It is a disaster of unimaginable proportions and something you hope would never happen to you.
Moving is stressful enough. You have to pack up everything you own, put it in boxes, roll breakables in bubble wrap, change your address, cancel utilities, and clean your entire place. You know the drill.
Well, now you also have to worry about this: Getting everything you own stolen.
That is what happened to one family in Douglas County, Georgia, but it's a warning for everyone. It started when they hired movers they saw on Craigslist.
The team consisted of two men and a U-Haul. The family had planned to follow the movers to their new home, but once they got to the freeway, the truck took off with all of their belongings inside.
Hours later, after arriving at their new house, there was still no sign of the movers. The family called the police. Here's the real kicker. Once police started investigating, they found the U-Haul abandoned and empty. These thieves managed to steal an entire family's belongings in a stolen truck.
Two days after the theft, a box was found on the side of the road that belonged to the family. It had very important documents inside, but the iPads and phones packed in that same box were gone. Nevertheless, the family was relieved to have that particular box back in their possession.
The estimated amount in losses is about $75,000. Police are still looking into the theft.
The lesson to be learned here? Sometimes it's worth the extra money to hire professionals or rent a U-Haul, gather some friends and move everything yourselves. You can make it worth their while and reward them with pizza or something afterwards.