15 Things that can go wrong while moving places

Moving homes... tons of opportunities for hell to break loose.
Moving homes... tons of opportunities for hell to break loose. | Source

The nightmare begins

Moving places is always an overwhelming thing to do. You have to think about tons of things and organise, and I haven’t even spoken about the fact yet, that you have to pack your whole life away into boxes and then unpack it and find a new place for everything in your new home... I only had to do this twice in my life so far, but at the second time we had at least three times the stuff than we had the first time, and now – if we would have to move again – we have the double of that amount already. So yes, ‘overwhelming’ might be an understatement.

Additionally, there are tons of problems that might happen during your moving – and believe me, almost all of them will indeed happen. In Hungary, we often mention Murphy’s Law in situations like this, according to which: ‘Anything that can go wrong will go wrong’. Sad, but true.

So, as a precaution, after a thorough research of horror stories all over the internet, I’ve tried to collect basically everything that might go wrong during moving places.

Get a notepad and a pen, here we go.

You might think THIS amount will be enough... well, think again.
You might think THIS amount will be enough... well, think again. | Source

Brace yourselves

1. You will never ever have enough boxes. You thought like 50 boxes and bags – different sizes, thickness and carrier strength – will do for this moving. Obviously, it will turn out at the worst time that this amount is still not enough.

2. You find all the stuff that you were looking for in the past few years. Now you don’t need any of them, but you promise yourself you will put all in one place in your new home, and will remember that place, in case you need them next time. Needless to say, 1 week after moving you will already forget where to look for them... but at least, they are in one place.

3. Everything that you need for an uninterrupted and fast packing plays hide ’n seek with you. The scissors, the tape, the label maker, the marker and all the tools will get lost, at least a few times during packing.

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4. The best is if you turn on the TV and switch it to your most-most-most favourite channel the minute you start packing. Why? Because judging from my own experiences, you will barely have a clue where did the damn remote go on the first day you started packing. And even if you are lucky to find it sometime (when you don’t actually want to use it, of course), I‘m certain it will disappear again once you need it.

5. Are you looking for something? Of course you are. Well, then be prepared: it is packed in one of the already carefully taped boxes. And it’s obviously not around the top of it, either. So either unpack or try to live without.

6. If there’s a bottle of any liquid in any of the boxes that you forgot to wrap into a shopping bag before packing it, be prepared, it will surely spill out. Not just a bit. The contents of that box will swim in your forgetfulness.

Moving household appliances... at least it is not raining yet.
Moving household appliances... at least it is not raining yet. | Source

7. Additionally, did you pack all your white clothes into one big bag? Look out, as that will be the only bag that rips and all your favourite dresses will fall out and start rolling about in the most disgusting puddle around.

8. If you have a label maker, use it literally everywhere. Also, never use similar bags for your favourite miscellaneous items and another for the trash. Or if you do, use the above mentioned label maker – otherwise you will spend your last minutes realising you have switched the bags by mistake and run to look for the ‘other one’ around the community bins.

9. Wrap carefully everything that might break. One thing (usually the oldest stuff) will break anyway, no matter what, but at least you won’t have to clean up the mess, as the package will still keep most of the pieces together. Just throw it in the bin.

Try not to pack him... your delicates wouldn't be happy.
Try not to pack him... your delicates wouldn't be happy. | Source

10. The bigger and heavier a household appliance is, the more likely it will stop working the first day in your new home. So save some money for this as well.

11. Did most of your friends and family members promise they will help you pack? Forget it. Something will happen to all of them. Urgent matters, sickness, sudden problems. Even if some of them do show up, they will speak to you for 2 hours straight, and will just slow you down.

12. Either on the day before, or on the exact day of moving out, you will lose your keys. I remember my whole family searching for the keys on the morning the movers came... Luckily, my dad found them after everything was in the van already. So you better keep them in your shoe that’s on you.

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13. The more and bigger stuff you have, the more likely it will rain all day on the day you move. So start worrying about getting that white couch into the van.

14. The movers will most likely be a bit (sometimes even a few hours) late. Even if they are, you still won’t have enough time to calmly finish packing everything.

15. Even after careful measuring and organising, you will find out that your new home did considerably shrink in size by the time you managed to get everything in. You thought it will be bigger than the previous one? Yeah, it never will be in the end.

I'm not sure whether this is a good idea...
I'm not sure whether this is a good idea... | Source

What about you?

Did you have to face any of these issues already while moving?

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The lesson

Always hope for the best, but expect the worst.

Basically, this is the lesson. Two years ago I thought none of these things on the list will happen to me – ever. And then I had to realise all of these are ‘collateral damages’ during moving places, and you can barely do anything to prevent them. You can try, but there is no such thing as a perfect moving. Just accept it and you will find yourself laughing and having a great and relatively calm moving in the end, even if sh!t does happen :).

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raquelle148 10 months ago

Not all those things happen in all moving cases. I think the most common is forgetting where you place your new house key.


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Moving can be stressful and getting things in order can be most frustrating.


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zsobig 2 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thanks for your comment, Writer Fox, I appreciate it a lot!


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Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

I'm sorry you have to go through moving again – it can be so disorienting! But, a long-distance move is even worse! I hope your move went well.


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zsobig 2 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Dear Victoria,

Thank you for your comment! :)

Luckily, as I have mentioned in the article already, I've only had to move twice, but I already hate it :D. Finding old stuff you were looking for is good, but I find it very overwhelming to just pack everything and move. I am very emotional, so I often find myself still thinking about our old home, although I love our present one as well... I guess this feeling will never change, I will only have more places to 'fantasize' over the years.

So believe me, I envy your strength, and I will surely try to think about you in the next few weeks, so hopefully your moving will be easy and fast and nothing will go wrong :).

Best of luck!


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hellovictoria 2 years ago from Atlanta

Thank you for the great article! I am moving in the next few weeks and found the article very entertaining and informative! My dad was in the military so we were used to moving around a lot all through high school. We've experienced most of these - and a couple of times we even had movers that, while my mom and dad were packing, stole things that weren't packed up yet while my parents weren't looking!! After that fiasco my parents just decided that they were going to pack their own stuff next time. They've just moved to Michigan from South Carolina and they packed everything in Pods storage containers. They just were able to buy a house so nothing's been unpacked yet but surely that will be interesting when they do :)

Luckily I don't have a lot of stuff, as I'm moving from one small apartment to another so I don't need movers. I'm still expecting everything to go wrong, but hopefully not experience as many of these issues (knock on wood!).

Again, thanks for the informative and interesting article - you did a great job outlining everything that can happen and I think a lot of people will find use in it when they are moving!

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