It’s said that “a little knowledge is a dangerous thing”, and unfortunately, the web can sometimes seem like a vast wasteland of well-intentioned, but categorically awful advice on anything from how to run a business, how to change the oil in your car, and indeed: how to get furniture delivered on-time and on-budget.
Today, in a departure from the “Best Ways To…” articles that we often feature here on the Precision blog, we thought it would be both fun and educational to look at this topic from the other direction. And so, allow us to unveil the WORST ways to get furniture delivered on-time and on-budget.
Any of these disasters-in-waiting will surely add hundreds if not thousands of dollars to your costs, make your schedule not worth the paper its printed on, and fill you with so much stress and anxiety that you’ll need a vacation when it’s mercifully all over:
- Head to Craigslist
There are plenty of valid reasons to visit Craigslist and other similar classified ads websites – but expecting to find individuals or companies that can help with your office relocation is NOT one of them. Credible, professional-grade business movers and furniture installers don’t advertise on Craigslist.
- Use an App
We’re not going to name them here, but there’s a growing flurry of apps based in various cities that promise to help businesses move their furniture on-time and on-budget. Unfortunately, horror stories abound – because these movers aren’t professionals. They may be OK for a relatively simple residential move, but a business move is a much more complex undertaking; one that they don’t have the resources, experience or frankly the margins to support. As the old saying goes, you get what you pay for. And really, ask yourself: do you want to work with a legitimate moving company, or just someone with a van/truck who signed up with an app?
- Ask Friends for a Favor
Two things will happen if you ask friends to help with your business move. The first is that they probably won’t be friends after the experience, because they’ll find the work much more complex and confusing than they had expected. Uninstalling and re-installing many items of office furniture requires expertise with both power and hand tools. The second is that your furniture won’t be delivered on-time, and the money you thought you’d save will go to paying professionals to come in for a rescue (trust us – we get calls all the time!).
- Go the DIY Route
Frankly, the only people who’ll be happy if you take the DIY route are personal injury and employment lawyers, since those are the people that your physically and/or emotionally wounded employees will call when it’s all said and done. Renting a truck or two and setting aside a weekend may seem like a straightforward, smart idea – but it always ends badly. Again, trust us on this!
The BEST Way?
Now that you know some of the WORST ways to get your furniture delivered on-time and on-budget, what’s the BEST way? Well, if you ask our satisfied customers – and with over 30 years in the industry, we have plenty of them – they’ll tell you that we’re the simplest, smartest and most stress-free option. We’ll work with you to build a customized moving plan, and then our team of experienced, certified movers and installers will do the rest!