What to research before moving to a New Town

Where are you moving to?

Research Before Moving

Take the question out of the move! We’ve made a list of things to research so you can get to know your new town better

When planning a move the most exciting part can be getting a lay of the new land. Where to eat, good spots to hang out at, where you can buy a decent cup of coffee. It really makes the move real for you and helps you make plans for your new life.

If you haven’t started the new search on your new town, let us help you with what you should be looking for and in a logical order (yea there should be an order).

1) Get your ducks in a row

Before figuring out all the “Fun Stuff” you need to figure out the basics.

-Where are the important things to Research Before Moving?

Work, schools, grocery stores, public transportations, hospitals and doctor’s offices, these things are the first things you need to figure out. Knowing the locations of these will determine how you exist in your town (e.g. will you be walking or driving to work? What is the bus schedule ect.). The quicker you know the better.

Best resources for this:

Google Maps

City’s official websites

-What is the “vibe” of your town or city?

Are you moving to a quiet small town, an artsy town, or a large city? The difference matters, especially if you want to settle in and find your nitch. Ann Arbor is very different experience from other places in Michigan like Holland and Southgate. Figure out what your neighbors are gonna be like.

Best resources for this:

City’s Official Websites

City’s Official Facebook/twitter accounts

Online Forums (Reddit, Yelp, TripAdvisor, when in doubt google it)


-What is weather/climate like there?

When you move somewhere, knowing the climate and weather patterns can make a big difference. For example, if you move to West coast of Michigan you will HAVE to learn about the lake effect. People who live on the coast will tell you “Don’t trust the weatherman, he’s always wrong”, and that will make all the difference. With a little bit of research, you can be more prepared for any inclement weather that may happen, and how to prepare for it.

Best resources for this:

Wikipedia (seriously)

weather channel

2) The Fun Stuff

This is the best part, now you get to find out more about your town and where you can go to have a fun time


One of the best parts of moving, trying the local’s best. Food makes for a fun time and the local drink spots are where you can make new friends or find your newest drinking spot. Local breweries, distilleries, coffee shops, and food are what can define a town. So go out and enjoy them!

Best resources for this:

Google searches

Local newspaper’s “Best of” lists

Online Forums



Next, ways to keep yourself entertained! Movie theaters, dance clubs, hiking spots, music spots, and other things you love. Make sure you cross-reference reviews on these spots, though, get the best experience with a little research we always say!

Best resources for this:

Google searches (shocker)

Facebook searches

Online Forums (These things are lifesavers for local information, seriously)

Specific Interest focused website (Hiking websites, Disc golfing websites)

-Meeting People

This one. So one of the hardest parts of moving can be meeting new people. There are resources out there to help, volunteering, classes, and activities that you enjoy (ex. yoga classes, local clubs, etc.)

Best resources for this:

Meetup.com (connects people who have similar interests in activities they enjoy)


We hope this list has helped you get excited about your move. Remember, if you need help with your move across the Mitten State, we here at Men on the Move can help! We’ll give you high-quality service at a price you can afford.

Get your free quote for your next move here!


Setting Down Roots For Your Move

Roots For Your Move

When moving there are usually important reasons why, for your job, family or to save money. There are always some important steps to keep in mind when you are planning the perfect move. Steps such as setting down roots for your move.  What we mean by this is getting familiar with the area you are moving to. You might have visited your new job location, but what about the surrounding areas? Do you know where the schools are? How about the local hospitals or banks?

Make the Move Easier By Setting Down Roots For Your Move?

You may think you have everything covered when it comes to moving. You have it all planned and hired the right movers, such as Men on the Move! But unfortunately, there is always a few things that may get overlooked. Throughout the process, and setting down roots is usually one of them. Making new friends may be a good step to getting to know your new area. Doing things you enjoy such as bowling, yoga or volunteer work, helps you meet new and interesting people.

A common mistake people make is expecting too much too quick, everything takes time, and building a proper community relationship with friends and neighbors will take some time. Of course, once you are finally moved in you should familiarize yourself with everything around you, grocery stores and local entertainment maybe some tings you want to learn quick and of course the internet can always help you!

The most important thing about your new move and feeling comfortable with your new area is not to stress out. Relax and enjoy your new city, before long you will be settled in and welcoming other new residents to the area. Always remember, no matter where you move hiring a professional moving company like Men on the Move, makes moving stress-free and an enjoyable experience.