moving from chicago to kansas cityIf you’ve been reading our blog on a regular basis, you can probably tell we’re trying to make a point with the past few blogs. The point is, people are choosing to move to Kansas City because it is affordable, desirable and provides a quality of life that may not be achieved when living in larger cities or on the coasts. But for those of you specifically moving from Chicago to Kansas City, we’ve got some information for you to consider.

Moving Costs
The cost of moving to Kansas City from Chicago will vary depending on the size of home you’re moving from to the size of home you’re moving into; whether it’s a partial or full move, etc.

If your company is relocating you, they’ll most likely give you a budget to cover a full move, meaning the moving company will pack all your items, load and drive the truck down through the midwest and unload all your goods safely into your new home. According to the moving cost calculator on, for a 3-bedroom home, this could cost you between $6,000 – $8,000. For a partial move, you

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could cut these costs in half, and if you’re doing the majority of everything yourself, you’ll just need to factor in the cost of renting a moving truck and purchasing moving boxes and packing supplies.

This, of course, won’t include your costs for gas and food along the way, so be sure to factor those in when relocating from Chicago to Kansas City. It’s anywhere from 9-10 hours, so there will certainly be a few stops in there! (Especially if you’ve got a moving mate like this cutie who will need bathroom breaks!)

Top Neighborhoods

In our last blog, we laid out some of the things to consider when choosing a neighborhood to move to. This will be part of the cost of moving to Kansas City from Chicago that you’ll need to factor in. Some neighborhoods in the Kansas City metro will get you a lot more bang for your buck when it comes to house and/or lot size, but they may be a little further from the downtown business district. However, some of the school districts are higher rated in the areas of town outside of downtown or midtown Kansas City (which we’ll get to next).

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Photo by Erik Mclean on Unsplash breaks down some of the trendier neighborhoods in Kansas City where lots of the great restaurants, shopping and unique home architecture are located.

North of the river, you’ll find many well-established and up and coming neighborhoods with beautiful homes, some on golf courses, some with easy access to main highways and many with wonderful HOA amenities and communities. When relocating from Chicago to Kansas City without any prior knowledge of the area, it may help you to view our neighborhood guides to get a feel for them.

School Districts
There are over 70 school districts in Kansas City when covering the Missouri and Kansas side. If your top priority is a school district, this could be overwhelming. So let us help break down some of the top districts.

#1 Blue Valley Unified School District

This is in Overland Park, Kansas, which is just outside of Kansas City. This district includes 21 elementary schools, nine middle schools and five high schools. It’s lowest rating on is for diversity.

#2 and #4 are Blue Springs and Lee’s Summit School Districts

These are both on the east side of Kansas City and a bit smaller school districts with only two and three high schools in each. Both have low diversity ratings and Lee’s Summit had a low food rating. (Hey, this is something to consider! We know how kids are about food.)

#5, #7 and #9 are Liberty, Park Hill and North Kansas City School Districts

These are all Northland schools (which is what the north part of Kansas City is called). All three districts are well-rated, but Staley High School, which is part of the North Kansas City School District, is #9 in the entire state and #1103 in national rankings, according to a US News report.

We know moving your children is a big decision, and finding the right school for them is important. Hopefully this information helps you out, but we’d also love to share our firsthand knowledge with you. The Dani Beyer Real Estate team is family-focused, with many of our staff being working moms. We will give you the 411!

Dani Beyer Real Estate Team

Lastly, when relocating from Chicago to Kansas City, it can also feel overwhelming to try to find a realtor in a new town. With over 16,000 realtors to choose from, it could feel like researching the best Kansas City realtor is just another task on your list that you don’t have time for. So let us help you out. The Dani Beyer Real Estate team has ranked in the top 1% of those realtors – often in the top 15, and we’re the number one resale agent in the 64155 zip code (where Staley High School is!). So you can trust us to be your resource. And it doesn’t stop at homes. We’ll put you in touch with any other resources you may need! Our preferred vendor list is a great place to start.

We know and love our city, and we’ll help you find the best place for your family to land. Give us a call at 816-716-5172 or email to get started.

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