Library, Cedar Mesa Pottery, Glass Art Institute at Thanksgiving Point
  • Skiing & Snowboarding: Backcountry Snowmobiling (Coalville), Deer Valley Resort (Park City), Alta Ski Resort (Alta), Snowbasin Resort (Huntsville), Powder Mountain (Eden), Brain Head Resort (Brian Head), Solitude Mountain Resort (Solitude), Woodward Park City (Park City), Park City Mountain Resort (Park City), Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort (Snowbird), Canyons Village at Park City (Park City), Beaver Mountain (Logan), Eagle Point Ski Resort (Beaver), Snowbird (Brighton)
  • Amusement Parks, Zoos & Aquariums: George S Eccles Dinosaur Park, Alpine Coaster, AQUA x ZONE, Lagoon Amusement Park, Cowabunga Bay, Cherry Hill Water Park, Cedar City Aquatic Center, Nightmare on 13th, Logan Aquatic Center, Provo Beach, Evermore Park, Lindon Aquatics Center, SeaQuest Utah, Tracy Aviary, Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, Utah’s Hogle Zoo, Zootah at Willow Park, Scales & Tails Utah, Carver’s Cove Petting Farm
  • Spas & Wellness: Serenity Spa by Westgate, The Spa at Hotel Park City, Aura Spa & Boutique, Align Spa, Calming Touch Massage, South Davis Recreation Center, The Kura Door, Moab Recreation & Aquatics Center, St. George Massage, Zion Canyon Massage, Hibiscus Springs Spa, Yoga Kula Project, Knead a Massage – Park City, Spa Moab, Deep Canyon Spa & Salon, Basalt Day Spa, Del Sol Massage, Provo Recreation Center, Park City Yoga Adventures, Spa Montage, San Miguel Wellness 
  • Cool & Unusual: Trilobite Quarry, Hole N the Rock, Thistle Ghost Town, The Spiral Jetty, Saltair, The Wahweap Hoodoos, Sun Tunnels, Mystic Hot Springs, Bonneville Salt Flats / Bonneville Speedway, The “Up” House, 17 Room Ruin, Roots of Knowledge Stained Glass, Victim of the Beast Gravestone, Grafton Ghost Town, Parowan Gap Petroglyphs, Mars Desert Research Station, Gilgal Sculpture Garden, Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple, Home of Truth, Summum Pyramid, Delta Solar Ruins 

Schools and Universities

Utah is home to many acclaimed universities and public schools. According to Education Rankings by US News & World Report, Utah is ranked #10 overall in the United States. It comes in at #6 in higher education and #22 in K–12 education. Here are the top colleges and public school districts:

Top UT Colleges:

  1. Brigham Young University (Provo)
  2. Westminster College (Salt Lake City)
  3. Utah State University (Logan)
  4. University of Utah (Salt Lake City)
  5. Southern Utah University (Cedar City)
  6. Dixie State University (St. George)
  7. Utah Valley University (Orem)
  8. Weber State University (Ogden)
  9. Snow College (Ephraim)
  10. Western Governors University (Salt Lake City)

Top UT Public School Districts:

  1. Park City School District (Park City)
  2. Success Academy (Cedar City)
  3. Cache County School District (Logan)
  4. Wasatch County School District (Heber City)
  5. Washington County School District (St. George)
  6. Davis School District (Farmington)
  7. Alpine School District (American Fork)
  8. Canyons School District (Sandy)
  9. North Summit School District (Coalville)
  10. Salt Lake School District (Salt Lake City)

How to Become a Utah Resident

For tax purposes, the state defines a resident of Utah as someone that has established:

  1. Domicile in Utah for the entire year (even if living outside of the state for part of that year)
  2. Domicile in Utah for any period during that tax year and only that tax year
  3. Domicile outside Utah, but maintains an abode in Utah and spends at least 183 days there

To become a resident student, you must establish domicile in Utah for at least 12 months before your school term without leaving the state for a total of 30 days or more.

Moving to Utah DMV

Acquiring a new driver’s license:

There is no grace period in Utah. The state requires someone to have a valid driver’s license while driving here. 

To obtain a Utah driver’s license:

  1. Schedule an appointment or visit a driver license office
  2. Complete application
  3. Have photo taken
  4. Provide valid out-of-state license
  5. Show proof of ID, social security number, and two documents of Utah address
  6. Pass vision test
  7. Take written and driving skills test (if applicable)
  8. Pay applicable fees

Vehicle registration:

New UT residents have up to 60 days to transfer an out-of-state title and registration. First, you’ll need the existing title and registration. Your vehicle may need a vehicle inspection for safety and emissions. A Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) inspection is a requirement (a DMV employee, peace officer, certified safety inspector, licensed dealer, or designated contractor can complete this inspection). If you need more time for inspections, you can request a 15-day temporary permit.

To qualify to vote, you must be:

  1. A citizen of the United States
  2. 18 years of age or older by election day
  3. A Utah resident for at least 30 days before the election

Utah has an online voter registration system. Registration can be completed online, in person, or by mail. The state allows both no-excuse voting and early voting.

*Note: A Utah felon has their voting rights restored upon completion of his or her prison sentence.

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Best Places to Live in Utah

Northern Utah

Highland

Population: 19,000
Median Home Value: $586,800

First, on our tour of Utah, we have Highland. As the #1 place to live in Utah County, the city south of Salt Lake City was recently ranked as the safest city (which is saying a lot, considering that Utah is one of the Top 5 safest states). Nearly 90% of residents own their homes, and public schools are highly rated.

With a median age of 23 years, Highland has quite a young community. If you’re looking for a great place to live in Northern Utah that offers amazing outdoor activities, you’ve found it: American Fork Canyon (access to hiking trails and Mt. Timpanogos), the Alpine Loop, Provo Canyon, Thanksgiving Point, and Lone Peak. On the downside, there is a lack of diversity (95% of residents are white), and the cost of housing is high. People tend to be wealthier here, and there can be a slightly pompous atmosphere.

Are you looking for great public education for your kids? Highland has some of the best schools in the state. Check out Cherry Hill Elementary School Gifted Program, Lone Peak High School, Cedar Ridge Elementary School, Highland Elementary School, American Fork High School, Timberline Middle School, Westfield Elementary School, Legacy Elementary School, and Ridgeline School.

Though housing prices are up there, Highland offsets this with its beautiful scenery, safe neighborhoods, and friendly community (close to Lehi, Draper, and SLC) that’s great for raising a family.

Logan

Population: 51,100
Median Home Value: $236,400

Home to Utah State University, Logan (located in Cache County) is a lively city nestled in Northern Utah. With a median age of just 24 years, there’s a youthful yet family-centric vibe here. 61% of residents rent their homes, and there is an assortment of K–12 schools and colleges to choose from in the area.

Surrounded by stunning mountains and canyons, Logan offers a multitude of outdoor recreation: hiking, camping, mountain biking, rock climbing, skiing, and much more. It is both a family-oriented community and college town, which presents many opportunities and activities for all. If you’re looking for stellar education, Utah State University is renowned for its education, agricultural, and engineering programs.

Top public schools serving Logan include Bear River Charter School, Hillcrest Elementary School, Logan High School, Ellis School, and Wilson School. If you’re in search of private education, consider Logan River Academy. For prospective college students, check out Utah State University, Bridgerland Applied Technology College, Maximum Style Tec School of Cosmetology, and Stevens-Henager College – Logan.

Are you searching for the perfect combo of college atmosphere and small-town feel? Logan may be the ideal place to play hard, work hard, get an education, and even start a family.

Orem

Population: 97,800
Median Home Value: $325,500

Nicknamed “Family City USA,” Orem is undoubtedly one of the best places to raise a family in Utah. The city has seen major growth in recent years (in large part due to Utah Valley University). This development has led to greater diversity, which is something that is lacking in other parts of the state. 59% of residents are homeowners, and the public schools that serve the area are highly respected.

Located next to Provo and about 45 minutes south of Salt Lake City, breathtaking nature surrounds Orem. There is a high concentration of families here, and the neighborhoods are known for being super friendly. Home to Utah Lake and 20+ parks, Orem offers plenty of outdoor fun (along with many youth and adult sports leagues). On top of that, it also offers a reasonable cost of living.

Have kids? For public education, check out Utah County Academy of Sciences (UCAS), Cherry Hill Elementary School Gifted Program, Timpview High School, Centennial Middle School, and Canyon Crest School. Looking for private schooling? Consider Kids Village, Arches Academy, KinderCare Learning Center, and Cascade Mountain High School. Orem is also home to Utah Valley University, Stevens-Henager College – Provo, and The Utah College of Dental Hygiene.

If you’re in the market for a small Utah city that offers an exciting college atmosphere, growing diversity, and a great atmosphere to raise kids, Orem should be at the top of your list.

Provo

Population: 117,300
Median Home Value: $325,500

Home to Brigham Young University, Provo is the third-largest city in Utah. As a vibrant college town, the city is also known for being pro-business. You can find many highly respected research and technology companies here. Nearly 60% of residents are homeowners, and the public schools serving the Provo area are highly rated.

Known as a kind, friendly, and safe city, Provo offers a lot of things to do: city-sponsored events (like parades, farmers markets, and swing dancing at Center Street), close to the mountains (for hiking, skiing, and so on), Provo River Trail (one of the city’s best kept secrets), great public transportation (recently unveiled the Utah Valley Express or UVX), awesome food trucks (Penguin Brothers, Greek-n-Go, Korean BBQ, and more), diverse restaurants, and a world-class rec center.

  • Top public schools: Cherry Hill Elementary School Gifted Program, Timpview High School, Orem High School, Mountain View High School, and Provost School. 
  • Top private schools: Ivy Hall Academy, Heritage Schools, Provo Canyon School – Provo Campus, and Clear Horizons Academy. 
  • Top colleges: Brigham Young University, Acadia School of Aesthetics, AmeriTech College – Provo, Aveda Institute – Provo, and Paul Mitchell the School – Provo.
  • Top neighborhoods: Windsor South, Pleasant View, Springville, Spanish Fork, and Payson.

Are you looking for a bustling college town in Utah with great schools and unique opportunities? Look no further than the city of Provo.

Salt Lake City

Population: 200,500
Median Home Value: $394,900

Last but certainly not least, we end our tour of Northern Utah with Salt Lake City. As the capital of Utah, the state’s largest metropolis is one of the top cities for young professionals. Famous for its Great Salt Lake, the city offers world-class outdoor adventures, job opportunities, and educational choices. 52% of residents rent, and public schools rank highly.

Situated along the Wasatch Mountains, Salt Lake City is home to top ski resorts and five national parks, making it a nature lover’s paradise. Thanks to a reasonable cost of living, good public transit, and plenty of jobs (along with world-class museums, professional sports, art galleries, historical buildings, religious sites, and much more), the city is ranked in the Top 25 places to live in America. SLC is also a highly openhearted city, known for being one of most welcoming places for LGBTQIA+ folks. It truly is a diverse, multicultural community that offers beautiful, four-season living.

  • Top public schools: Salt Lake Arts Academy, West High School, Ensign School, Hawthorne Elementary School, and Indian Hills School. 
  • Top private schools: Rowland Hall, Judge Memorial Catholic High School, J.E. Cosgriff Memorial Catholic School, Challenger School – Salt Lake, and Madeleine Choir School. 
  • Top colleges: the University of Utah, Westminster College – Utah, Fortis College – Salt Lake City, LDS Business College, and Salt Lake Community College.
  • Top neighborhoods: Greater Avenues, East Liberty Park, Wasatch Hollow, East Bench, and Yalecrest.

Once a Mormon stronghold, Salt Lake City has embraced wider diversity while maintaining its values of kindness and community. If you’re looking for a great city to get an education, discover an amazing job opportunity, or raise your family, SLC checks all the boxes and then some!

Southern Utah

Cedar City

Population: 31,800
Median Home Value: $240,300

As we make our way to Southern Utah, we continue our tour in Cedar City. As a college town (thanks to Southern Utah University) located in Iron County, it offers a surprisingly affordable cost of living compared to many of its northern counterparts. 54% of residents are homeowners, and the public schools are above average.

Offering a mix of a warmer climate, amazing recreation (close to Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park, and Kanarraville Falls), and a high quality of life, Cedar City is an attractive alternative to the higher costs and congestion of Northern Utah. The city is also very safe and family-friendly, and it hosts several events that include the Utah Summer Games, the Neil Simon Festival, Utah Shakespeare Festival, and many more. 

Have a family or planning on raising your kids here? Top public schools serving the Cedar City area include SUU Success Academy, Enoch School, Fiddlers Canyon School, Iron Springs School, and Three Peaks School. Cedar City is also home to Southern Utah University (SUU), Evans Hairstyling College – Cedar City, and Southwest Technical College.

If you’re searching for a Southern Utah city with a small-town vibe, beautiful nature, and affordable housing, Cedar City offers high livability and outstanding opportunities for families and singles alike.

Kanab

Population: 4,700
Median Home Value: $259,500

Ranked as one of the best places to retire in Utah, Kanab is a town of less than 5,000 situated in Kane County. Known as a prime tourist destination, it also offers the cost of living lower than the US average. 82% of residents are homeowners, and the public schools serving the area are highly rated.

As a central location to many national parks (including Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, Lake Powell, and the north rim of the Grand Canyon), Kanab offers stunning scenery, natural beauty, peace & quiet, and nice weather. One thing to keep in mind is that the area is extremely conservative with a high concentration of Mormons.

Top public schools serving Kanab include Kanab Elementary School, Kanab High School, Kanab Middle School, and Kane Preschool.

Looking for a beautiful small town with a strong LDS presence (that also serves as a prime recreational location surrounded by national parks)? Kanab should be on your radar.

St. George

Population: 84,400
Median Home Value: $242,400

Recently voted as the #1 city in Utah, St. George is one of America’s fast-growing urban areas. Many retirees, singles, and families are attracted to this eclectic city located in the northeast part of the Mojave Desert. With warmer weather than most of Utah, the city offers plenty of attractions, amenities, and opportunities. Two-thirds of residents own their homes, and the public schools are highly ranked.

Home to Dixie State University (and several over institutions), St. George offers a college-town atmosphere filled with red hills and palm trees. It sees nearly year-round sunshine, which allows for endless outdoor fun with open spaces, national parks, and 65 miles of urban trails. On the downside, it can get pretty hot during the summer.

  • Top public schools: George Washington Academy, DSU SUCCESS Academy, Crimson View School, Pine View Middle School, and Dixie High School
  • Top private schools: Williamsburg Academy, Dayspring Montessori Education Center, Cinnamon Hills Youth Crisis Center, Valor Hall, and Trinity School
  • Top colleges: Dixie State University, Dixie Applied Technology College, Evans Hairstyling College – St. George, Hairitage Hair Academy, and Skin Institute – Utah.

St. George is a rapidly growing, clean, and community-oriented city that offers a ton of things to do for all. If you’re looking for the best city in Southern Utah (and possibly the state), you’ve just found it!

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Months Before Moving Day

  • Plan early: Ideally, you should give yourself at least 2–3 months before your move date. Grab an organizing folder to store receipts and other important documents. Draft a to-do list (packing, donating, storage, etc.) and delegate tasks. Stick list on the fridge for high visibility.
  • Reserve a UT moving company: Compare 3–5 movers. Make sure candidates are fully certified. Hire one ASAP (preferably two months before moving) to secure the best rate and availability. With Great Guys, you’ll enjoy a quick and easy process. Get hold of us today!
  • Notify realtor or landlord: Own your home? Get a hold of a real estate professional to successfully rent or sell your old place. Rent your home? Notify your landlord early on. Waiting until the last minute can jeopardize your security deposit and lead to extra charges.
  • Consider living arrangements: Moving with your family? Make time to sit down and discuss the big changes coming up. Make sure that everyone is on the same page. Are you renting or single? Consider getting a roommate. If so, give yourself ample time to find one.
  • Prepare children: Moving is an anxious time for kids. Explain (through storytime or play) what’s happening. Be kind and patient. Also, try to maintain routines. Contact their current school and new school to ensure clear communication and a smooth transition.
  • Research new community: Even if you’ve already decided where to live, it pays to get to know the area. If possible, plan to visit your new city or town. Get a feel for everything it offers: schools, jobs, housing, activities, events, and so on. Make an adventure out of it!

1–2 Months Before Move

  • Declutter & downsize: Start by sorting through belongings, one room at a time. Label or separate into piles the items you want to pack or discard. Repeat process throughout the entire household.
  • Donate, sell, recycle: Now it’s time to get rid of disused items. Sell online, throw a sale, donate to charity, or recycle. This step will save a ton of space and limit clutter in your new home.
  • Start packing: Grab quality moving boxes, tape, and other packing supplies. Refrain from mixing items from different rooms — clearly label and securely tape every box. If you need a hand with a few fragile items or your entire household, we can hook you up with a pro packing service.
  • Make travel arrangements: Driving to or from Utah? Make hotel reservations and plan your driving route. Are you flying to your new home? Book flight tickets early for best rate and availability.
  • Transfer important records: Have prescriptions, medical records, and school transcripts sent to your new providers. Do this for yourself and any dependents that will be moving with you.
  • Change mailing address: To do so, either visit your local post office or go online to USPS.com. Don’t forget to update info for online services, home delivery, and subscription boxes.
  • Turn off and on services: Have utilities and services disconnected the day after your move. Schedule to activate new services by the time you arrive at your new home.

2–4 Weeks Out

  • Contact insurance company: Whether you have homeowner’s insurance or renter’s insurance, you’ll want to have adequate coverage to safeguard your valuable belongings during the move. 
  • Service vehicle: This is important, especially if you plan to drive yourself. Schedule inspection and maintenance (oil, tires, air conditioning, etc.) to ensure a drama-free trip.
  • Arrange pet transport: Got a family dog or other pet that requires careful handling? Schedule for transportation. You can also arrange a special delivery for your prized plants.
  • Hire cleaners: Want a great showing? Worried about your security or damage deposit? Hire pros to perform deep cleaning and take care of any repair work.
  • Schedule daycare & pet sitting: You’ll be distracted on moving day. Protect your children and pets by scheduling playdates, babysitting, and pet care.
  • Don’t forget miscellaneous things: It can be easy to overlook but remember to pick up dry cleaning and return library books, stuff like that, before you move hundreds of miles away. 
  • Celebrate: This is a new chapter of your life. Take the time to commemorate your time here with friends and family. Throw a party or meet up with loved ones individually.

Moving Week is Here

  • Pack first-night box: Okay, you should have most of your packing done by now. Take this opportunity to fill a box with essentials – clothing, meds, prescriptions, toiletries, toys, bedding, snacks, and the like – for the first 24 to 48 hours at your new place.
  • Contact moving company: Confirm arrangements, including arrival time and other important details — exchange phone numbers for easy communication during transit.
  • Go over travel arrangements: Flying? Double-check flight times and luggage restrictions. Driving? Make sure the vehicle is in tiptop shape. Double-check hotel reservations and driving route. 
  • Rest up: It may be tempting to go out or stay up late, but you’ll regret it. Stay home, relax, eat a healthy dinner, and get plenty of sleep. You need to be sharp tomorrow.

Moving Day

  • Meet with movers: Finally, moving day! If possible, be there when your moving crew arrives. This check-in will make it super easy to answer questions and provide any last-minute instructions.
  • Provide snacks: This isn’t required, but it is a nice gesture that will be greatly appreciated. Offer a light snack and bottled water to start on the right foot and boost morale.
  • Keep valuables with you: These include passports, valuable jewelry, vital documents, medications, and prescriptions. Keep these items close before and during your move.
  • Perform walkthrough: Okay, now that the movers have emptied your old place, take one last tour. Keep an eye out for any messes and items that you may have overlooked.
  • Get cash and something to eat: Make sure to get some cash from the ATM to cover any unforeseen expenses. Enjoy one last meal in your old stomping grounds, and say farewell!

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Quality Moving Services from Utah Movers

Whether moving across town or the country, we can make your move to Utah a more pleasant and memorable experience. Enjoy drama-free moving services at unbeatable rates.

Long Distance Moves

Overwhelming. Frustrating. Stressful. These are words that tend to be associated with moving. With our long-distance moving companies, you’ll replace those words with effortless, refreshing, and stress-free. Great Guys connects you with top Utah movers so that you can enjoy a smooth transition.

Intrastate & Local Moves

Moving to SLC? Maybe Southwestern Utah? In any case, our local movers come highly trained and experienced to make your next relocation a cinch. Our professionals are ready to help your family or business with any kind of local move, big or small, while keeping you on budget.

International Moves

Relocating overseas is challenging. There are so many details and logistics that have to be perfectly planned and executed. With the right assistance, you can enjoy a hassle-free international relocation. Whether for the military or new job, let us connect you with topnotch service.

Small Load Moves 

Just because you aren’t moving a huge household doesn’t mean you don’t deserve help. And it also doesn’t mean you have to pay an arm and a leg to relocate. From one-bedroom apartments to studios and dorms, we can hook you up with small load movers at a price that will put a smile on your face.

Furniture Shipments

Okay, so you may have almost everything covered, but what about all that bulky or fragile furniture? Don’t take the risk of damage or injury. Our Utah furniture shippers are here to help. Leave the heavy lifting to the pros, while you enjoy the savings and extra time.

Piano Transport

Need to relocate a piano or organ? Don’t count on a subpar crew to transport your prized instrument. We work with only the best piano moving specialists in the state. They pay special attention to every last detail, ensuring safe and secure delivery.

Art Shipping & Transport

When it comes to priceless collectibles and fine art, you need experts. From private collections to large art installations, our highly trained and specialized art shippers have what it takes to package and carefully transport your most cherished pieces expertly.

Storage

Sometimes you don’t have enough space. Other times, you may need to renovate or travel. Whatever the reason, we can find you secure and budget-friendly storage. Whether you’re looking for a short-term or long-term option, contact us today for the right fit.

Last Minute & Short Notice Moves

Facing an unexpected move? The surprise and shock can be overwhelming. Who can you trust for a short notice relocation? Whether dealing with a new job or eviction, you don’t have to face it alone. We make it fast, cheap, and easy to source last minute movers.

Residential Moves

Moving into a new home? Congratulations! Now the fun part. Save yourself the cost and memory of a bad moving experience. Our network of Idaho residential moving companies come prepared with the right equipment, knowledge, and experience to ensure a great household move.

Packing Services

Staring at a mountain of belongings? Don’t have the energy, time, or ability to wrap and box everything properly? No problem! From partial packing to a full-service experience from start to finish, our packing professionals can securely wrap, pad, box, and even crate your possessions.

Commercial and Office Moves

Relocation or expansion is exciting, but it’s also a lot of hard work. Ensure that your office or business hits the ground running without any major hiccups. Our network of highly skilled commercial movers can plan, organize, and perform a drama-free relocation, whether it’s to another building or state.

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