The amount of money I will need to move from Burbank Illniois to Southern California would be?

Including to buy/rent a house and gas and food and you know. And how many hours will it take?


I might move in the future, like you said, when things are planned out, now now. I was just asking.

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  • ?
    Lv 6
    7 years ago
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    Assuming that you're going to Los Angeles, that's about a 2000-mile drive from the Chicago area. Visit the U-Haul website to get estimates for rental truck rates. The actual drive should take 3 to 5 days. But don't commit to the truck rental unless and until you have a house arranged.

  • 7 years ago

    Hours? For what? Moving?

    Most people who ask this question are unprepared, unrealistic, with no money, no experience, no skills, and no plan. Simply moving here without a plan is a bad idea. Failing to plan is the same as planning to fail. When you move here, your problems tend to follow you. So being bored, broke, and unemployed in LA is very similar to being bored, broke and unemployed where you live. Only the weather is nicer.

    If you are from outside the US, even from Canada, you will need to get a work visa to live here (unless you are independently wealthy). You either have to have a sponsor, or win the green card lottery. Both those situations are rare in the extreme.

    You need a plan: First item on the agenda is rent. A decent 1BR apartment in LA currently goes for $1200, give or take. Nicer areas and areas closer to the beach are much higher. Don't expect to move to Santa Monica and get an apartment on the beach for that much. Or Toluca Lake, or Beverly Hills. Unlike many metro areas, LA is unique in that it extends for nearly 100 miles in every direction. There are no open spaces between towns. So the price tends to stay high until you are 70-100 miles from Los Angeles.

    Next, you will need a car. Los Angeles is VERY spread out, and train service is extremely limited. If you don't have a car, you will have to take a bus, which takes 3 times longer to get anywhere than a car.

    All told, it generally takes about $3,000 per month to live here. If you don't have a job that pays that much or skills that can get you that kind of job, stay where you are. If you are unskilled and work for minimum wage (or for tips like bartending or waiting tables), you'll only make about $1200 per month.

    And speaking of jobs, they are rather hard to come by now. College grads seeking employment are having a very tough time of it right now, since the job market is flooded with experienced people who were laid off. Unemployment is over 12% right now. Not exactly the kind of job market you want to move into.

    Finally, you will need money. Landlords want first month's rent and a security deposit up front. You'll need money for food, transportation, utilities, etc. The consensus in this forum is that you need about $10,000 to start out.

    So there's your plan. And please don't tell us that you have dreams of being an actor or singer. That sets off another alarm. We already have a million (literally) wannabe actors in this town. Don’t even get me started. The case of Satara Stratton is so common, it doesn’t even count as news:

    Before you think about moving here, take a GOOD look at that face. It could be yours.

    Do some research on these sites to see about safety vs. price:

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