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Christopher…, Real Estate Pro in Englewood, CO

Just for fun, anyone have any moving nightmare stories they want to share?

Asked by Christopher Crosby, Englewood, CO Wed Nov 6, 2013

I just went through a move last weekend. While helping the movers load up the truck I realized that several underwear items had gotten caught in the back of a dresser, even though the drawers had been removed and contents packed up. The movers had taken the items and essentially hung them from the rafters of the truck (so they wouldn't get lost or destroyed), and I learned this is the quickest way to get my girlfriend to seriously blush.

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Too many to list them all. Below are a few, some of which are client stories, and at least one of which is a personal story.

1. A pet cat decided to hide in a box just before it was loaded in the truck. Everyone thought the cat had run off. Wife blames husband. Lots of tears. Couple of days later, homeowners start unpacking boxes and cat pops out. Wife apologizes to husband.

2. Seller's close on sale of home, but aren't required to give possession until 48 hours after closing. Sellers begin the move out process. Movers proceed to back up truck on the driveway, promptly back into garage door and roof line over garage. Thousands in damage to the home they no longer owned, and the contract provided for a $350/day fine for failing to give possession within 48 hours of closing. The good news: Buyer's insurance paid for most of the damage. The Seller paid the deductible, and the Buyer waived the $350/day fine.

3. New homeowner's arrive to move into newly built home, but are told the 80' long concrete driveway is still 'curing' and that they shouldn't back a heavy moving truck on the driveway until the next day. That's not an option so they start unloading and walking the contents on moving dollies up to the home. About 15 minutes into that, a major thunderstorm develops bringing lightning, hail, and flash flooding with it. No good news on this one. It was just a bad day for all concerned.

I bet we could put together a coffee table book with all the answers you'll get on this one!
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I vote for story # 1. My wife is more attached to our cat than just about anything. She is constantly telling us not to let the cat out. She went the extra mile to protect our cat during our move.
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Helped a family member move across the country. They overloaded the UHaul so badly, we were practically dragging off the ground. Brakes went out somewhere in Montana...
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This is terrible to hear. Did the folks have to replace the brakes? Were their belongings damaged? A post on moving that might be helpful next time:
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Worst move ever! Literally bought the house next door, didn't think we needed to pack or have the movers help with the "small stuff." Movers came to carry the furniture next door, and when they left, I looked around and realized we hadn't packed anything like dishes, clothes, linens, lamps, art, etc. Stuff that's really heavy when you put it in a box and try to carry it down one driveway and up the other. Made about 1000 trips between the two houses carrying things in piecemeal to the new house while I was five months pregnant! By the time I carried all my clothes and underwear to the new house, I wouldn't have cared if all of them were hanging from the rafters of any truck in full view of just about anyone! Seriously underestimated an "easy move right next door" and in our defense, we had a lot going on at the time and just didn't think about it until the movers left and we realized how much stuff was still there! So traumatized from that move, I doubt we'll ever move again! Thanks for the question and the "fun" memories!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Nov 6, 2013 and Do it yourself PODS would have made your move easier. Moving "next door" is one of the longest moves IMHO.
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I have written several blogs on moving. Thankfully, no horror stories yet. Here are the posts I wrote on moving: and and
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The mover packed my house on the truck then told me it will be 5k more than the estimate and if I didn't like it they can unpack>
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That is a horror story. I wrote a blog on moving, here is a link. Really sorry to hear this story. What is the company? We should get the name out there to protect others in your area.
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Nice. Just had movers walk right through the screen door!
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