A long distance move is a complicated affair. When you move a short distance you typically have one mover, a truck, and it gets done in a day—maybe two. A long distance move can involve many more people, and multiple moving companies. What makes it so different? How can you have a successful long distance move?
For many people, when you hire a long distance moving company you will be hiring them for what is called a consignment move. During your initial contact with the moving company they will want an estimate of the size and quantity of items to be shipped. When your belongings will not fill up one of their moving trucks, it is called a consignment move. They are not going to send a truck halfway across the country if it is not full. Your moving company will then contact local movers who will pick up your goods and transport them to their main shipping lot. Once enough people have booked moves to similar destinations (or somewhere on the way) the truck is packed up (in the order in which it will be dropped off) and finally departs. Therefore your property may be picked up on the 1st of the month, but it could be the 15th when it starts its journey across the country.