Detroit, Michigan, is a city that has been working hard in recent years to restore itself to its former glory -- and it's doing a good job. New home buyers are looking past the rough exterior, snapping up homes for sale in Detroit, MI, and reveling in the opportunity to rebuild along with the city. If you're ready to head north and call the Motor City home, Movoto Real Estate can help guide you through the process of moving to Detroit.

Find Your Home and Career

Detroit has a plethora of homes from which to choose. A sprawling 3,600-square-foot brick home in the Indian Village neighborhood, an apartment in Royal Oak or a townhouse in Midtown are some of the options you will find in the city.

Ford Motor Company, Chrysler Group LLC and General Motors are the three top automotive companies in the city. Also listed in the top five employers is the University of Michigan and the United States Government, so you have lots of options when it comes to finding work.

Moving to Detroit

The real estate market in Detroit remains fairly constant all year long. The winter months tend to trend more toward a buyer's market because many home buyers prefer to stay out of the snow. Moving companies, such as KW Movers or M&K Moving and Delivery are around to help you move in, no matter the season. U-Haul and P.O.D.S. offer secure storage in the city. Permits aren't needed to move into a home as long as there is a valid Certificate of Occupancy for the structure. You can find out about a home's status by contacting Detroit Buildings and Safety.

When moving to Detroit, you should contact DTE Energy at least 10 business days before moving in for electric and natural gas service. Contact the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department for water and sewage service as soon as possible because new permits might be needed. There must be someone over 18 years old at the home when the water and natural gas services are connected. Cable, telephone and internet services are offered by Comcast Xfinity, AT&T or Dish Network.

The Cost of Living in Detroit

The cost of living in Detroit, including sales tax, is lower than other metropolitan areas around the country. Overall, Detroit's cost of living is 4.9 percent lower than the national average. Property taxes fall in line with the national average but vary based on the address of the home. You will find that the low cost of living is negated to some point by the high cost of insurance. Homeowners insurance has risen because of a reduction in firefighting services in the Motor City.

Plan for Your Transportation

The public transportation in Detroit depends on your location in the city and which things in Detroit you plan on doing. The city has a bus system that services the majority of the city. If you opt to drive, prepare for driving in the snow come winter because the city averages more than 42 inches of snowfall each year.


The Motor City has homes to fit every need, so when you've decided that moving to Detroit, Michigan, is the right choice for you, contact a local Movoto agent for help finding just the right place.