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For the first time in more than 60 years, Detroit's population and density are increasing. In 2018, singles and young families are moving to Detroit and home values are on the rise in many neighborhoods.
Millennials are moving into the lofts and condos in the Lafayette Park and Midtown areas. Neighborhoods with detached single family homes, such as East English Village, Brush Park, Boston Edison and Sherwood Forest, are seeing an influx of first-time home buyers and young families.
If you're thinking of relocating to Detroit, the best time to do so is in the fall. Spring and summer are peak moving seasons and that's reflected in the rates of Detroit moving companies. While some companies offer discounts during the winter months, Michigan's unpredictable weather might cost more in headaches than it saves in dollars to relocate during the winter.
Weekends are busier moving days than weekdays. If your schedule is flexible, inquire about reduced rates for mid-week services, especially in the middle of the month.
Rates depend on multiple factors, such as pick-up and drop-off locations and the size of the load. If you're moving locally and pack yourself, you could spend only a few hundred dollars. Most Detroit movers charge between $25 and $100 per worker per hour, but that doesn't include additional fees.
Ask your company how much extra it costs for:
Travel to pick-up location
Moving bulky items
When hiring a Detroit moving company, inquire about all potential fees before signing a contract to avoid any surprises when the bill comes.
If moving between states, make sure the company you hire is licensed for interstate moving. Some Detroit movers only do in-state moves. The Michigan Movers Association is a great resource for general moving tips and filing a complaint if something goes awry.
Finally, if you're moving to Michigan, check out Michigan SOS for information about changing your driver's license, vehicle and voter registration. The state tourism organization Pure Michigan has a roundup of inspiring places around The Great Lakes State to get you excited about moving here.
When moving long distance and in need of temporary storage, Colonial Van Lines has you covered. Customers love their professionalism, customer service and that they are up-front about every step of the moving process so you know what to expect, when to expect it and at what cost.
Mile High Van Lines
Founded in Denver in 2008, Mile High Van Lines has expanded its service area for state-to-state moves. Interstate moving services can include packing and extra furniture protection. A consultant assigned to you will make your move less stressful. Customer reviews say Mile High movers are timely and hard working while customer service is attentive and professional.
For state-to-state moves, American Van Lines is a national company offering residential, corporate and military relocation. Last-minute moves are considered for no additional fee. Fragile items, such as pianos, fine arts and antiques are moved by trained and certified professionals. American Van Lines prides themselves on a fleet of modern trucks with air-ride suspension so your belongings arrive no worse for wear.
Frisbie Moving & Storage
This local Ann Arbor and Detroit based company has staff trained to ensure your belongings arrive on time and in good condition. Customers love Frisbie Moving & Storage for their low prices, friendly attitude and high standards. Many reviewers comment on how well-wrapped and secured their belongings were upon arrival.
Men on the Move
Also known as Michigan Movers, this company offers some of the best deals with senior discounts, free wardrobe usage, no minimums and a slew of other incentives and specials. Although their rates are low, their quality of service is high. Reviews detail many repeat customers with pledges to patronize Men on the Move for future moves.
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