The movers are not professional. They were chatting on the cell phone, when I'm paying them by the hour. Then I had to deal with them switching men due to the long long long time that it was taking them to move me. Add then the fact that they had to restack the truck. OMG!
How to get your new purchase across town.
Mon Oct 17 2011
Band with a Van
Many enterprising performers busk or bartend to earn extra dough, but these musicians had another idea: In 2007, they decided to launch a side business and use their tour van to haul other people's gear, too. The guys charge in half-hour increments, so the service is perfect for last-minute flea-market or Craigslist finds. You can book one man for $35 per half hour or two men for $60 per half hour (including the van), and they'll even deduct 10 percent if you reserve a week in advance. (917-514-9357, bandwithavan.com)
Sven Wechsler relocated to New York from Colorado to pursue his dreams of becoming a comedian, but after six months of waiting tables, he set up this schlepping service. The crew will tote your belongings anywhere within the five boroughs, and while there is a two-hour minimum per job, the team provides blankets, cellophane and dollies to speed the process along. During the beginning or end of the month, you'll pay a flat rate based on a quote, while midmonth rates are hourly ($50/hour for one man, $75/hour for two men). (718-487-9806, svenmoving.com)
Rob the Mover
You may not need a master's degree and six years of experience to move, but former teacher Rob Martin happens to have both. The jovial, bearded gentleman will move anything except a piano anywhere in the NYC area, and he'll create a customized quote depending on your needs. If you're toting only a couple pieces or fewer, Martin will work out a reasonable flat rate. (646-783-9362, robthemover.com)
If your furniture requires assembly, disassembly or anything remotely complex, allow one of the tool-toting men at this six-year-old company to save you from an afternoon of hair-pulling. The operation offers insurance coverage and standard packing equipment, in addition to handyman services (available upon request). The company charges a regular rate of $75 for one man and $100 for two (both including the van), with a one-and-a-half-hour minimum. At the month's end, the fee is slightly higher: $130 for two men and a van. (212-242-1500, nycityvan.com)