Tips for Moving to Grand Rapids and West Michigan

Moving with your family can be made easier with the right help.

Are you getting ready to move your family to Grand Rapids? Whether you’re moving to the next town over in West Michigan 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.

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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 as possible, so take a look and share this page with friends who are on the move as well.

REALTORS You Need to Meet

Preparing to move your family usually starts with finding a great real estate agent 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! 

Amanda DeLong
Amanda DeLongEvermark Realty
Amanda is the Broker/Owner of Evermark Realty. She is a Grand Rapids native, an avid traveler, and a lover of all things chocolate.

Amanda was recognized as a ’30 Under 30′ award winner by the National Association of REALTORS® in 2018. This group of Realtors illustrates the most stellar traits in customer service, community involvement, and business acumen.

At Evermark Realty, we strive to make lasting impression in the life of every client we serve. We are passionate about forming relationships with our clients, serving them with the highest level of integrity and professionalism, and providing them with a first class real estate experience from our initial meeting to the closing table (and beyond!).

We serve all of West Michigan, and work with buyers, sellers, and investors alike.

Let Amanda show you all that Grand Rapids has to offer and get you connected with your next home!

“Amanda was an absolute joy to work with. She was professional, organized, hardworking and patient. From our very first meeting, Amanda was helpful and supportive in our buying process. She always came to showings prepared and provided great insight. I would recommend Amanda to anyone looking to buy or sell. She made the process seamless and fun in a crazy market!”

Adam & Erin Swartz
Brooke A. Sines
Brooke A. SinesGrand Allure Home Group - RE/MAX of Grand Rapids
A proud West Michigander born and raised- Brooke has a great overall knowledge of Grand Rapids and the surrounding areas.

Specializing in communication & negotiation between the buyers/sellers we work with, Grand Allure Home Group focuses on education, reviewing trends, & more for you! Brooke has been told over and over by her clients that it’s her dedication to personalized service that sets her apart from the rest.

She is an expert in her field and a great communicator that treats every client as her #1 priority! Her clients say that they can tell she loves her job, and it shows in everything she does.

Brooke is a self-proclaimed “OCD” fanatic about organization and communication with her clients every step of the way! Personally, Brooke is passionate about creating and maintaining solid relationships.

“Brooke is a great communicator, was always keeping us up to date without us even inquiring, and she always responded quickly when we contacted her.

Brooke was always one step ahead of us, when we would ask questions, she was already working on it, or had the information. She takes the time to make sure everything is right on track and addresses any concerns immediately. We always knew where we were at in the process, and she kept us informed of what the next steps were. Brooke was always patient and willing to help and get the answers we needed, and she will put in time and effort to get even the most difficult questions answered.

She has a great team, and huge network of connections and resources for anything that a buyer or seller would come across. If you are looking to buy or sell your home, Brooke Sines is definitely the best hardworking, trustworthy realtor for you!”

Amy C.
Janet Romanowski
Janet RomanowskiRomanowski Homes- Greenridge Realty
Janet Romanowski and her expert real estate team believe that success in real estate comes in many forms. As a top performer within the brokerage, as well as being credited with negotiating the largest residential sale in the history of West Michigan, we find the most satisfaction not in our proven sales record, but in the relationships we continue to develop with our clients.

We know that our clients satisfaction and happiness is directly related to our transparency in all aspects of the real estate process. Whether buying or selling a home for the first time, or their forever home, we will work tirelessly to help all of our clients achieve their dreams. We feel that working hard at something you love to do, with people you trust, is one of the greatest experiences in life. We are proud to offer the best real estate services available here in West Michigan.

“Janet was AMAZING. Easy to work with, honest, knowledgeable, good sense of humor, flexible…. and the list could keep going. She not only helped me sell my house, she helped me buy a new one.

Patient when it came to my many many questions and asked me questions that made me think outside of the box.. which in the end… saved me from buying the wrong house. She didn’t let me make a bad decision when it came to counter offering and gave suggestions to help with the sale of my house… (which only took 4 days).

I am currently 8 months pregnant (started the selling process at 5 months)… I was hesitant to sell and was NOT looking forward to buying. She made the entire process easy, smooth, NO stress and completely manageable. She will stay my top Realtor and I will be recommending her to anyone and everyone looking to sell or buy a home.”

Shannon Moylan

Which Neighborhood Will You Love Most?

There’s a lot to Learn About Communities in and Around Grand Rapids

Do you enjoy city-living and walkable neighborhoods? Check out our GR – City and Neighborhoods page.

Lakeshore lovers can visit our Lakeshore Area (Grand Haven, Holland, Muskegon, Zeeland) page.

Whether it’s the charm of downtown Ada or the beauty of Reed’s Lake in EGR, there is much to love about the areas East of GR. Learn more here – East (East GR, Forest Hills, Ada, Cascade).

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Are you looking for a quieter, suburban area to settle in with your family? West Michigan offers 18 suburban communities for you to consider. Make your house hunting easier and learn more about the following bedroom communities that surround GR:  NortheastNorthwest, SoutheastWest.

Are you drawn to small town life that’s still only a short drive away from the amenities of Grand Rapids? These towns southwest of GR may be right for you – Southwest (Wyoming, Byron Center, Wayland, Dorr).

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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.

General Information for Grand Rapids area Families

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.

One of the first things to do – even before you move here – is sign up for our Nightly News. It’s a smart look at the next few days to help you plan. Short, sweet, and informative.

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.

Age-Specific Information

Are you new to this parenting gig? Get prepared with our New Parent’s Guide to Grand Rapids.

Do you have a preschooler or kindergartner? Find out what preschoolers and K-5 kids love to do in Grand Rapids.

Are you expecting? Or do you have a baby in their first year? Find lots of resources in our GIGANTIC Grand Rapids Babies Guide.

Find School Information and Childcare Resources

Looking for the right school for your kids? Maybe you want to find an experience-based program or language-immersion option. Check out our comprehensive Schools Guide listing nearly every school in Kent and Ottawa Counties.

Parents of preschoolers will love Our Grand Rapids Preschools Guide.

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Don’t let finding child care stress you out. Our Child Care and Daycare guides will help you find the right fit for your family.

Have you heard about”Schools of Choice?” Learn more in our Parent’s Guide to Schools of Choice in Greater Grand Rapids

Fun Places for Kids and Families to Play and Learn in Greater Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids has a LOT of places for kids to play indoors. See who’s featured in our Indoor Play Guide.

You’ll also love learning about the most Popular Parks around Grand Rapids and all the cool kid-friendly hiking trails.

Do your kids want to learn how to play an instrument or take dance classes? Find out where to find Music, Dance, Art, and Theatre Classes for Kids here.

 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. Welcome!

Realtor Partners

Amanda DeLong

Evermark Realty

Amanda’s Website

At Evermark Realty, we strive to make lasting impression in the life of every client we serve. We are passionate about forming relationships with our clients, serving them with the highest level of integrity and professionalism, and providing them with a first class real estate experience from our initial meeting to the closing table (and beyond!).

Brooke A. Sines

Grand Allure Home Group – RE/MAX of Grand Rapids

Brooke’s Website

Specializing in communication & negotiation between the buyers/sellers we work with, Grand Allure Home Group focuses on education, reviewing trends, & more for you! Passionate about creating and maintaining solid relationships, Brooke has been told over and over by her clients that it’s her dedication to personalized service that sets her apart from the rest.

Janet Romanowski

Romanowski Homes- Greenridge Realty

Janet’s Website

Janet Romanowski and her expert real estate team believe that success in real estate comes in many forms. As a top performer within the brokerage, as well as being credited with negotiating the largest residential sale in the history of West Michigan, we find the most satisfaction not in our proven sales record, but in the relationships we continue to develop with our clients.

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