Tips for Moving to Grand Rapids and West Michigan

Moving with your family is a challenging experience made easier with the right help.

Are you getting ready to move your family to a new home in greater Grand Rapids? Whether you’re just moving in Grand Rapids to one town over or coming in from out of state, setting up in a new neighborhood is a lot of work! If you’re trying to find a good fit neighborhood for you, use our handy scouting trip!

As parents who have all moved at some point in time in Grand Rapids, our team has gathered helpful information and resources for you on this page. We are here to help make your move as seamless and smooth as possible, so take a look and share this page with friends who are on the move as well.

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Realtors You Need to Meet

Preparing to move your family usually starts with finding a great Realtor and beginning the process of listing your home and looking for a new house. We have partnered with several incredible Grand Rapids area Realtors that would love to work with YOU! 

Jessica Tucker
Jessica TuckerThe Tucker Team - Keller Williams Grand Rapids
Jessica Tucker and her expert real estate team’s mission is creating Wow Real Estate experiences while building genuine relationships with their clients. Each team member is highly trained and specialized in every facet of a real estate transaction.

We believe wearing only “one hat” in our industry makes our team more knowledgeable and communicative, thus providing exceptional service. Every salesperson is either licensed as a broker or actively working toward that designation with continual advanced education.

When you choose The Tucker Team, you can expect a trustworthy and proactive agent who values delivering results to every buyer, seller or investor they have the pleasure of serving! We are passionate and enthusiastic about being your best resource for finding a home in greater Grand Rapids!

Jessica Tucker and her team are the BEST realtors in the greater Grand Rapids area, Jessica gave us splendid advice for preparing and pricing the house.
She provided us with one free visit from an organizer to help us handle our 15 year collection of “stuff” and one free visit from a stager who explained how to prepare the house for sale.
Having sold many houses before, I thought the stager would be completely unnecessary. I was WRONG! This woman was genius.
Jessica sent out a fabulous photographer to take awesome photos. The house sold in six days with competing bids. It IS a great house but Jessica made it all possible.
The Medendorp Family - Lowell, MI
Amy Vissman
Amy VissmanGrand Rapids Home Realty - Keller Williams East
Amy has been helping people and families find their way home for 14 successful years.

She serves on the Agent Lead Council for the #1 real estate brokerage in West Michigan, Keller Williams East. This council is comprised of the top sales associates and leaders within the company.

Taking great pride in Keller Williams and their motto to “give where you live,” Amy and her fellow agents continuously give back to the community by volunteering or donating a portion of their commissions to local organizations.

Originally from the eastern Michigan, then living in Chicago, Amy has found her heart and home in West Michigan.

Amy shares her passion for Grand Rapids with every client as she helps them discover all that Grand Rapids has to offer; neighborhoods, communities, school systems, dining, shopping and just the right HOME.

If you are looking for a friendly and informative Realtor who will listen to your wants and needs, it just takes one call. Call Amy!

Amy is responsive, proactive, and very professional. We worked with Amy and her team to sell our home and to purchase our current home and the entire process was seamless. We could not have been happier with our experience and recommend Amy often.
Tim and Sara Monsma
Ingrid Anastasiu
Ingrid AnastasiuANASTASIU Homes - Keller Williams Realty
Ingrid Anastasiu with ANASTASIU Homes is passionate about helping you achieve your home ownership goals. She is proud to call Grand Rapids her home and is amazed at the endless opportunities offered by this town.

Personable, dedicated, energetic, and professional, Ingrid’s creativity in a competitive environment will get you the home you want.

As a German native and business professional Ingrid has moved many times and realizes the crucial difference an agent makes for a client’s experience.

She serves on the Grand Rapids Association of Realtors International Committee, holds an International Real Estate Specialist Degree and acts as President and VP on several HOA Boards.

As a highly regarded Realtor amongst peers and clients alike, Ingrid’s goal is to become your REALTOR FOR LIFE.

In her spare time she volunteers for Forest Hills Education, East Grand Rapids Community Programs and non-profit organizations.

Every home, every time, working with Ingrid’s team means professionalism from start to close.

We have dealt with at least 5 or 6 realtors through the years for a variety of moves we have made and Ingrid was (hands down) the best one we’ve ever had.

She was always available to us – whether to answer our emails/phone calls/texts, schedule showings that fit our hectic schedules, etc. I felt  like we truly received the best service from her. She was attentive, really listened to what we wanted/were looking for and gave us great advice.

I would recommend Ingrid to anyone and everyone. IF we ever move again, she will be the first one I call. A great realtor and I gained a friend in the process!

Metka Hingson
Andrew Norden
Andrew NordenColdwell Banker AJS Schmidt
Andrew is a natural connector—he thoroughly enjoys building relationships everywhere he goes. That has included living near university campuses and military installations in multiple states, from Atlantic to Pacific.

When Andrew and his wife, Shanna, thought about where they wanted their three kids to grow up, they decided to move home to Grand Rapids. What a great choice!

Ever since, Andrew has enjoyed connecting his clients with their next home—whether a first house or dream house, lakefront cottage or investment property.

When Andrew isn’t busy putting his experience and local expertise to work for his clients, he enjoys giving back to the community. He is a leader within the Grand Rapids Association of Realtors, and serves on the Board at Wedgwood Christian Services as well as the East Grand Rapids Community Foundation.

With his knowledge, network, and easy going personality it’s no wonder Andrew is a local favorite!

We feel very blessed to have found Andrew Norden as our Realtor when we moved to Grand Rapids 2 years ago. We were referred to Andrew through a friend. Andrew made house buying a very easy and enjoyable process. What really impressed us about Andrew was that he made us feel like we were his only client. When we reached out to him with questions and concerns, he always responded back promptly. He has excellent communication skills, is a great active listener, and is a hard-working realtor that truly loves his job. He was able to find the perfect house for our family of 5. We could not be happier with our choice in a Realtor!

Brad and Kelly Zielaskowski - Grand Rapids

Moving to Grand Rapids – Which Neighborhood Will You Love Most?

Click the Links Below to Learn More About Communities in and Around Grand Rapids

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Must-Read Resources for Parents

So you’ve bought a house. Now what do you do? Where are the restaurants? Where are the best pediatricians? Where can I take my kids to play? If you haven’t bookmarked this page, do it now. Here is where you’ll find all the resources you’ll need to enjoy our fantastic community once you’ve waved goodbye to the moving truck.


  • Whether you want to find the best kid-friendly restaurants or best children’s boutiques or places to place, we’ve put together the BEST of Grand Rapids for families in our annual Grandtastic Awards Guide.
  • Save money and have loads of family fun. Check our Deals page often!
  • Do you want to find a parent-recommended healthcare provider? Use our reader-voted Top Care Providers Guide.
  • No need to google where kids eat free in GR. We’ve compiled a list for you to see where kids Eat FREE or Cheap in Grand Rapids.



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 What’s it Like to Live in Grand Rapids?

If you are reading this post and preparing to move to West Michigan from outside the “Mitten” you probably want to know more about what it’s really like to live here. Be sure to read our informative Family Relocation Guide for information on what life in West Michigan is like, both the quirks and crown jewels included!

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Welcome to Grand Rapids – we can’t wait to get to know you better. If you haven’t yet, “like” our Facebook page and send us a message so we can “meet” you!

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By |2018-09-10T17:40:39+00:00February 1st, 2018|Categories: Communities, Guides, Moving|Tags: |1 Comment

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  1. Nancy Licatovich February 11, 2017 at 9:11 pm - Reply

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