Many homeowners love their lives in Southern Utah. The red rocks, nearby state and national parks, and year-round sunny weather appeals to young families, individuals, and retirees alike. Once they’ve settled in Southern Utah, many residents don’t want to leave.
However, this love of the area doesn’t mean that Southern Utah homeowners don’t want an occasional change of pace. Whether they’re upsizing or downsizing their homes, moving to student housing at Dixie State University, or accepting new jobs in nearby cities, thousands of Southern Utahns take part in local moves every year.
If you’re about to experience a local move yourself, you might hope that it will be relatively stress-free. After all, you’re not moving across the country or to a new state. You’re familiar with local roads, highways, and amenities, and you don’t anticipate paying hundreds of dollars for a cross-country moving van or plane ticket.
However, local moves can turn into big hassles if you’re not prepared. Once you’ve picked out your beautiful new Washington County home, use the following checklist to streamline your local move and settle in as smoothly as possible.
1. Consider Renting a Moving Van
Since you’re moving locally, you might think that you can save money by moving boxes during several trips from your old home to your new one. In some cases, this method really can save you money, especially if you’re an individual moving into an apartment. If you only have a few boxes to move, using your own car is simple and affordable.
However, if you require more than three or four car trips to transfer your belongings to your new home, consider using a moving van instead. Moving van rates vary depending on their size, and you have to pay an extra fee per mile traveled. But if you’re only moving a few miles, traveling to your new home once by moving van might cost less than traveling that same distance twenty times by car.
Check local moving van rates, then calculate how much gas you’ll spend on multiple car trips if you move with your own car. Choose whichever option saves you the most time, money, and stress.
2. Don’t Forget About the Weather
Since you’re a Southern Utah local, you’re familiar with scorching hot summers and unexpected winter snowstorms. However, when you’re moving, it’s easy to forget about basics like drinking enough water and wearing sunscreen. Don’t let your familiarity with the climate prevent you from taking necessary precautions.
If friends, neighbors, and family members assist you with a summertime move, make sure you have bottled water for them to drink and sunscreen for them to apply. The night before the move, text your helpers to remind them to bring a hat and sunglasses. If you can, plan to pack the car or van in the morning and late afternoon, not in the middle of a hot July day.
During a wintertime move, prepare for any unexpected weather. Leave out a pair of earmuffs, a coat, a scarf, sturdy boots, and warm gloves instead of packing them away. If you’re moving boxes into the car or moving van, you’ll spend a large portion of the day outside, so you need to protect yourself from chilly fingers and toes. Remind your helpers to wear similar clothes. Take particular care moving boxes across ice.
3. Learn More About Local Amenities
If you’re only moving a few miles, you might think you know all you need to about your new area. You might also think you don’t need to count on new service providers. For instance, you plan on visiting the same doctor or dentist as you did in your old city, or you plan to call your old plumber to install a new dishwasher in your new house.
However, in the week after your move, you could learn that a 15-mile drive during rush hour to see your old dentist isn’t worth it. Your favorite local plumbing company might charge extra to make a service call to a different city. Or you might find that you aren’t sure where the nearest gas station and grocery store are, but you need to find both in a hurry on your first week in your new home.
Even when you’re only moving a few miles away, take the time to thoroughly research your new area. Where are the closest grocery stores? Which restaurants do your local friends and neighbors rave about? Where’s the closest dog park, and what kinds of hiking and bike trails are in your new city? Where is the closest Insta-Care in case of an emergency?
The more you know about your new area, the quicker you can settle in. You might even find a doctor or dentist you like better, or gas prices could be a few cents cheaper in your new area. As you learn what you love about your new city or neighborhood, you’ll find that your excitement about the area can help mitigate the stress of a move.
Enjoy Your New Home
When you follow these helpful tips, you’ll make your local move as stress-free and simple as possible. Get settled down in your new home, and check out our blog to learn more about homeownership and recreation in the St. George area.