Don’t throw that new desk out the window yet. Yes, the instructions are alien, and yes, it appears half the parts are missing…but we promise, there’s hope. Furniture assembly pros construct your dream desk and save your time, sanity, and soul. Auburn Castleberry of Chicago, Illinois and Ashwani Thapar serving the San Jose Bay Area in California give you the inside scoop on hiring a furniture assembly pro.
What is the most common call for furniture help?
Beds are the big thing for Auburn. He gets a lot of calls for queen size bed frames. Wood bed frames being especially popular.
Anything Ikea is Ashwini’s specialty. Ikea wardrobe systems, like walk-in closets or reach-in closets are his most common request.
What are other items people need help with?
Pretty much everything, says Auburn. Dressers, all household furniture, TV mounting, Ikea furniture. Outdoor gazebos take the longest and require the most setup, he explains.
Commercial and home office setups are another common call for Ashwani. Conference room table assembly, chairs, office desks, and installation of tempered glass white boards are some of the components. He also installs Ikea’s kitchen cabinets. He says the most time-consuming are the walk-in closet wardrobe systems with the array of shelving, drawers, racks, and frames.
Can furniture assembly pros move furniture around inside the house?
Yes, but it’s all part of the hourly rate. Some pros will and some won’t, so be sure to specify in your request if you need the old desk moved down to the garage. Keep in mind, they charge by the hour, so it will cost to have them move it. Ashwani suggests having the delivery company carry the boxes to the room you want the furniture assembled in. That reduces your cost and saves your back from having to haul it up stairs by yourself. Auburn says in addition to moving furniture, he’s been called on to give his design opinion. Clients say, “Do you think I’m missing something here,” or “Is the couch better over here or over there?”
It will save your marriage, laughs Auburn. That aside, it takes the guesswork out of it, he says. You know you’ll have it assembled properly and safely, says Ashwani.
Anything to look for when hiring a pro?
Read reviews, say both the assembly pros. The reviews are maybe 60% of my resume, says Auburn. They do all the talking for me, especially if it’s been a pleasant experience for my clients. There’s no certification for furniture assembly, but do make sure they have insurance. Ashwani agrees that reviews really reflect the customer experience and show the level of professionalism.
What are rates like in your region?
In Chicago, it’s either an hourly rate of $75 or an agreed upon bulk fee for my services, explains Auburn. Most clients are residential, although I occasionally do commercial jobs.
Typically I charge $70-90 for the first hour, says Ashwani, and then $9-11 dollars per 15 minutes increments thereafter. I may be higher than some in the Bay Area, says Ashwani, but I deliver quality work.
How can someone get the most accurate estimate?
Ashwani recommends writing the product numbers from the Ikea delivery receipt into your Thumbtack request. He then uses those product numbers to determine what piece of furniture you have, and is able to give a precise time and cost estimate because he knows exactly what he’s walking into.
Unless you give precise details of the job to be done, the estimate is only an estimate, he says, and the job may require more hours once the full scope is revealed. Ashwani encourages clients to always be kind and respectful to their furniture assemblers because they in turn just want to do a good, honest job and be respectful of clients.
It all depends on the daily schedule. You might be able to book day of, but plan ahead up to a week so you can get the pro you want, shares Auburn
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