How much does moving from Illinois to Florida cost?

I’m currently based in Chicago, but I just got the job offer of a lifetime down in Miami so I’m making the move down south! I got a nice pay raise, but I still don’t want to have to drain my savings to make the move. What does moving from Illinois to Florida cost?

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Answer provided by
Natalie Todoroff
Answered on Jul 26, 2022
Congratulations on the new job offer! Moving from Illinois to Florida costs an average of $3,000 to $3,500. Naturally, this figure fluctuates significantly based on how much stuff you’re bringing with you.
If you’re a renter looking to move into a new studio apartment, the move may cost you as little as $1,400. But, if you’re a homeowner looking to bring an entire home’s worth of possessions with you down to Florida, you’re be closer to the $7,000 to $10,000 range.
Hiring movers is one of the most common and convenient ways to transport all of your stuff, but if you’re feeling savvy and willing to take on some of the labor yourself (or ask some friends to pitch in), you can rent a U-Haul for much less, between $1,000 and $4,200 total.
It’s not just how you move that impacts the total cost—it also depends on when. Generally speaking, it’s cheaper to move during the winter months. Three-day weekends and summer months tend to be pricier times to move, as many people tend to choose those times of year to uproot.
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