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November 21, 2023

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Moving to Chicago is a dream for many people across all different walks of life. If you have your eye on the Windy City, we support you. It’s a vibrant city to live, work, explore, and spend time in. But getting there can feel a bit overwhelming at first. If Chicago mover’s cost is giving you pause, don’t worry! There are ways to make this move affordable. 

How Much Do Movers Cost in Chicago? 

Not all moves are the same, which is why costs vary. 

Local move. A local move comes out to around $500-1,000, depending on a few variables, which we’ll dive into later. Here in Chi-town, the average cost of movers per hour is $100/hour. 

Long distance move. The average cost for long-distance movers is around $5,000. Chicago mover rates will often be determined by a per mile/pound rate. These days, the average amount is around $.80.

Pro-tip: A long-distance move is anything that exceeds 400 miles. 

At AAA Movers, we offer a free quote for your upcoming move to Chicago. If you tell us more about your moving needs, we can provide a customized quote that aligns with your specific circumstances. 

Factors That Can Affect the Price of Moving 

Size of homes or commercial space. How big of an area are you moving from and to? Chicago mover rates for a three-bedroom house are higher than a studio apartment. 

How much crew you need. Many Chicago moving companies charge hourly per person. You can save on costs if you only need two people to get the job done. 

Travel time between spaces. How long will it take your movers to get from Point A to Point B? As mentioned before, a long-distance move will cost more than a local one. But beyond that, areas with notoriously heavy traffic (prevalent here in Chicago) can cost more. 

Heavier or cumbersome items. Certain items (e.g., pianos, pool tables, large paintings or mirrors, etc.) increase moving costs because they’re complicated to move. An additional charge will likely be added to your total if your movers need to use a hoist or special rigger. 

Stairs or elevators. If your movers have to traverse stairs or elevators, that’ll add time to the job, resulting in an additional fee to your total Chicago movers cost. Most companies charge $3/step for stairs or $50/hour for elevators. 

Parking permit for moving. Chicago requires you to apply and pay for a moving permit if you’re relocating to a new apartment or condo without dedicated parking. They usually cost $25 for each moving truck or $50 if you’re moving to or from the Chicago Central Business District. 

When you choose to move. Because of demand, certain moving times are pricier than others. You can save money moving in the slower, snowier season, November through February. And prices for weekend movers are higher than those for the middle of the week. If you plan ahead, you can save quite a bit. 

Storage pricing. If you need to rent a storage unit to house belongings before or during your move, that’ll increase your total moving cost.  

Trust AAA Movers to Get You to Chicago

For a trustworthy team of Chicago movers with reasonable pricing, look no further than AAA Movers. We offer a free, personalized quote for our Chicago mover rates without hidden fees—what you see is what you get. 

Get a free quote for your Chicago mover's cost! And, on behalf of our team, welcome to Chicagoland! 

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