One important factor that homeowners don’t always consider when hiring a moving company is the fact that these companies also work in the residential delivery business. If you think about it, it makes a lot of sense: the moving company already has the vehicles, equipment, staff, and knowledge required to move furniture or appliances from one place to another safely and efficiently. Except in this case, they are moving it from the store to your place instead of from one home to another. And because people tend to acquire more stuff rather than get rid of when they move, it only makes sense for one company to offer both moving and delivery services.
So when would you consider hiring a moving company to deliver your new furniture or appliances? Let’s take a look at some pros and cons in today’s post.
In-Store Delivery vs. Professional Moving and Delivery Service
Furniture or appliance stores profit from selling you the pieces, and delivery is often far from their main priority. Most stores usually have a backlog in their shipping departments and require you to be there at their convenience, meaning you have to sacrifice your personal or work time. Having a store deliver your items can also cost as much if not more than the piece itself. Shipping costs are rarely mentioned until you agree to, or have already paid for that expensive 3-piece leather set. That’s if the store even offers a delivery option. Small or boutique stores may not even have a delivery service, or require you to pick up your stuff at a warehouse on the other side of town.
The whole point of hiring a professional delivery service is that everything is done at your convenience. The company will do the leg work of going to pick up the item, bring the appropriate equipment require to handle it, load and store it if necessary, and deliver your piece of furniture or appliance at a time when it is convenient for you. A big plus of residential delivery companies is that they often work after-hours and on weekends to make the delivery as convenient for you as possible. Professional delivery services do pick-ups from all major stores like Ikea, Canadian Tire, The Bay, Home Depot, Rona, etc.
Another reason you may want hire a professional company to do your delivery is because of their knowledge and extra care in handling specialty items. Even leather furniture and chrome appliances require extra care in transit and unpacking. A professional will ensure and be liable to protect your stuff during the whole time it is in their possession between the store and your home.
An added benefit of choosing a moving company that also does residential deliveries is that these companies offer assembly service to make sure all your new pieces are ready and fit harmoniously with the rest of your new place. This is especially useful for homeowners buying additional furniture when moving into a bigger house: the delivery and assembly can save a lot of time transitioning and ensure your new house is ready to live in from the moment you walk through the door. The moving company will also clean up and dispose of all the wrapping, boxes, and garbage.
How Much Does A Residential Delivery Service Cost?
Of course, whether you are hiring a company just for the delivery, or you are looking for a delivery and moving service together, there are some costs to consider associated with these services. Fortunately for homeowners, most companies offer flexibility when it comes to choosing and paying for services that are right just for you.
Consider these numbers if you are thinking of hiring a professional delivery service.
Delivery rates are often calculated based on the size and weight of the items, and the time required for the delivery.
Delivering appliances like a stove, or a fridge can cost between $99 and $199.
Furniture delivery can range between 79$ and $179 .
Delivery for speciality items like pianos can range between $379 and $539. Be sure to discuss as much detail as you know with the moving company before the pick-up so they know exactly what to prepare for with the delivery.
As you can see, there are plenty of options when it comes to your move or furniture delivery. There are a lot of companies out there and finding the right one can help alleviate a lot of stress associated with an upcoming move, save you some time, and hopefully not break the bank. Choosing a moving company that will also deliver your new furniture and appliances may be well worth it in comparison to the store’s delivery or trying to get the new items home yourself.