Over the weekend, I moved down the street to a new apartment in SOMA near the Ballpark.
While the apartment discovery process is still difficult (and really controlled by Craigslist), I found the actually moving process relatively easy – enabled by a group of new Bay Area startups disrupting the moving process.
Moving boxes suck. They’re expensive, unreliable, and disposal is a really difficult process.
ZippGo solves that problem by renting reusable moving boxes made from 100% recycled plastic. Better yet, they deliver and pick-up the boxes directly from the space – meaning I don’t have to worry about tearing the boxes down and finding a place to trash or recycle them.
Not really a startup anymore, but the ability to conveniently rent a clean and working van by the hour is a killer service. (If you’ve ever rented a uHaul van – this will totally make sense to you)
Over the past year, I’ve grown to love Exec more and more. The ability to rent labor by the hour – with having clear transparency in prices up front – is amazing. Made the move much faster and way easier – thanks Shaun and Jason!
The next step in the process – finding furniture – still feels like an open opportunity. Specifically, while Ikea has really hit it for basic items, trying to move up to the next level of quality is still a more challenging process.
Any recommendations for companies working in this space?
As a quick post-script, I have no Internet in my apartment for the next week – but my makeshift home entertainment center has been working surprisingly well over 3G.