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We thought we were being all fancy when we paid movers to pack up our stuff during our last move, instead of doing it ourselves--a worthwhile $500 investment. Turns out, you could spend a whole lot more to save time and hassle when decamping for a new place, as detailed in the New York Times this weekend.
If you've got a little (or a lot of) extra cash to devote to your move, here are a few ways to spend it:
- Under $1,000: For an additional $500 per move, the luxury division of FlatRate Moving, called FlatRate Elite, offers a liaison who will call the cable and gas companies and inform them of your new address. An extra $150 a move will get you “low-noise” packing tape to save your ears. And you can book à la carte services like a carpenter to build custom crates (starting at $120 a piece) or a car service to drive you to your new home (minimum $200).
- Under $10,000: If you'd rather not get involved in the moving process at all, NouvelleView will act as your proxy, for $180 an hour, managing everything from digitally itemizing and cataloging your stuff to creating a budget and interviewing moving companies. Note: they don't actually move anything. An average job runs $6,000 to $9,000.
- Under $100,000: If you've got fine art to move, you're not going to throw it in the back of a truck. Enter Gander & White, which will transport your Picassos for anywhere between $15,000 and $100,000. Eye-popping price tag, sure, but most moves take a minimum of five to 10 days, a company rep tells the Times.