James F. Mills
Moving is a pain in the ass, but now there’s a company that will take all the stress out of the dreaded chore of moving. Provincetown Packing Company is a moving coordination service that does all the tedious work.
“We take care of everything you want done,” says owner Rade Radakovich. “We specialize in making the impossible happen.”
When Radakovich says everything, he means it. Literally. His crew will inventory your belongings, donate the things you don’t want, find consignment companies for the things you want to sell, pack the things you want to keep, then unpack and arrange it all in the new place. They even haul away the packing materials and vacuum the new place before you get there. And if you want champagne in the refrigerator when you arrive, they’ll do that too.
“We always treat every move like it was our parents,” says Radakovich, a 29-year-old San Luis Obispo native who moved to L.A. in 2008. “We make sure it’s done to a T.”
The one thing Provincetown doesn’t do is physically move your belongings. They do all the packing and unpacking, but a moving company transports it. As part of the service, they take care of finding the right movers.
With a hard to forget tagline—”Weho Gays. Who Pack. Your Shit.”—Provincetown is gay-owned and gay-staffed. His employees are young, collegiate types who come dressed in matching outfits—pink polos, seersucker shorts, ribbon belts and Speary topsiders.
Just 5 months old, Provincetown Packing is catching on with hard-working people who need/want to move but are too busy to do it themselves. They handle moves anywhere within a two-hour radius of L.A.
Provincetown is Radakovich’s second packing company. Two years ago, he started Greystone Relocation Concierge, which offers full concierge service for high-end moves. While Greystone has been incredibly successful with wealthier clients, he realized there was a market for people who were a bit more budget-conscious but still wanted fastidious service. Thus, Provincetown Packing was born.
The cost of coordinating every aspect of your move isn’t outrageous. “It’s about a month’s rent, give or take a little, depending on what you need done,” says Radakovich. “It averages to about $2.50 per square foot.” They prefer three to seven days lead time before doing a job, but can do it with 24-hours’ notice if needed.
“We will always find a way to make it happen,” he says. “We’re very bad at ‘No’ and very good at ‘Yes.’”