Moving To Chicago From Florida

If you are one of the three million Americans moving between states this year, you may be wondering how to find the right moving company to help you. Moving from your Florida home to Chicago—the Windy City—makes your move right in line with the average interstate relocation of around 1,200 miles. You can expect the cost to total somewhere around an average of $4,100. But that means some people pay more, and some people pay less. What’s important is not only what you pay but finding the right mover, so your relocation is excellent—no headaches.

How do I find the best moving company from Florida to Chicago?

Maybe you have moved before, and perhaps this is your first time. Whether you are a rookie or an old pro, it can be a little daunting to figure out what all those moving industry slang words mean. Here’s a helpful cheat sheet to give you the inside scoop on what the industry experts are talking about:

Accessorial Charges

Extra charges from a moving company for packing, unpacking, crating, or appliance disconnection. These fees are added to the baseline cost.


A moving company affiliated with a van line.


American Moving and Storage Association, an industry professional organization.

Bill of Lading

A sheet of information that outlines the details of the move. It is a legally binding contract. A bill of lading is similar to an order for service but presented on the loading day. It also includes the terms and conditions for payment of the total charges, including notice of any minimum charges, evidence of any insurance coverage purchased on your behalf, including the amount paid by the mover, and copies of your estimate, your inventory, your order for service, and your liability coverage selection.

Estimate, Binding

A binding estimate is an agreement for a price that will not change. It is based on the physical survey of household items, converted into the anticipated weight, plus accessorial service costs. Moving companies are permitted to charge a fee for the preparation of a binding estimate. The company must deliver your shipment if you pay 100% of the amount of a binding estimate plus the cost of impracticable operations in an amount not greater than 15% of the total bill.

Estimate, Non-Binding

A non-binding estimate of the moving cost based on the estimated weight of household items and any requested accessorial services. The final bill is determined by the correct weight and any added services. A visual inspection of the household goods is the basis for the estimate. The mover must deliver the shipment if the customer pays a maximum of 110% of the non-binding estimate and any charges for impracticable operations (subject to the 15% limit of the total invoice.)


A list of goods to be moved. This list is the basis for the weight estimate. The cube sheet or inventory should be compiled based on a physical survey of the household items designated to move.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or FMCSA, is an agency within the Department of Transportation that regulates moving companies.

Full-Value Protection Insurance:

Insurance that covers an item’s price or the cost to repair an item if it’s damaged or lost by a moving company. Not included in the price of the move, but available for an additional fee.

Hazard Insurance

Insurance protects against damage to household goods from fire, floods, wind, and other natural events. It is not included in moving company full value or default insurance coverage.

Impracticable Operations

Conditions that prohibit a moving company from completing loading or delivery with their usual equipment or that require additional labor. These terms are delineated in a moving company’s tariff. Additional charges may be added to the final invoice for moving.

High-Value Articles

Household items that have a value of more than $100 per pound. These must be noted expressly for valid insurance coverage.

Household goods

Contents of a residence, items to be moved.

Long Carry Charge

An extra fee applied when a mover carries goods a long distance from a residence to the moving truck or vice versa. The applicable length and the charge are identified on the tariff.


Packed By Owner. Designates when a customer packs goods, which can affect liability.


The price of services offered to a moving customer.

Peak Season Rates

Local or long distance moving cost for moves that are requested during high demand times for moving companies, usually during the summer.

Released Value Insurance

A basic moving insurance policy required by federal law (for interstate moves) and provided at no cost to the consumer. This policy covers your belongings for 60 cents per pound per item, no matter what the article is truly worth.

Storage-In-Transit (SIT)

Temporary storage of your shipment before delivery for a variety of reasons. It can result in additional charges.


Visual inspection of items to be moved. The basis of the inventory and estimate. It is required by FMCSA to be conducted in person in most circumstances.


List of all fees and rules a moving company observes. All accessorial services should be listed as well as restrictions on what the company will transport and what it includes in impracticable operations charges.


A valuation is the declared value of a customer’s belongings. Before the Bill of Lading is signed, a customer will declare the worth of all the items included in their move. This amount limits the liability of the moving company.

Get A Quote To Move

Contact an agent by filling out the fast quote form and get your next move started today!

How do I use this to find a good moving company?

Use your new knowledge to help research reputable moving companies. One of the essential qualifications for a mover is that it registers with the FMCSA and has a DOT Motor Carrier number. The FMCSA maintains a database with information about moving companies’ safety records and customer complaints. You can explore that data on their website. You can also find helpful resources, including their publication about interstate moves, called Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Are Moving. Your mover will also supply you with a copy of the pamphlet when you meet to discuss the move project.

A reputable mover isn’t going to fool you, but it is up to you to educate yourself on your rights and understand your role. Don’t expect the vendor to know which insurance valuation is best for you—read the descriptions of your options and consider what suits your circumstances. Never agree to sign anything that is blank or that you don’t understand. Ask questions, and as you spend time with the companies you are considering to handle your move from Florida to Chicago, remember that while the price is important, it isn’t the only factor to consider. You are hiring a company to load up your most priceless possessions—your household goods and sentimental memories—and transport them to your new home. It’s a critical job, so choose the right partner to carry it out.

Popular Routes

Jacksonville to Chicago
Miami to Chicago
Tampa to Chicago
Orlando to Chicago
St. Petersburg to Chicago
Hialeah to Chicago
Tallahassee to Chicago
Port St. Lucie to Chicago
Cape Coral to Chicago
Fort Lauderdale to Chicago
Pembroke Pines to Chicago
Hollywood to Chicago
Miramar to Chicago
Coral Springs to Chicago
Gainesville to Chicago
Lehigh Acres to Chicago
Brandon to Chicago
Clearwater to Chicago
Palm Bay to Chicago
Miami Gardens to Chicago
Spring Hill to Chicago
Pompano Beach to Chicago
West Palm Beach to Chicago
Lakeland to Chicago
Davie to Chicago
Boca Raton to Chicago
Riverview to Chicago
Sunrise to Chicago
Plantation to Chicago
Alafaya to Chicago
Deltona to Chicago
Miami Beach to Chicago
Town ‘n’ Country to Chicago
Palm Coast to Chicago
Largo to Chicago
Melbourne to Chicago
Deerfield Beach to Chicago
Fort Myers to Chicago
The Villages to Chicago
Pine Hills to Chicago

Boynton Beach to Chicago
Kendall to Chicago
Lauderhill to Chicago
Kissimmee to Chicago
Weston to Chicago
Poinciana to Chicago
Homestead to Chicago
Delray Beach to Chicago
Daytona Beach to Chicago
North Port to Chicago
Tamarac to Chicago
Jupiter to Chicago
Wellington to Chicago
Port Orange to Chicago
North Miami to Chicago
Port Charlotte to Chicago
Palm Harbor to Chicago
The Hammocks to Chicago
Fountainebleau to Chicago
Coconut Creek to Chicago
Doral to Chicago
Sanford to Chicago
Ocala to Chicago
Wesley Chapel to Chicago
Margate to Chicago
Sarasota to Chicago
Bradenton to Chicago
Tamiami to Chicago
Palm Beach Gardens to Chicago
Kendale Lakes to Chicago
Bonita Springs to Chicago
Pinellas Park to Chicago
Pensacola to Chicago
Apopka to Chicago
St. Cloud to Chicago
Country Club to Chicago
Coral Gables to Chicago
University to Chicago
Ocoee to Chicago
Titusville to Chicago

Fort Pierce to Chicago
Oakland Park to Chicago
Cutler Bay to Chicago
North Lauderdale to Chicago
Altamonte Springs to Chicago
Winter Garden to Chicago
North Miami Beach to Chicago
North Fort Myers to Chicago
Ormond Beach to Chicago
Four Corners to Chicago
Winter Haven to Chicago
Greenacres to Chicago
Oviedo to Chicago
The Acreage to Chicago
Hallandale Beach to Chicago
Horizon West to Chicago
Plant City to Chicago
Royal Palm Beach to Chicago
Kendall West to Chicago
Land O’ Lakes to Chicago
Lake Worth to Chicago
Valrico to Chicago
Egypt Lake-Leto to Chicago
Richmond West to Chicago
Navarre to Chicago
Aventura to Chicago
South Miami Heights to Chicago
Panama City to Chicago
Merritt Island to Chicago
Dunedin to Chicago
Winter Springs to Chicago
University CDP to Chicago
Meadow Woods to Chicago
Carrollwood to Chicago
Lauderdale Lakes to Chicago
Cooper City to Chicago
Clermont to Chicago
Buenaventura Lakes to Chicago
Riviera Beach to Chicago
Golden Glades to Chicago

Written by Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving.

If you have any questions about moving, our services, or anything else you think he may be able to help with, you can contact Chris by emailing him at

Ready to Move?

Get A Quote To Move

Contact an agent by filling out the fast quote form and get your next move started today!

Get a quote to move