$1,357 Movers From Chicago to Huntsville

Quick Answer: The cost to move from Chicago, IL to Huntsville, AL averages from $587 to $5,715 depending on how much you're moving, your move date, and whether you hire a company or do the move yourself.

Hiring a full-service Chicago moving company will be on the more expensive side, while renting a truck or moving container is usually cheaper but requires more work.

Here's everything you need to know about your upcoming move to Huntsville, AL.

Moving the reverse route? We've got you covered with our Moving from Huntsville to Chicago guide.

Moving from Chicago to Huntsville resources

Moving 586 miles is no joke. Here's what you need to know.

How much does it cost to move from Chicago to Huntsville?

Chicago movers charge $100 per hour on average. Here are average prices for a full-service moving company, moving container, or truck:

Move Size Moving Company Moving Container Rental Truck
Studio / 1 bedroom $1,357 - $3,763 $800 - $1,969 $544 - $995
2 - 3 bedrooms $2,337 - $5,715 $1,502 - $2,805 $587 - $1,123
4+ bedrooms $4,134 - $8,793 $2,004 - $3,475 $705 - $1,440
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*These price ranges are a rough estimate based on 586 miles and historical averages. The actual size of your move, additional services required, truck parking access, market conditions, and availability can greatly affect the final cost of your move.

The cost to move from Chicago to Huntsville will depend on:

  • Move size: The amount of items you have — as well as your home size and layout — will impact the total cost of your relocation.
  • Time of year: Summer is peak moving season in Chicago, so moving companies will likely charge more.
  • Do-it-yourself vs Professional Mover: DIY moving services are usually cheaper but involve more work and stress compared to letting the pros handle your move.

How much are professional moving companies when moving from Chicago to Huntsville?

Hiring movers for a studio apartment or one-bedroom home from Chicago to Huntsville will cost between $1,357 to $3,763. The cost to move a two- to three-bedroom home will range from $2,337 to $5,715, and a four-bedroom move or bigger move from Chicago to Huntsville will cost from $4,134 to $8,793.

How much are moving container companies from Chicago to Huntsville?

Moving containers from Chicago to Huntsville will cost you $800 to $1,969 for a studio or one-bedroom home. For a two- to three-bedroom move, moving containers can cost $1,502 to $2,805. A larger home will cost $2,004 to $3,475.

How much is a moving truck from Chicago to Huntsville?

Renting a moving truck is usually the cheapest option, but it requires you to do all of the driving and labor.

Moving a studio or one-bedroom apartment in a rental truck will cost around $544 to $995. A larger move will cost $587 to $1,123, and a four-bedroom move from Chicago to Huntsville costs from $705 to $1,440. These estimates include the anticipated fuel cost.

The best Chicago to Huntsville moving companies

Hiring an interstate moving company to go from Chicago to Huntsville is a big deal.

There are more than 8,000 moving companies in the U.S. But don't worry, you won't have to filter through all of them. We've done the research for you and narrowed the list based on customer satisfaction, cost, and services. Here are the best long-distance moving companies serving Chicago to Huntsville.

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If you're just trying to ship a few items, here are our picks for the best small load moving companies.

Pros and cons of moving from Chicago to Huntsville

Cost of living: Chicago vs Huntsville

Chicago Huntsville
Average rent cost $1,595 $1,400
Average home value $306,098 $277,985
Average income (per capita) $65,601 $60,959
Cost of Living (single person) $1,001 $1,979
Cost of Living (family of 4) $3,584 $3,710
Unemployment rate 9.0% 3.1%
Sales Tax 10.25% 4.5%
State Income Tax 4.95% 5.0%
  • Rent prices in Huntsville are 12% lower than in Chicago.
  • Home prices in Huntsville are 9.2% lower than in Chicago.
  • Income in Huntsville is 7.1% lower than in Chicago.
  • The cost of living for a single person in Huntsville is 97.7% higher than in Chicago.
  • The cost of living for a family in Huntsville is 3.5% higher than in Chicago.
  • The unemployment rate in Huntsville is 65.56% lower than in Chicago.
  • Sales taxes in Huntsville are 56.10% lower than in Chicago.
  • State income taxes in Huntsville are 1.01% higher than in Chicago.

To put this into perspective, you would need around $5,931.07 in Huntsville to maintain the same standard of life that you can have with $3,000.00 in Chicago.

How is life different in Chicago compared to Huntsville?

Huntsville Chicago
Population 215,006 2,746,388
AllTransit Transportation Performance Score 2 9
Walkability score 24 77
Bike friendliness score 40 72
Crime Index 37.57 35.19
Safety Index 62.43 33.87
Air Quality Good Good
  • Huntsville's population is about 92% less than Chicago.
  • Huntsville's public transportation has a score of 2 out of 10 versus Chicago's lower score of 9.
  • Huntsville is less walkable than Chicago with a score of 24 out of 100 vs Chicago's 77 out of 100.
  • Huntsville is less bike-friendly than Chicago with a score of 40 out of 100 vs Chicago's 72.
  • Huntsville's crime rate is higher than Chicago with a score of 37.57 compared to Chicago's 35.19. This means that Huntsville neighborhoods are safer than 37.57% of all U.S. neighborhoods, and Chicago neighborhoods are safer than 35.19%.
  • Huntsville is considered to be safer than Chicago with a safety index of 62.43 vs Chicago's 33.87.
  • Air quality in Huntsville is good, and in Chicago it's good.

Considerations for moving to Huntsville

  • Weather: Huntsville experiences hot, humid summers and generally mild winters. Huntsville is located in tornado alley..
  • HOA rules: Check ahead with any neighborhood or community rules on moving to ensure a smooth move.
  • Elevator reservation: If your building has an elevator you'll want to check on how to reserve it for move day.
  • Truck parking permits: Some cities require parking permits for large vehicles and moving trucks. Find out if you need any parking permits ahead of time.
  • State licensing: To guarantee the safety and reliability of local moving services in Alabama, it is essential for moving companies to possess a registration number issued by the Alabama Public Service Commission (APSC). Trust your move to registered professionals for a secure and dependable experience. Make sure the moving company you use has a license before hiring.
  • State regulator: You can verify a Alabama moving license and its status through the state's public utilities commission.
  • Moving permits: Alabama does not require any moving permits, but it is helpful to check local parking restrictions before moving into the state.
  • Change of address: We recommend submitting your change of address form with USPS at least a week prior to your move. You can set an official move date on the form and this way all of your mail will get properly forwarded to Huntsville. Get started here.
  • Moving company insurance: Every state requires moving companies to carry different levels of insurance. Moving companies typically take responsibility for your belongings at a rate of 60 cents per pound (or even less) per item. This means that for a lightweight item weighing five pounds and valued at $500, the reimbursement would be only $3 in the event of loss or damage. To enhance your coverage, certain movers provide additional valuation options, such as declared value or lump sum value protection, which offer better protection compared to the basic released value protection. To better understand and explore these options, consider discussing them with your chosen moving company.
  • Moving checklist: Our moving checklist will help you have the peace of mind that you've got everything covered.

Local Chicago movers

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(773) 489-0600
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3201 Tollview Drive, Rolling Meadows, IL, 60008
(847) 378-4949

Visit our best long distance movers in Chicago page to see a complete list of moving companies, including hourly rates, services, and reviews.

What to do in Huntsville

These are some of the best things to do in your new Alabama home.

  • U.S. Space and Rocket Center
  • Huntsville Botanical Garden
  • Harmony Park Safari
  • U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum
  • Alabama Constitution Village

Get your sports on!

Huntsville is a great sports town, these are the local teams to support:
  • Huntsville Havoc (SPHL)
  • North Alabama SC Gravity (WPSL)
  • Rocket City Roller Derby (WFTDA)
  • Rocket City Trash Pandas (AA Minow League)

FAQs about moving from Chicago to Huntsville

When is the best time to move from Chicago to Huntsville?

The best time to move from Chicago to Huntsville is during the transitional seasons of spring or fall, considering the summer highs of 90ºF and the winter lows of 30ºF in Huntsville.

When is the cheapest time to move from Chicago to Huntsville?

Because most people are moving from Chicago to Huntsville in the spring or fall, you can often catch discounts by moving in the summer or winter. Read our guide on moving discounts to learn more.

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