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10 Things You Need to Know Before Moving to Puyallup, WA

If you're considering moving to a new place, you might want the insider scoop on all the facilities and amenities it has to offer. I have spent my entire life in this area and have put together the TOP 10 things I think you would want to know before moving here. 

  1. The housing market here is very hot with only a month and a half supply compared to a balanced market that has 6 months. The average current days on market is only 24. For more market updates visit: https://www.newhomesdirectory.com/Washington/Puyallup/Real-Estate-Market. The average home price is $381,510; around $2,482 a month for your mortgage based on a conventional loan with 3% down payment. Average rent is $1,424. The rental market is just as hot with very high demand and little inventory, before moving research the area and apply with a large local property management company that will have multiple rentals available in your area. There are $0 down options like WSHFC (Washington State Housing Finance Commission), VA loan program and USDA or Rural Development loans that are available in this area.
  2. The average household income is $65,719, while the average individual income is $33,233; both higher than the national average. There are 19,502 employees and an unemployment rate of 4.7%, compared to the 3.9% national average.
  3. Local hospitals: 
  • Multicare Good Sam, 2.6 stars on Google
  • Kaiser Permanente, 3.9 stars on Google
  • Tacoma General, 2.9 stars on Google
  • St Joseph Medical Center Tacoma, 2.9 stars on Google

             Local Primary and Urgent Care:

  • Sound Family Medical, 4.0 stars on Google
  • Kaiser Permanente, 3.9 stars on Google
  • Franciscan Prompt Care- Canyon Road, 3.2 stars on Google
  • Multicare Indigo, 4.8 stars on Google
  • City MD, 3.9 stars on Google

This is not an extensive list, but just to name a few. There are a lot of hospital, urgent care, pediatric and primary care provider options. We also have lots of options when it comes to massage therapists, chiropractors, dentists and other specialists. There are also A LOT of gym options! 

4. For the fur baby lovers

                    Local Vets:

  • River Road Veterinary Hospital, 4.7 stars on Google
  • Puyallup Valley Veterinary Clinic, 4.8 stars on Google
  • Firgrove Veterinary Hospital, 4.4 stars on Google

I have used all these vets over the years and had a good experience with each of them for our fur babies.

                   Local off leash dog parks and groomers:

  • Clark’s Creek Dog Park
  • Wapato Park
  • Wildwood Park
  • Rainier Woods Dog Park
  • PLU (Pacific Lutheran University) Meadows Disc Golf Course
  • Daisy’s Pet Grooming, 4.8 stars on Google
  • Grooming Angel Pet Salon, 4.7 stars on Google
  • Spotted Dog Pet Grooming, 4.8 stars on Google

We take our fur baby Bonney, to Spotted Dog. They are wonderful! There are so many fun parks, walking trails and places to take your dog here in Puyallup and the surrounding areas. In the summer there are lots of concerts in the park, movies in the park, farmer's markets and food festivals; many of which are dog friendly. 

5. Local Churches:

  • Bethany Baptist Church
  • Lighthouse Christian Center
  • Puyallup Assembly Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses
  • All Saints Catholic Church
  • The Church of Latter Day Saints

We have a lot of churches in this area with a wide variety of denominations. There is a diverse culture in Puyallup.

6. Moving and Storage Facilities:

  • Coleman Allied, 3.0 stars on Google 
  • College Hunks, 4.8 stars on Google
  • Affordable Self Storage, 3.3 stars on Google 
  • APEX Moving & Storage, 4.6 stars on Google
  • Three Generations Moving & Hauling, 4.4 stars on Google

Just to name a few. I have personally used Affordable Self Storage behind Costco and I liked them, they will let you use a moving truck for free as an added bonus when you rent with them (or at least when I did, they were offering that special, I think a lot of storage places offer that).

7. The transit system is not great, but they’re working to improve it. Vehicle tabs here are a bit more expensive due to regional transit authority (RTA) tax. There is a commuter train, called the Sounder that leaves from Puyallup as well as a large bus station. The Sounder has various stops along the way and heads to Seattle. Sound transit is working to add more trains and more frequent outbound and inbound trains due to overcrowding. Tacoma has motorized scooters. There is a carpool lane on 167 and I5 and there are various park and rides/carpool options. If you’re not carpooling there is also the option of paying more for a “good to go” pass in order to still use the fast lanes and carpool lanes. A large percentage of Puyallup and Pierce County as a whole leave everyday to commute to the greater Seattle area. See: https://www.soundtransit.org/  and https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ for more info.

8. Puyallup School district is known to have good teachers, programs and class sizes. For sports, Puyallup High School is in the SPSL (South Puget Sound League) 4A division, the largest in the area. Many of the schools here are being rebuilt or expanded or building brand new additional schools. For more info visit: https://www.puyallup.k12.wa.us/ and greatschools.org

9. Want more insider tips and info? Join the Facebook Groups: Being Neighborly Puyallup, You Know You're From Puyallup When, Puyallup History Page, Puyallup High School, or Being Neighborly South Hill.

10. I was born and raised here and can tell you just about anything, so if you have any questions when preparing for your move, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. For more info about the Puyallup Real Estate Market, stats and community links visit: http://www.fyliciarealtor.com/Puyallup

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