Remember in The Wizard of Oz when Dorothy closed her eyes and calmly chanted, “There’s no place like home?” Easy for her to say, right? All she had to do was click her heels and poof, back in Kansas again.
For the rest of us, even the best home move can be a nerve-wracking, back-breaking, sleep-depriving marathon as we dodge and weave our way through the expected and unexpected hurdles that separate our former home from our future one. And, as we’ll see in these real-life home move horror stories, there are no magic slippers out there, whether you hire a moving crew or go the DIY route.
Remember when Dorothy’s house fell from the sky, crushing the Wicked Witch of the East? That’s how a lot of these folks felt when their home move turned into a nightmare.
Sometimes it’s getting out of your former abode that proves most problematic. That was the case with Huffington Post Home editor Shana Ecker, who paid officials in jam-packed Hoboken, NJ to post “No Parking” signs for four hours outside her apartment so her moving truck could park and load.
“As the truck arrived, there were cars parked in our designated spots, totally disregarding the postings,” she relates. “So my moving day nightmare began by calling the police to tow the cars along with getting charged an extra two hours by the moving company who had to circle the block while they waited.”
Delays, Delays, Delays
In most moves, time is money. Just ask Karl Johnson. He paid movers nearly $1,500 to move him from Florida to the Pacific Northwest, only to be stranded without his belongings in Seattle for six weeks until they showed up. It gets worse: these dudes had the gall to demand an additional $4,192 to complete delivery. He agreed to give them $3,000, only to find that half his home goods had been stolen or damaged.
New York mom Janis Isaman had it even worse, stranded for months with her toddler literally sleeping on the floor while she worried, called weekly and awaited delivery.