Peter Petroso, left, owner of Connecticut's Finest Movers, and an employee move a couch from a home on New Haven Avenue in Milford recently. Photo: Brian A. Pounds / Connecticut Post
Some people see trying to rope pals into helping them move as a pain, but Peter Pertoso saw it as a business opportunity.
In 2006, Pertoso, now 28, opened Connecticut's Finest Movers LLC.
"We provide moving labor for do-it-yourselfers," he said. The company has about 10 employees.
The Milford man has been in the moving business for a decade now, having worked for other moving companies before starting Connecticut's Finest. One of those stints included working as a contractor for one of the major moving truck rental companies.
Customers can contact Connecticut's Finest to schedule a crew to pack the moving truck. The company doesn't rent trucks or pack customers' belongings into boxes, but will pack the truck professionally. If the client's move is in state, Connecticut's Finest also can unpack it at the new residence.
"Right now, a lot of people are moving out of state," Pertoso said. "Everybody is trying to find a cheaper place to live."
A few years ago, he said, he was doing more unloading as people moved into Connecticut.
"I think it's a very good idea," said Ward Thrasher, assistant dean of the University of Bridgeport School of Business. "Even if you have very caring and dedicated friends, it's often difficult to get them to participate."
Thrasher said businesses such as these have little overhead beyond labor because they don't own trucks.
While it could be lucrative, Thrasher, a veteran of the furniture business said it's not for everyone.
"When I was young and living in East Boston, I delivered furniture," Thrasher said. "It's difficult work."
"It's hard work, but it's honest work," he said. "You meet new people. You get to be outside part of the time. I'm a physical guy, I like to be outside part of the time."
He also said loading the boxes and furniture is similar to figuring out a puzzle. He said the trick to not breaking items is to pack everything tight, so it doesn't slide around during transport.
If the person is moving out of state, Pertoso said he can help them find a company that provides similar services at the destination.
Although they specialize in moving labor, the company also will drive the truck for people moving in state, Pertoso said.
They also will help people move furniture around their home or office.
The company website says they charge $65 an hour for two men, with a $45 travel fee.
"We're worth every penny," he said.
For more, visit www.connecticutsfinest.com
, or call 203-623-4183.