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Relocation Horror Stories

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Everyone has a scary relocation story. Learn about a few of the most horrifying relocation stories others have experienced and ways your relocating employees can avoid the same nightmares!

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Relocation Horror Stories

  1. 1. Very few relocations go off without a hitch.
  2. 2. Usually there is at least area that causes TROUBLE..
  3. 3. However, some people EXPERIENCE an ESPECIALLY rough relocation...
  4. 4. WE HAVE COMPILED THE SCARIEST RELOCATION TALES, PAIRED WITH WAYS TO ENSURE IT Doesn’T HAPPEN to YOU OR YOUR EMPLOYEES.
  5. 5. As if going through the homesale process isn’t a nightmare enough in itself, imagine the pleasure of this experience:
  6. 6. I successfully sold my home, had the moving trucks packed, and was ready to move my three dogs and two kids into our new house. Three days before our new home was supposed to close, I received a call telling me that the person who listed the house didn't really have full ownership, and therefore couldn't sell it. Turns out, a realtor took the listing, ran ads and showed the home…but neglected to check who was on the title of the house. So there I was, just having put down $30K on a home, only to find out that it was actually not for sale.
  7. 7. My relocation had taken a drastic turn. I was forced to take out two storage units, pay for added U-Haul expenses, and find a hotel that took pets because I couldn't afford boarding. To make matters worse, I had already paid for a survey, inspection, and appraisal on the house – all which were now sunken costs.
  8. 8. I had to quickly find a new home. My past mortgage rate of 4.5% was gone. My monthly went up $18.42 for the next 30 years. While things turned out okay and I am now happy in my new home, I lost a lot of time and money in the process as unfortunately there are no laws to protect against this.
  9. 9. Make sure you advise transferees to cover all of their bases during a homesale – even the obvious ones. Ensure that they understand what questions they should be asking and have all the resources they need to avoid any confusion!
  10. 10. THIS TRANSFEREE, RELOCATING TO HAWAII, FOUND SOMETHING IN ONE OF HIS BOXES THAT HE DIDN’T remember packing:
  11. 11. We were gearing up for our move to Hawaii and the relocation was happening quickly, so there wasn’t much method to our madness in terms of packing. We were trying to get everything into boxes and in the moving truck as quickly as possible, assuming we would have time to organize things once we got to our new location.
  12. 12. Somewhere along the way – through all of the opening and closing of doors – our cat got out. We were devastated, but didn’t have time to look for him as we were on an extremely tight schedule. Well…low and behold…
  13. 13. As we were unpacking our boxes a few days later in Hawaii, we opened up a box not to find our kitchen dishes, but our cat! We felt SO bad, but were also so relieved to find him. He must have gotten scared during the move and hidden somewhere he felt safe!
  14. 14. Be diligent with animals! Pets often get frightened during a move and hide in small places to feel safe. Keep a watchful eye on your pets and have a plan for them as well!
  15. 15. THINK HAZARD LIGHTS WILL KEEP YOU FROM GETTING TOWED?
  16. 16. I was moving within Chicago from Andersonville to Lincoln Park – it’s not a far move, maybe 8 miles. We didn’t hire a van line because it was such a short distance and just used my parents car to make trips back and forth. We threw on the hazards as we were loading up my belongings in the old location so our car didn’t get towed.
  17. 17. While that part of our plan worked (we didn’t get towed), we didn’t fully think through the other parts of our plan. Because we left the hazards on for so long, the car died. We had to wait nearly 2 hours for someone to come give us a jump, standing in the freezing cold because we didn’t want to leave a packed car unattended in the middle of the city.
  18. 18. Encourage your transferees to let their landlord know about the move so they can direct them on reserving a spot on the street. Most of the time you can get a place reserved for a few hours for a relatively cheap price (or for free!) and it will save your employees from the constant fear of their car being towed or battery dying.
  19. 19. TRYING TO SAVE MONEY BY BUYING DISCOUNT FURNITURE ON A WHIM? BE CAREFUL...
  20. 20. My husband and I were moving from Ohio to Chicago, and as the cost of living in Chicago is substantially higher than Ohio, we wanted to buy as much as we could before the move. We found a beautiful couch in Ohio and thought it would look great in our new home, so we bought it and had it shipped to Chicago. We were waiting for it to be delivered on the day we moved into our new home, but there was one slight problem…
  21. 21. THE COUCH DIDN’T FIT THROUGH THE FRONT DOOR.
  22. 22. We had already spent so much money on the couch and shipping, so we had to find a way to get it in the house. We ended up having to call someone to come out, tie rope around the couch, and hoist it up three stories. It was time consuming, stressful, and not to mention expensive. Since then, I’ve always measured my furniture and the space it has to fit through, no matter what.
  23. 23. Measure furniture! Remind employees that if they are buying or bringing new furniture, measure the dimensions it has to fit through first! This happens all the time with relocations, and it is an extremely avoidable mistake.
  24. 24. ARE YOU ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE who THINKS “THAT WON’T HAPPEN TO ME!” THINK AGAIN.
  25. 25. We were relocating from Tennessee to Oregon for my wife’s job and we were packing up the moving van the day of the final trip. We got through almost everything, and then loaded in the mattress, only to find that we had guests…
  26. 26. BED BUGS.
  27. 27. After finding the bed bugs in our mattress, we had to unload EVERYTHING, put it back in the house, clean every single item we owned, inspect all of our items afterwards, and then re-pack. It was a complete nightmare. It pushed back our move nearly a month and it was extremely expensive.
  28. 28. Inspect, inspect, inspect. Before your employees pack everything up, make sure they have taken the necessary steps to ensure everything is mold-free, bug-free, and decay-free. It’s time consuming, but if you find something early on, it will save a lot of time and money in the long run.
  29. 29. RELOCATIONS CAN BE SCARY, AND SOMETIMES THERE JUST ISN’T ANYTHING YOU CAN DO TO AVOID IT.
  30. 30. ONE THING YOU do though?
  31. 31. TAKE ALL OF THE NECESSARY STEPS BEFOREHAND AND DON’T TAKE SHORTCUTS.
  32. 32. LET URBANBOUND HANDLE IT!

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