Black Friday Furniture – How to Move it Safely
The day after Thanksgiving, better known as Black Friday, is one of America’s most enduring and geographically pervasive traditions. If you’re like many Americans, and you plan to take advantage of the retail holiday for Christmas gifts or online deals, you probably don’t need advice from your local movers.
If, however, you’re thinking of making a bigger purchase (like buying a couch or a new dresser), it might be a good idea to consider how you’ll get it home.
Some furniture stores offer a free delivery service with a purchase. But these are often the higher-end and more expensive places to buy a couch. If you’re looking at a second-hand store or an antique shop, you’ll need a plan to transport your new piece safely.
Option One: Enlist your Relatives!
If you have a large pick-up truck and some younger family members with healthy backs to help out, you’re good to go. But if those luxuries aren’t at your disposal, you’ll need to consider the costs of getting your new piece home in addition to its sale price.
Option Two: Renting a Truck
At first glance, renting your own truck for $30-40 for the day (plus mileage) might seem like the best bet. But moving a couch or a dresser is not a one-person operation. You’ll need still need to organize some help. And, in a worst-case scenario, what if you bring your new item home and it just won’t fit through the door? Are you and your nephew prepared to hoist the couch through a second-story window?
Option Three: Hire Movers
It’s the most expensive option, but if you’re already getting a deal on the piece, shelling out a little extra to reduce the stress of finagling it from show-room to living room is worth it. You can use Angie’s List or Yelp to find a local handy-man with a truck who can move the piece for a flat fee, or you can reach out to a residential moving company (like us, for example) and see what their schedule looks like.
It might cost a little bit more, but it’s the best way to ensure your new furniture gets into your home in the same condition that you bought it.
Already got your Black Friday furniture picked out? Get a moving quote today!
Featured photo by Marjory Collins, photographer for Farm Security Administration. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons