Guide for moving from Boise to Chicago
Are you moving from Boise to Chicago? If you do, you are in for a difficult, complicated, and potentially very stressful task. Because, this 1,694.3mi long road is not easy to cross without good preparation, thorough planning, and reliable long distance movers by your side. That is why Peasley Moving & Storage prepared a guide that will help you get to Chicago without stressing yourself too much. Take a look and see how to organize this move properly.
Get ready for a big change
If you are moving from Boise to Chicago, prepare for a big change. As you already know Chicago is the third most populated city in the country and offers a very different feel than you had in Boise. It has a population of 2,709,534 with a lot of restaurants, parks, sports teams, museums, art galleries, etc. It is located in Cook County and you will have to cross 1,694.3mi to get here from Boise. Of course, since it is a much larger city, it is much less safe than Boise.
However, you will have much more job opportunities, better schools, livelier nightlife, and greater diversity. When it comes to affordability, real estate prices are on the same level (median home value is around $250,000).While rents are significantly higher in Chicago ($1,112 opposite to $957 in Boise). As far as incomes are concerned, know that the median household income in Boise is higher than in Chicago ($60,035/$58,247). So you will either have to find a better job than you had in Boise, or you will have to find a cheaper home.
The most affordable neighborhoods in Chicago
- Irving Park
- New Chinatown
- South Shore
- Logan Square
- Humboldt Park
Start preparing for a move from Boise to Chicago by making a plan
Once you find a good job and a proper home, it is time to start preparing for your move. Of course, your first task is to prepare a moving plan. This plan should contain all the things that you need to do from this point until you arrive in your new Chicago home. This means handling and packing your items, preparing a moving budget, finding some reliable long distance movers Boise has to offer, and getting from Boise to Chicago yourself.
Prepare your moving invenotry before anything else
Once you make a moving plan start preparing your moving inventory. Of course, the first thing that you need to do is get rid of the junk. Sell them online, donate them to charity, or find some good self storage Boise has to offer and chuck your items there until you figure out what to do with them. After you remove unwanted items, prepare a relocation inventory list that will contain all the items that you are planning to move from Boise to Chicago.
Calculate your moving budget
After you make a moving inventory list, you also need to prepare a moving budget. Moving from Boise to Chicago is not a cheap endeavor. So you need to set some limits if you do not want to end up broke during or after the move.
Invest some effort into finding good and reliable cross country movers
Once you set a moving budget, you can start searching for Boise long distance movers. Of course, your goal is to find reliable, experienced, and capable professionals that know how to handle cross country relocations properly. Once you find several moving companies that look good, ask for their moving estimates, compare, and choose.
Getting from Boise to Chicago
One of the most important things that you need to think about is how you will get from Boise to Chicago. If you are planning to travel by plane, train, or bus, you will want to check for tickets as soon as you determine the exact moving date and hire your movers. As you probably already know, if you start searching early, you will have more options and a chance to buy a cheaper ticket. Of course, there are other options like traveling by bus, train, or car, in which case you will have to find some reliable automobile shipping services Boise has to offer. Here are the available options when traveling from Boise to Chicago:
- Flying from Boise to Chicago O’Hare – 5h 29m – From US$192
- Flying from Boise to Chicago Midway – 6h 53m – From US$212
- Traveling by bus to Salt Lake City and getting Amtrak Thruway to Chicago – 42h 40m – From US$190
- Traveling by Bus (Greyhound) directly from Boise to Chicago 45h 2m – From US$269
- Driving your car – 25h 39m – Fuel cost US$167 – US$242
Traveling from Boise to Chicago by car
If you decide to travel by car, first make sure that you can handle it. This means that you hired a full moving service where your movers handled the entire pre-move process including packing. Then, you also need to find some good and capable moving company that can maybe even send a shipping container overseas if you need it (such movers are most proficient). Here is one of the available routes:
Traveling from Boise to Chicago by car – Day 1
- Start at 10:00 am and drive for 2 hours until you reach Twin Falls (around 12:00)
- Rest for 1 hour and continue driving for another 2.5 hours until you reach Ogden
- Rest for 1 hour and continue driving for 2.5 hours until you get to Rock Springs (Wyoming)
- Stay overnight
Traveling from Boise to Chicago by car – Day 2
- Leave Rock Springs and drive for 3.5 hours until you reach Cheyenne
- Spend a day in Cheyenne and rest here overnight
Traveling from Boise to Chicago by car – Day 3
- Leave Cheyenne and drive for 3 hours until you get to North Platte
- Rest for 1 hour and drive another 4 hours until you reach Omaha
- Rest overnight
Traveling from Boise to Chicago by car – Day 4
- Leave Omaha and drive for 2 hours until you reach Des Moines
- Rest for 1 hour in Des Moines and drive for another 2.5 hours until you reach the University of Iowa
- Rest for 1 hour and continue driving for another 4 hours until you finally get to Chicago
Plan thoroughly and stick to our plan if you want to make this move smooth and easy
As you can see, there are many things that you need to think about when moving from Boise to Chicago. However, if you plan your move well and follow our guide, you will be enjoying the city of Chicago as soon as you settle into your new home.