The Horrors of Moving
Horror movies had a character to give a warning to the would-be victims. Here are some moving stories to serve as warning for your own moving stories!
Horror stories of old, and some of the new, come with a warning.
The most common interpretation of these warnings is to have the would-be victims stop at a gas station to fill up their vehicle with gas. As they wait for the tank to fill, an eerie-looking person will step out and approach them. He’ll give an ominous warning that the direction they plan to go will lead to chaos, and most likely death.
Moving can feel like a horror movie, which is why you should listen to horror stories of others and heed the Message from the Harbinger.
Here’s the familiar “Harbinger” scene from a recent classic, The Cabin in The Woods.
(If you haven’t seen The Cabin in The Woods yet, go watch it! Also, if you have seen it, go watch it again. I’m even reading the novelization!)
The Harbinger is meant to give the would-be victims an opportunity to try a different path or change course completely. In The Cabin in The Woods, and other horror classics like it, The Harbinger scene is the ominous foreboding of what’s to come if the would-be victims don’t heed his warning.
If the would-be victims listened and changed, then there would be no story, no horror movie, and no victims.
Your moving story doesn’t have to end like theirs.
Take heed and listen to the following stories so you can save yourself from the same peril that befell these victims! (insert ghostly wailing)
Never Trust a Neighborhood
James (not his real name), had been in his new house for barely a full week. It was Sunday, and he opened the garage to pull out his wife’s car as they made ready to go to church. Sitting in the driveway was his work truck.
Something was missing!
The work truck was a Toyota Pre-Runner, with an open bed.
As a pest control technician, James would use an expensive leaf-blower with an attachment to spray treatment chemicals on lawns. It was brand new. Cost nearly $1000.
Moreover, it was gone!
The previous neighborhood James had lived in was rundown. Cars were parked on lawns, a few homes had windows boarded up, and some of the residents had questionable jobs. However, the truck sat out in the open with the leaf-blower in plain sight…no one touched it.
This new neighborhood, although nicer, was still being built. No one parked his or her car on the front lawn, all the windows were intact, and everyone had a job.
Yet, someone had stolen equipment that James didn’t even own.
However, he still had to help pay to replace, to the tune of $450.
New neighborhoods, though they may look nice, can still hide secrets.
If you’re not familiar with the area, you can get information from those who do live there. Check out City-Data Forums to see what locals have to say. You can post a question about your neighborhood there and get answers.
Make a Checklist
Bob (not his real name) had moved into a lovely two-story home with his wife and kids. He’d set up a bundle package through a local home services provider, getting his internet, cable TV, and phone from one source. Bob liked the convenience of the single check, and he was finding that it saved him some money.
Six months after the move-in, however, he got a bill with late-charges, overdue fees, and about seven months of monthly charge.
For services on his previous home!
Bob had forgotten to cancel the internet service at his last house.
With those built-up charges, Bob had to do a payment plan, as well as work with his credit company to keep his credit score from taking a hit.
It would take years before Bob could pay down the bill.
Make a checklist to ensure you haven’t missed anything before you move out of your home. It may seem tedious, but when the moving process revs up, you’ll most likely be too busy to remember everything yourself. A simple piece of paper with the items listed can save you time, and in Bob’s case, money. You can even use the notes app on your smartphone to write out a list.
If you’re worried that you missed a crucial step, check out The Art of Happy Moving. The Art of Happy Moving has a checklist you can download. The checklist breaks down the timeline needed to get things ready for a smoother transition.
If you want to make a list yourself, that’s fine, but make sure you make a list.
However, most of all- don’t forget to cancel services at your old home!
On a Friday morning, Jack finally found time to start opening boxes that had piled up in his living room from the recent move. The process of moving had been bumpy, but so far, everything had smoothed out.
He’d hired movers to help, and they’d managed to get everything out of his apartment and storage unit, and into his new home in the time allotted.
However, the very next morning he had to go back to work and the stacks of boxes in his living room sat there for several days.
Now he finally had time to get the unpacking done.
As items came out, he noticed a couple of his Bluetooth speakers were missing. He was sure he’d packed them in the right box, but they weren’t there. All the boxes had been taped up, so the movers couldn’t have opened them and helped themselves to some of Jack’s stuff before they left.
Where were they?!
After opening every box, and stacking the contents everywhere else, he was still sure the speakers were missing.
He headed back to his old apartment and asked the management if someone had turned them into the lost and found. The answer was “no.”
The next week Jack searched the boxes again, called friends who’d helped him move, and still couldn’t find them.
It wasn’t until he’d just about given up hope that he found his missing speakers- right next to his bed. He’d pulled the speakers out of the box before taping them up so that he could show a friend. The friend had put them on top of the boxes when they’d loaded up the moving truck. The movers had placed them next to his bed.
You can inventory your entire house to avoid something like this. But then again, that would take a lot of time.
Apps, like Sortly, allow you to take pictures of your stuff and the app will create QR codes that you can print out to put on boxes. You can then scan the closed box to see what’s inside, or what should be inside. While this doesn’t eliminate the possibility of lost items, it can help you track your stuff and provide peace of mind.
To get his stuff across the country, Vince hired movers who would pack his stuff, as well as his car, into containers. They’d agreed to deliver it to his new address and help him unpack.
Vince, being busy, flew to his new home and continued working until the movers showed up.
When they did show up, however, they demanded “extra fees” because of some trouble getting it across the country. While Vince hadn’t agreed on this stipulation, the movers had the keys to the truck.
Vince also noticed that his car wasn’t with the truck.
Since his stuff was held hostage, and his car was nowhere in sight, Vince had to walk to a nearby gas station to use their ATM. Then he had to walk back, hand over the money, and wait for them to unload all his belongings.
With that finally done, Vince had to then negotiate for his car.
Another trip the nearby ATM and he was given the keys and an address.
He didn’t know how to get there, so he had to plug in the address to his map and use public transportation to get there.
At last, Vince had found his car- it was in a paid parking space, and he had to pay the parking fee to get it out.
Make sure you have, in writing, the exact agreement you’ve made with the moving company that you’ve hired.
Before doing this, check them out on the Better Business Bureau and Yelp. Moving companies who do lousy work will get reported. A simple search of the moving company name, plus the word “complaints,” will help you find out who’s been complaining about them.
More reputable moving companies, though they might be more pricey, will save you a headache and you won’t have to worry about your stuff being held for ransom. They may provide a written contract for you, but you should still make sure you have, in writing, the exact agreement you made with them.
Save the Jump Scares for the Movies
Horror movies, with their copious deaths and arterial blood spray, are the best place for scary things to happen.
Not your moving experience.
Although every problem can’t is avoidable, you can take some steps to eliminate problems or at least mitigate them. Things like a checklist, writing up a “mover agreement,” or taking inventory of your stuff can save you from a jump scare along the way.
There is one last thing you need to set up for your new home- setting up your new home services.
Home services, like energy utility, home security system, and internet service provider, can be set up before you move in. It’s highly likely you’ll be moving to a new neighborhood, one you’re not familiar with. You may not know who provides energy, or what ISPs are in the area.
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