Making a move across the country is no easy feat. When it comes to planning, preparing, and getting ready to move across the country there are thousands of things that you need to take care of. From arranging your movers to transfering your kids school records, the list just goes on and on and on. There's a reason that people loathe the moving process...
While moving may not be easy, that doesn't mean that there aren't things that can be done to alleviate the process. The first order of priority is to set your moving date. Once you have a date established, the rest of your organization calendar can begin to fall into place.... but without this ever important moving date, everything else will be up in the air.
After solidifying the moving date, you'll want to arrange with a nationwide moving company, preferably a mover with an affiliation with a nationwide van line. The long distance moving process is very different than the still difficult local move. When it comes to making an interstate move, you'll often have to do what is referred to as a consolidated move. This means that the local movers will come pick up your belongings, transfer them to a warehouse or other storage facility. Then the contents will be arranged with other individual's belongings in a large 18 wheel truck. The truck will then make stops along the way, as it travels across the country and drops off other people's items. This is why long distance moving companies will only be able to give you an estimated delivery date.
The alternative to this consolidated move is to pay the uber expensive price of a direct delivery. The cost to have a moving crew pick up your belongings and drop them off directly to your new address will be substantially more and usually beyond the financial means of most individuals.