As business owners and executives know, there are some professional services that are, let’s face it, somewhat on the superficial side. That’s not to say that they’re wholly unnecessary. But rather, they’re more of an option than a requirement, and plenty of businesses who pay for such services could avoid the expense by doing it themselves.
However, there’s one professional service that is categorically not a DIY project: office furniture installation. Below, we highlight the 4 key reasons why.
You Won’t Save Money
It goes without saying that the purpose of doing anything DIY is to save money. However, this goal is almost never achieved by making office furniture installation a DIY project. Businesses that go this route and crunch the numbers – including the labor costs and schedule overruns – invariably discover that they would have saved money, reduced stress, and eliminated risk by hiring professionals.
You Won’t Save Time
Some businesses believe that DIY furniture installation will save time: (i.e. “we can just get together on the weekend and take care of it in a few hours”). Yet again, this is not the case! Office furniture installation is far more complicated than residential furniture. What would take a professional 30 minutes to install can take an amateur half a day – if it can be successfully installed at all.
You’ll Damage Your Valuable Furniture
Office furniture doesn’t come with an Allen Key and an IKEA-like diagram. Businesses that DIY often damage their furniture, because they don’t have the right mix of power and hand tools, and because they don’t know how to install each item appropriately based on its unique design specifications. The costs of repairing furniture, or getting out scuff and scratch marks easily offsets the cost of hiring professionals to do it right the first time.
You’ll Put Your Employees & Reputation at Risk
Picture this: you’ve gone the DIY furniture installation route and everything looks fine – and perhaps you reflect on this article and go “ah, I guess our business was the exception to the rule!”
Fast forward a few days, weeks or months, and you get a frenetic call from a manager who tells you that a workstation has collapsed – and an employee has been injured. An investigation reveals that the furniture was improperly assembled, and was basically a time bomb waiting to go off. Your business is on the hook for medical costs, temporary employee costs, fines, and maybe a lawsuit as well. These make the expense of hiring professional installers seem like pocket change by comparison.
This may seem exaggerated and far-fetched, but after 30 years in this industry, trust us: it happens ALL the time. And if you don’t believe us, ask a personal injury lawyer or an emergency room doctor. They’ll tell you that injuries caused by improperly installed office furniture are common – and costly!
At Precision, our professional, certified, experienced, licensed and bonded furniture installation team takes the worry and risk of excessive (and scary) costs out of the equation. In this sense, partnering with us isn’t a cost at all: it’s a smart, strategic investment to protect your assets, your people, your reputation, and indeed your budget.
To learn more, contact us today and schedule your free consultation.