Transitioning is always a difficult situation. If the area in Florida is well known to you, and you are sure that is the relocation destination, placing your Michigan home on the market during the busy summer season is a good idea. Once on the market, you should then seriously start looking for Florida property. Attempting to transition with two mortgages, or having to store your belongings in a storage facility for a number of months are both difficult situations.
Many of the people who have made the transition have found that selling furniture, and other items that will not be needed in Florida from their northern location is much better than bringing everything along and making the decision of what to keep and what to discard once they are here. Too many of us have chosen the former, and are now stuck with items that we will never use in Florida.
The other important thing is to find a real estate agent who is willing to work with you, is a great listener, and will do what is needed to find you the right home.
Please contact me if you would like some help.
Realty Masters of Florida