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Old 05-14-2013, 02:53 PM
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Hi everyone. My husband and I are going to be moving from Portland to Utah.

I keep hearing about this inversion weather thing. What is all that about? My husband has asthma and we have a 4 year old.

Any information on weather,schools, neighborhoods,transportation, anything will help.

Looking for a home or an apartment to rent. No basement apartments pls.
Which apartments would you recommend.. Price between 700 to 950 a month.

Sorry I am trying to think of as many questions as I can ask. We will be there sometime between June and August this year.

Thank You everyone for your input.
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Old 05-14-2013, 05:07 PM
Location: Utah
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It's a lot drier here. Be prepared with lip balm, skin lotion, eye drops, and conditioner for your hair.

Most RWD vehicles don't do well in snow unless they are equipped with snow tires. Ice storms are rare here. We had one last year and the one prior to that was about 5+ years ago. I haven't been to Portland in over 15 years but I remember people drove the speed limits on the interstate. We don't do that here. We're all speeders--well, the people I associate with that is. For all the cities you listed in your post, your commute won't be long if no accidents.

I think it's wise of you to rent and find your ideal location before buying.

Use the search feature in this forum to seek out info on inversions.

Good luck with your move.
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:27 PM
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Some wish to sugarcoat it...I won't. The inversion thing is horrid and getting worse each year. Very tough on those challenged with lung conditions, asthma and other triggers like allergies. Salt Lake and the Wasatch Front have some of the worst air to be found in the entire country bar very few. I think you should be able to find a apartment for the price range you're looking. My recommendations are to stay on the East side of town and NOT South Salt Lake. Sugarhouse, E. Millcreek, Holladay all nice, but a bit more expensive. But you never can tell.
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Old 05-15-2013, 10:42 AM
Location: east millcreek
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Where will you be working? How much of a commute can you tolerate?
Rental market is very tight so I would start hunting soon.
KSL, CraigsList, Property Pond are a few places to get started and it is very possible that you are going to have to up your budget to 1K, maybe more to get a 2 bedroom over on the East side..
Yes, the Winter Inversion was awful last January. There are plenty of threads about that topic so do some reading. My husband has asthma and it was no worse last year than the 3 other winters we have been in SLC. He has actually improved since he left Los Angeles...
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Old 05-16-2013, 02:44 PM
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Thank you all for your replies.
My biggest worry is the inversion thing at this point.

Commute is not a problem, I think 30 to 45 min is not a bad drive.
I am originally from Bakersfield and when we moved to Portland last year the speed limit thing was crazy. SLOW! Now we are used to slow because when we visited Bakersfield 65 mph was really fast.. lol. any who.

My husband is a mailman and we should be soon.

Any other advise will be welcomed
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Old 05-19-2013, 11:29 AM
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The inversion we had this winter was the hardest on me. I don't have asthma but I do have a history of some lung sickness. I spent several months being sick and stuck to an inhaler. The air would clear up and I'd feel a little bit better until the next round came through. I was absolutely miserable.

I was just in Portland last weekend and I must say that it is an amazing city. If it weren't so far from home (Minnesota) I'd strongly consider moving there. I loved it so much! The driving was a breeze, everyone was so friendly, and everything was green!
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