Moving from Garland to Chicago (Movers from $1,547)

Quick answer: A move from Garland to Chicago costs $849 to $7,794 and takes 2-7 days. The main factors that determine the cost and time are how much you’re moving, your move date, and whether you hire a company or do the 918-mile move yourself.

Hiring a long-distance moving company from Garland will be more expensive, while renting a truck or using a moving container is usually cheaper but requires more work.

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

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

Garland movers charge $92 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 $1,547 - $5,896 $1,040 - $2,478 $762 - $1,500
2 - 3 bedrooms $3,206 - $7,794 $1,885 - $3,479 $849 - $1,836
4+ bedrooms $4,940 - $10,466 $2,389 - $4,607 $1,001 - $2,060
*These price ranges are a rough estimate based on 918 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.

Factors influencing moving costs from Garland to Chicago

The cost of Garland movers will depend on:

  • Move size: The cost of your move will depend on the amount of items you have in your home. For example, moving a one-bedroom apartment from Garland to Chicago can be as low as $1,547 while a four-bedroom home can be as high as $8,310.
  • Time of year: Summer is peak moving season in Garland, so moving companies will likely charge more.
  • Do-it-yourself vs professional mover: Renting a truck or using a moving container can be cheaper options, with prices for a rental truck ranging from $762 to $1,984. However, these options require more work and effort compared to hiring professional movers.

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

Hiring movers for a studio apartment or one-bedroom home from Garland to Chicago will cost between $1,547 to $5,896. The cost to move a two- to three-bedroom home will range from $3,206 to $7,794, and a four-bedroom move or bigger move from Garland to Chicago will cost from $4,940 to $10,466.

How much are moving container companies from Garland to Chicago?

Moving containers from Garland to Chicago will cost you $1,040 to $2,478 for a studio or one-bedroom home. For a two- to three-bedroom move, moving containers can cost $1,885 to $3,479. A larger home will cost $2,389 to $4,607.

How much is a moving truck from Garland to Chicago?

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 $762 to $1,500. A larger move will cost $849 to $1,836, and a four-bedroom move from Garland to Chicago costs from $1,001 to $2,060. These estimates include the anticipated fuel cost.

The best Garland to Chicago moving companies

Hiring an interstate moving company to go from Garland to Chicago 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 Garland to Chicago.

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Pros and cons of moving from Garland to Chicago

Cost of living: Garland vs Chicago

Garland Chicago
Average rent cost $1,695 $1,595
Average home value $295,138 $306,098
Average income (per capita) $66,248 $65,601
Cost of Living (single person) $936 $1,001
Cost of Living (family of 4) $3,334 $3,584
Unemployment rate 6.5% 9.0%
Sales Tax 8.25% 10.25%
State Income Tax 0.0% 4.95%
  • Rent prices in Chicago are 6% lower than in Garland.
  • Home prices in Chicago are 3.7% higher than in Garland.
  • Income is the same in Chicago and Garland.
  • The cost of living for a single person in Chicago is 6.9% higher than in Garland.
  • The cost of living for a family in Chicago is 7.5% higher than in Garland.
  • The unemployment rate in Chicago is 38.46% higher than in Garland.
  • Sales taxes in Chicago are 24.24% higher than in Garland.
  • State income taxes in Chicago are 4.95% higher than in Garland.

To put this into perspective, you would need around $3,208.33 in Chicago to maintain the same standard of life that you can have with $3,000.00 in Garland.

How is life different in Garland compared to Chicago?

Chicago Garland
Population 2,746,388 239,928
AllTransit Transportation Performance Score 9 4
Walkability score 77 40
Bike friendliness score 72 41
Crime Index 35.19 27.7
Safety Index 33.87 61.35
Air Quality Good Good
  • Chicago's population is about 1,045% greater than Garland.
  • Chicago's public transportation has a score of 9 out of 10 versus Garland's higher score of 4.
  • Chicago is more walkable than Garland with a score of 77 out of 100 vs Garland's 40 out of 100.
  • Chicago is more bike-friendly than Garland with a score of 72 out of 100 vs Garland's 41.
  • Chicago's crime rate is higher than Garland with a score of 35.19 compared to Garland's 27.7. This means that Chicago neighborhoods are safer than 35.19% of all U.S. neighborhoods, and Garland neighborhoods are safer than 27.7%.
  • Chicago is considered to be less safe than Garland with a score of 33.87 vs Garland's 61.35.
  • Air quality in Chicago is good, and in Garland it's good.

Considerations for moving to Chicago

  • Weather: Although Chicago gets less snowfall than surrounding areas in the Midwest and the Great Lakes region, heavy snowfall could still affect your move in the wintertime..
  • 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: In Illinois, regulations on in-state moves and local movers are set forth by the Illinois Commerce Commission. To move household goods locally and intrastate, companies need to have a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity, so make sure the companies you’re considering have one and that it’s current. Make sure the moving company you use has a license before hiring.
  • State regulator: You can verify a Illinois moving license and its status through the state's public utilities commission.
  • Moving permits: Illinois 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 Chicago. Get started here.
  • Moving company insurance: Every state requires moving companies to carry different levels of insurance. Choose cost-free Released Value Protection from movers for basic coverage at 60 cents per pound. For more extensive protection matching your items' full value, consult your moving company for alternative options or consider a third-party insurance provider.
  • Moving checklist: Our moving checklist will help you have the peace of mind that you've got everything covered.

Local Garland movers

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AB Moving Get A Quote starstarstarstarstar
4.72 overall rating
1701 Summit Ave Suite 8, Plano, TX, 75074
(214) 644-6683
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520 Central Pkwy E #110, Plano, TX, 75074
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Visit our best long distance movers in Garland page to see a complete list of moving companies, including hourly rates, services, and reviews.

Where to live in Chicago

Now that you've decided to make the move to "Chi-Town", these are the best neighborhoods to move to in Chicago.

Best neighborhoods for singles:

  • Lake View
  • Lincoln Park
  • The Loop
  • Near North Side
  • West Town

Best neighborhoods for families:

  • Beverly
  • Edison Park
  • Lincoln Park
  • North Center
  • West Loop

What to do in Chicago

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

  • Millennium Park, Crown Fountain, and The Cloud Gate
  • Navy Pier
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Buckingham Fountain
  • Chicago Riverwalk and Lakefront Trail
  • 360 Chicago and the John Hancock Center
  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Field Museum
  • The Magnificent Mile
  • Willis Tower SkyDeck
  • Garfield Park Conservatory
  • Chicago Cultural Center
  • Wrigley Field
  • Chicago Pizza Tours
  • Oz Park
  • Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise
  • Maggie Daley Park
  • Woolly Mammoth Antiques and Oddities
  • Shedd Aquarium
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Green Mill Jazz Club
  • The Richard H. Driehaus Museum
  • The Chicago Theatre
  • The Second City

Get your sports on!

Chicago is a great sports town, these are the local teams to support:
  • Chicago Bears (NFL)
  • Chicago Cubs (MLB)
  • Chicago White Sox (MLB)
  • Chicago Blackhawks (NHL)
  • Chicago Bulls (NBA)
  • Chicago Fire (MLS)
  • Chicago Sky (WNBA)

FAQ

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

The best time to move from Garland to Chicago is during the spring or fall. These seasons offer milder weather and avoid higher moving costs during the peak moving season in Garland.

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

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

How long does a move from Garland to Chicago take?

The 918-mile move from Garland, TX, to Chicago, IL, takes 2-7 days. Some Garland movers may offer expedited moving if you need it faster. If you need more time, ask your mover about storage options in Chicago.

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