This isn't a response to the OP, more just for general consideration to anyone who might be facing a long move.
I've moved a whole room's worth of herp enclosures long distance overland, oh let's see now, three times. None was last-minute, rather, all were (I flatter myself now) well-planned and well-executed.
So it's entirely possible.
All three moves featured a moving company loading, hauling, and unloading my household furniture and boxes, but me renting an enclosed trailer and loading it with my vivs. And taking the animals inside my tow rig, in coolers to buffer extremes of heat or cold. I never mess around with sightseeing while I'm on a "move all my animals" mission. There's one thing to do, and it needs to be done well. Take it seriously and, while yeah a complete pain in the ass, you can do it with zero loss of life and zero viv carnage. Typically in a cross-country move, your mover leaves your old town a half-day or so ahead of you, but - if you just bee-line it - you still arrive a few days ahead of them at your new town. Use that time to set up the new herp room. Then when your clothes, sofa, washing machine etc etc arrive, you can switch gears to getting all that stuff put in the right spots in your new home.
I had posted specific instructions on my very carefully packaged and padded box that were not followed.
If you want it done right you gotta do it yourself. In my experience, moving companies seem to hire a lot of sketchy guys who are in a bind from bad life choices or hard-luck circumstances. Seriously, most of them seem to be on meth or dope or both. Expecting written instructions to be followed is wildly optimistic
. I would trust those guys with nothing - NOTHING
- that you aren't willing to have damaged or stolen. So e.g., animals, guns, jewelry, hard drives, and any essential documents stay with you
. Plates, chairs, garden tools, and sweaters - Joey & Johnny Tweaker can be in possession of all that crap for a few days. Observe this, and you will not be badly disappointed. Fail to observe this, and you're courting major heartburn
Anyway, I hope this gives encouragement to those who may be looking forward to a move with some trepidation. It's intimidating, but it's really not that hard to do well. Just grab it, and own it.