I just heard from one of my clients. I sold their home here in New Fairfield, Connecticut, and they relocated to Walnut Creek, California - my old stomping grounds, as I lived there for many years.
It was a fun transaction - we sold their home in this so-called "down market" in a matter of days, and with multiple offers. But the best part was hearing of their home search back in Walnut Creek. We talked about the different neighborhoods they were looking in, and of the shopping. Walnut Creek is famous for its shopping. It was a chance for me to reminisce a little.
Well, their home here in Connecticut closed the other day and they have flown out and are now living in a rental in California until they find their new dream home. Of course, they had trouble with their movers.
I say, "Of course, they had trouble with their movers" because, unfortunately, I hear this a lot.
Other clients had the movers arrive at their new home in Tennessee at midnight to unload their belongings. Midnight? I wouldn't be happy! Their furniture also suffered some damages.
With one of my own moves, the movers were about a week late to arrive at our new location, so we had to buy air mattresses and lots of paper goods. We made the most of it and considered ourselves to be "camping" in our beautiful new home.
When our belongings finally arrived, about 1/3 of our furniture was ruined. Some broken...some crushed...some just with minor damages. Most of our artwork now have scratches on their frames. We did pay for the additional insurance from the movers, and that did cover some of the costs, but not all. They refused to repair or replace our sofa. They refused repairs on a few other items, too. I think they only paid $20 per scratched frame for all of our artwork.
But you know what? It could have been worse. We were all safe and healthy and happily getting accustomed to our new home. The furniture can be replaced. And the scratches on our art now provide funny memories and a good story.
Selling your home is stressful. Moving is stressful. Dealing with the movers is stressful.
Just remember to breathe and keep in mind that after the stress passes, you will have some good stories to share...
Don Fabrizio-Garcia, REALTOR
Connecticut Real Estate & Appraisals
CT Home Group
Keller Williams CT Realty
Connecticut Real Estate and Homes for Sale