Moving house is terrible

 photo Movinghome100sqft_zps51b16394.jpgHi everyone! I missed you all very much! But I haven’t had the internet since last Thursday because I foolishly decided to MOVE HOUSE.

Let me first say that when those polls rate house-moving up there with divorce and other tragedy, they are not wrong. When you Google Image search ‘moving house’, you get a lot of happy, smiling faces. That’s nonsense. My experience was a lot more like this:

 photo 112808710-Family-moving-house_zpse2f1dfe5.jpgThe man on the left sums up my feelings.

My internet guy went to the wrong house, then when he didn’t find me there, gave up and cancelled the job. I haven’t been able to get a new appointment till today. But it’s OK, they are compensating me! £5. I can’t wait to spend it!

Other fun stuff happened: I opened the refrigerator, and the door fell off in my hand. I went to Ikea on a Sunday (this branch, as well) and it was hell on earth. I went to tidy up the bathroom and found that some random househunter before me had been there first, used the ‘facilities’, and not bothered to flush.

And the other thing – it just doesn’t feel like home. It feels like my stuff in a pile in someone else’s living room, and that makes me sad.

I read that Beyonce and Jay-Z are moving to London, but not even that knowledge was enough to cheer me up, ‘cos I’m fairly sure they’re not moving in near me.

So I think what I’m basically saying is, tell me it’s normal to feel this way, and tell me your moving nightmares so I feel better about mine.


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45 Responses to Moving house is terrible

  1. Moving is the actual worst. I don’t have any stories that are particularly interesting, but it’s always a stressful nightmare.

  2. Sota says:

    FOURTH FLOOR WALK-UP IN HARLEM. That should accurately paint a picture for you. I did the moving in myself (With my Dad…can’t believe he was willing to help with that.) but on the way out I hired some strong men to deal with all of it for me. I don’t think I will ever be able to move myself again. It’s the ABSOLUTE WORST EVER. I don’t even care how much it costs. I just hate it all.

    • gnidrah says:

      Oh god 😦 I feel your pain. Luckily I am only one floor up, but my dad and my brother-in-law looked decidedly unimpressed with the layout of the stairs to get up there. Plus, now I’ve built all this Ikea shit, I have no idea how I will ever get it out of there again.

  3. I once moved from one house to the one directly next door (college) and this was in a college town where everyone had the same move in/move out dates – July 31/Aug 1 and the people in the house we were moving into said they’d be long gone by the day we had to be out. Guess what, they totally lied and so we had planned on just carrying everything from one house to the next and then cleaning the old house all day, but of course we couldn’t do that cause these liars were gonna be moving out and cleaning all day and basically ruining the whole plan. So we moved all of our stuff into our lawn/driveway so we would have enough time to clean and then we fucking sat there until they were done with the new house and then moved all of our stuff into it. And they did a shitty job cleaning.

    I also had a moving truck just straight up break one of those security arms that keeps people out of the apt complex. I warned them to wait and it’ll come up again but they just straight up drove into it as it slammed into the top of their truck and they drove away. I should have told the apt company about it but they were already stealing 50% of a month’s rent because they claimed I needed to give them 60 days notice even though my lease was already up and I figured we were almost even.

    • gnidrah says:

      This is my nightmare. I emailed my old landlord a week ago to say “my deposit is for sure coming back, isn’t it?” and so far, nothing…

      • Landlords are the worst. Just respond, even if it’s a “no and here’s why…” but i’m sure you’re getting it back unless you smeared poop everywhere.

        • Wallflower says:

          Agreed. We once lived in a duplex in which we painted every room because the previous paint job was horrible and didn’t get our deposit back because the lawn wasn’t freshly mowed. After that, I wished that his next tenants would be the worst. I don’t know if they were, but I hope so.

        • gnidrah says:

          Wallflower, that’s ridiculous. Reminds me of when I first moved to London, and the letting agent was very threatening, saying we owed them money. I was young and I panicked, so I went in to see them and ask how much – it was 5p. FIVE PENCE.

  4. I have some friends who asked me to help them move and I came over to their house on a Sunday around 10am and they basically hadn’t packed anything. So I wasn’t just carrying shit and driving multiple multiple trips, we had to pack all of their shit too. I was pretty annoyed.

    Also for any of my friends reading this: I am no longer available to help you move in exchange for “pizza and beer.” I can buy my own damned pizza and beer.

    • Sota says:

      Plus the pizza and beer you buy yourself is usually the kind you like, the good brands…not the crappy stuff that they ran to the 7-11 to pick up because they were busy packing.

      • Yeah plus if my friends really need help moving, I’ll do it because I’m their friend, not cause I need their shitty pizza and beer and helping them is the only way to get it.

        • Sota says:

          Very true! I recently did help a friend and her husband paint their living room, not for the promise of pizza or beer, just because I was trying to be nice. (#humblebrag) But I thought it was nice that my friend’s husband bought the specific brand of Irish Cider that he knows I love just because he knew I would be helping. I thought that was awfully nice. I might have to be nice more often.

    • flanny says:

      I am NOT cool with packing other people’s shit. I will carry your stuff and take apart your stuff and put it back together, but I’m not putting things in boxes.

      • yeah, packing is such a tedious, miserable process. At least moving is like carrying shit around and lifting and you can feel accomplished at the end. Packing is just awful. Beats unpacking, though.

        • Uggh, unpacking. When you’re so tired and just want to be DONE but you can’t be because everything you need is taunting you from inside their cardboard fortresses.

        • Yeah the smartest moving advice I’ve ever gotten was to put all the shit you’ll need in the first week in a select group of boxes so you can unpack those first (basic cooking stuff, bedding, a couple towels, and a couple days of clothing) and take your time with the rest.

        • gnidrah says:

          I have been living in the cardboard box fortress! I know it so well!

  5. gnidrah says:

    Next week though, is Eurovision week! Such fun! And I have so many posts (three) coming your way!

    • FRQ says:

      I’m looking forward to it! Also sorry about your shitty move. I’m about to do the same next month, so I pray to the robot deities up there that nothing like that happens (especially the fridge thing).

      • gnidrah says:

        Just had to revisit the old place to hand back the keys, and I bawled like a baby. Also, last night, managed to set not one, but two, smoke alarms off – VERY LOUD, those alarms. Dammit, new place.

        Best of luck with your move. There were some really great tips on this thread, I wish I had had them before I moved.

  6. flanny says:

    Last time I moved, the date that we had picked out months before ended up being the date Hurricane Irene was supposed to hit Boston, so I was terrified. However, like most predicted weather events in Boston, it was barely a tropical storm and the move was pretty okay. When I picked up my keys and went to the apartment for the first time, though, the deadbolt key I was given wasn’t correct, so I had to stand outside in the hallway with my realtor and off-site landlord for an hour until the building manager showed up. It wasn’t really bad, just awkward.
    That spring, though, I helped a friend of mine move, and there was a horrible downpour throughout the entire morning. After one or two trips to the moving truck, we gave up trying to even pretend things were going to stay dry, and it actually ended up being sort of stress-free and painless because no matter what we did everything was going to be sopping wet.
    Lemons out of lemonade? I dunno, though, I HATE moving, I think because my family’s lived in the same house since the 60s.

    • gnidrah says:

      My parents have been in the same place since 1985. I watched Live Aid there. Maybe that explains my aversion!

  7. 2 years ago I helped my friends move into their 2nd floor apartment on a 90 degree day in July. FUN TIMES.

    I’ll be moving soon, because our apartment flooded and it’ll take months to repair the cabinets/floor. So we’re scrambling to find a new place, of course the same week I’m leaving a job and starting a new one. My stress level right now is way too high. And we’ve been in our place for 2 years, so packing is going to take forever. On top of that, rent in the area has become too damn high.


    • gnidrah says:

      Huge amounts of luck. I just moved 4 years’ worth of stuff… Just got to keep breathing…

  8. I do have a packing pro tip, though: if you need boxes, go to a liquor store and ask if they have any they can give you. My mom used to work at one, and they were always trying to get rid of wine boxes because they had so many. They were the really good, sturdy boxes with built-in handles, too. Awesome for moving.

  9. Kate says:

    I sympathize poor chap. We’re a former military family and we moved a lot. I find it takes a full year to get organized into a new home. You have to go through every holiday/season and find where in god’s name you put the stuff for that season. I re-did the kitchen last year and I still can’t find where I put some stuff. My advice is to play some great music while unpacking, and look forward to cocktail hour.

  10. My worst moving experience by far was when I moved out of my college apartment after my senior year. My roommates and I had gone out the night before and gotten completely wasted, so when my dad showed up at 9 am the next day to get all my stuff, I was in intense pain. This was also in North Carolina in the middle of summer, so it was already 90 degrees, which just made the hangover pain even worse. The nice part was that my roommates were equally as hungover as me, so we were all in it together. The bad part was trying not to puke in front of three sets of parents and also feeling like I was dying.

    • hotspur says:

      Ohhh, yes. I had to move terribly hungover once. I could barely stand. Finally, very late in the day, I got my meager belongings into my car, at risk of all my innards exiting me the whole time. I was the last one out of a house that 8-10 of us lived in. I went back in to take out the garbage, and when I picked up the trash bag it split, dumping 40 pounds of wet foody garbage all over the kitchen floor. Handling this was way outside my impaired functional parameters, so I had no choice but to leave it there. “Well, the owners told us we had to clear out because they are moving in at dawn tomorrow, so they will take care of it and keep my share of the deposit.” Fair.

      Except the owners were straight-up the worst people who had lied to us constantly, and this was their final, crowning lie: they didn’t show up for WEEKS. A pile of fetid wet waste sat in their kitchen that whole time, and it ate through the floor (supposedly) and made the house uninhabitable.

      Luckily all of us who’d lived in that house were super-transient at the time, having just wrapped up college; I think I moved twice in the next 6 months and I was one of the stable ones. So they couldn’t track us down for restitution.

      Possibly this story makes me look awful. I was very young. (22, that is not young anywhere in the universe except contemporary America.)

      • Wallflower says:

        Sounds like the owners got what they deserved. Karma’s a bitch and all that.

      • Erika says:

        If the landlord can’t be arsed to check on the property for weeks after the tenants move out, any damage from letting stuff sit around is entirely on them. I think that may even be the law in my state. The landlord has two weeks to return the deposit with deductions for damages. If the landlord doesn’t get around to returning the deposit in two weeks, you’re entitled to all of it. Seems fair to me, and I think my state generally sucks in the tenant protection department.

  11. Simon Spidermonk says:

    One place I moved into had a coyote living in the walls. It was quiet during the day but it yipped and howled all night. One night it was quiet, and I snuck into the kitchen to make myself a cheese sandwich, leaving the lights turned off so that I wouldn’t wake it, and as I was leaving I turned and saw its snout sticking up out of the sink’s drain. Its mouth was opening and closing with a succession of soft popping sounds as its wet tongue flailed to shape words. So I dropped dead and now I’m a ghost. Woooo.

    Feel better?

    • Kate says:

      Wow. I just…I don’t know how to even process this…horrifying story. What kind of exterminator would deal with this? Ghostbusters?

    • gnidrah says:

      You know what, I do feel better. THANK YOU 🙂

      Also the image of a snout sticking out of a drainpipe will haunt me forever, I think I might be dead too already.

  12. catweazle says:

    When I was 17 my family went broke and had to sell the house we’d lived in for 14 years and let me tell you, the accumulated junk of six people who don’t throw things away takes up a lot of space! Our house had a huge front yard so we just piled up all of the garbage on the block-long curb which was probably really exciting for the garbage guys, but was equally exciting for us since it was the middle of January and there was a foot of snow on the ground. I also didn’t own a winter coat at the time and just spent hours dragging things outside wearing just a hoodie.

    The next time we moved we somehow had what seemed like almost as much stuff to get rid of as the last time, and this time it was the middle of summer and unbearably hot outside! And on the day when I was feeling the most over it, a vacuum fell on my head while I was cleaning.

    When I moved out of my parents’ after college I brought very little stuff with me because my room was so tiny and already had furniture so it wasn’t bad, though helping me load my boxes into the van we borrowed from some nuns sent my dad to the hospital.

    My last move was awesome because I finally had money and could hire movers and they did everything for me! The only bad part was that the person who I was subletting my old room to was moving in the same day I was moving out so I stayed up all night the night before to get all of my stuff downstairs so she could move her stuff in, but then she ended up just dumping all of her boxes into the same room my stuff was in while I was waiting for the movers because she was going out of town for a couple of days and wouldn’t have time to unpack. So when the movers arrived I had to figure out whose stuff was whose and I was very annoyed so I stole a floor lamp from the house (I mean it wasn’t really stealing, the person it belonged to had moved out years ago so I really just claimed it).

  13. Erika says:

    I’ve had some moves that were horrible enough that just leaving all my crap behind was a very appealing option. But I decided to be a responsible adult and moved everything.

  14. artdorkgirl says:

    UGH…We’re moving again at the end of the summer and I am not looking forward to it.

  15. Mintie says:

    I moved a lot as a kid, and it was always really fun. Then I had to actually do it, and it was horrific.

  16. Tin V. says:

    I don’t have a lot of experience moving – we moved just once after I graduated high school. I know the first few weeks (or even months) can be a lot stressful, what with the new environment, neighborhood, people, and all. I hope you’ll get settled just fine 🙂
    Anyway, for future moving, I suggest you arrange for your utility services like internet and phone connection beforehand – you can even find a moving company that can do all the legwork for you.
    All the best on your move and transition!

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