When you’ve got lots of money, you can access services for almost anything. And we don’t mean hiring a pool boy or contracting out for lawn and garden services. No, we’re talking about services that you probably didn’t even know existed. From personal shoppers to 24/7 concierge services, here are 10 upscale services found via Reddit that make the lives of the 1% much, much easier.
1. First Run Home Theatre
Want to see the latest Hollywood blockbuster but don't want to rub shoulders with the peasants? Prima Cinema offers its customers the ultimate private cinema experience. For just $35,000 in specialized gear, you can watch brand new releases in the comfort of your own home theatre. Just install the Prima Cinema Player and a fingerprint reader, and the latest movies are delivered directly to your home via the the Internet – legally! No more sketchy downloading. Note that you have to pay for the movies too: $500 for 24-hour access and $600 if it's 3D.
2. Night Nannies
If mom is a mover and shaker – and also breastfeeding – it's the night nanny to the rescue! The night nanny will wake mom for the feeding and then take the baby away and put it back to bed. And mom will get her beauty sleep.
3. Heated Driveway
Now this one makes sense. Why shovel when you don't have to? A snowmelt system uses either electrical cables or hydronic tubing (filled with water and antifreeze) under the driveway and sidewalks to gently melt away the nasty white stuff. Sure, you may have big power bills, but you're rich! Who cares!
4. Holiday Decorator
It's the most wonderful time of year, but who wants to trim the tree and hang the mistletoe? If you've got the cash then you can avoid the horror of decorating for the holidays by hiring someone else to do it all for you. They'll also take everything down when the festivities are over. Win-win.
5. American Express Centurion Card Concierge
High-end credit cards come with all sorts of perks including concierge services. But the Amex Centurion Card (aka Black Card) takes it one step further. Just dial a special number and the person at the other end of the line will take care of everything from scoring you front row tickets to the big concert to personal shopping. Don't bother applying, the Amex Centurion Card is available by invitation only. It also costs $5,000 to sign up plus a $2,500 annual fee. But there's no spending limit.
6. Art Rescue Insurance
There's insurance and then there's insurance. Any regular Joe can insure their Monets and Picassos against fire, floods and theft. But several insurance companies take it up a notch by actually rescuing your art.
When things go bad, a team of real life monuments men will sweep in and snatch your precious collection and spirit it off to safety – leaving you to battle the zombie hordes with one less worry.
7. Private Suites
Every stadium and arena has them. High-end private suites used by the wealthy and big corporations. Stocked with food and booze, comfortable seating and unobstructed views, private suites are a first class way to watch a game or concert. And you don't have to interact with regular folk. How do you get access? If you're not loaded, you better have good connections.
8. Full-time Travel Agent
The full-time travel agent takes care of all things travel so you don't have to. They do more than just book flights and hotels. The full-time travel agent deals with Visas, foreign currency and, of course, unexpected problems.
9. Personal Shoppers
Like personal assistants, personal shoppers do all the heavy lifting for you. They'll take care of buying all those things you need but don't want to go get. Personal shoppers are also adept at finding you just the right size of the latest fashions to save you the hellish experience of trying clothes on in a fitting room. How gauche.
10. Personal Clinic
Medicare won't cover it, but if you can afford your own medical team, then why not? You can hire a team of doctors and nurses and turn your spare bedroom into your own private hospital room. This type of service has value in that it gives comfort to the terminally ill ... or the terminally wealthy, apparently.