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What You Need to Know When Moving From the 'Burbs to Detroit

Beth KirtonOctober 15, 2018

Have you moved from the suburbs? Taking a plunge into the big city? Here is a helpful primer on things that might help you settle into your new environment. These tips focus on Detroit but hold good advice for moving to a new city in general. It’s an exciting time to be a Detroiter. Welcome!

1. Get Involved.

There are many ways to get involved in your neighborhood and this is especially important in Detroit. The more connected you can be to your community, the more connected you’ll feel in your new surroundings. Pitch in by volunteering in the community garden, donate to the coat drive or host a block party. The more you do, the better sense of community you will foster and provide to others around you.

2. Avoid Parking Fines.

Don’t let parking fines become part of your monthly budget! Parking fines are punitive in the city and these can definitely add up. Most meters go until 10 p.m. and an expired meter ticket will set you back $45. Not fun!

3. Apply for Tax Relief.

Do yourself a favor and apply for the Neighborhood Enterprise Zone Act (NEZ). This is a tax break afforded to city residents who own properties within eligible distressed communities. This means a major break in your property taxes, if approved. Don’t forget to apply when you move in! Find out more here.

4. Get Outside.

Detroit is a vast city, comprised of many neighborhoods. Take advantage of the little communities that are all around you. Take a walk along the Dequindre Cut, Belle Isle and the newly rehabbed Riverwalk which all offer great views and paths in and around our city. Neighborhood sites like NextDoor.com and neighborhood Facebook pages are great for getting to know those around you. It’s also a handy way to find out the best take-out options, housecleaning, handymen and lawn services.

5. Indulge in Art.

In Detroit, you’ll never be far away from a thriving art culture. From live theater to the dive bar music scene, there is something for every taste. The Detroit Institute of Arts, The Detroit Opera House, The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the Motown Museum are but a few of the cultural gems we are so lucky to have here.

6. Please Your Palette.

Detroit is quickly becoming a restaurant hot spot and it seems like there is a new place opening up every other week. There is a nearly infinite number of new places to check out and an impressive mix of styles. From Greektown to Hamtramck you’ll be sure to find a delicious meal.

7. Take in a Game.

Lions, Tigers, Wings, Pistons! Need I say more? The new Little Caesar’s Arena will be completed this year and the Pistons will be moving to Detroit. You are now in proximity to one of the finest sports towns in the United States. Play ball!

You will love living in Detroit, a place like no other. Your new home is in one of the most dynamic and rapidly changing cities in America. You’re now a stone’s throw from world-class dining and some of the finest museums in the world. Detroit is a legendary sports town with a thriving cultural base and so much more. Keep these things in mind and you’ll be a member of the “D” in no time! Welcome home!

Find out more about Detroit at Detroitmi.gov, Detroit.Curbed.com and Freep.com.

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    Beth Kirton

    The Rocket Homes blog is here to bring you all you need to know about buying, selling and making the most of your home. Whether you’re thinking about becoming a homeowner, selling your current home or looking to keep your place in tip-top shape, our writers and freelancers bring their experience and expertise to meet you right where you are.