You’ve been looking forward to your lockers for months and today is the day you finally get a call about delivery. What if you are not ready to install and your contractor is out of stock? Can you store them in the garage or with the last mile courier? There can be a lot of unanswered questions when renovating a home, so make sure you’re prepared for this exciting transition!
Final Final Mile Deposit
Last mile couriers are the last stop in your kitchen cabinet delivery. Pre-COVID, if a customer weren’t ready, the transportation company would occasionally withhold the order for a weekly storage fee based on their capacity. After 2020, here’s why this option has become less common:
- The delay in deliveries affects all sectors. It’s not just lockers that experience longer delivery times. In March, when the Suez Canal was blocked, nearly 15-20% of world trade was affected causing significant support in the freight sector. Right now, deliveries to nearly every industry in the United States are affected by a severe shortage of off-road truck drivers.
- Last mile carriers are running out of space. With delivery backlogs, there are more products than ever passing through every carrier in the last mile and they are unlikely to have room to store extra products.
- It is expensive. The few companies that are still willing to store lockers charge anywhere from $ 100-500 more per week, so it’s expensive.
These are some of the main reasons why we advise against last-mile couriers from filing your locker orders. Instead, if you need to store your cabinets, we recommend placing them in a clean, dry air-conditioned environment until you are ready to begin installation.
Carport and garage storage
Carports and garages present unique challenges. As a rule, once received, the furniture should be placed in the first dry and safe space under normal living conditions. This automatically eliminates both options because your furniture would be exposed to the elements in a carport and garage floors tend to absorb moisture from the ground causing damage. Even if you wrap your furniture in plastic to protect it, in damp conditions, condensation inevitably builds up inside the plastic and settles on your cabinets.
As you can see, these look like great options, but with the challenges associated with them, they’re not even suggested.
The recommended option for safely storing your furniture until installation is to accept it indoors. You control the humidity levels of your home and this allows your order to order acclimatize before installation.
This can be difficult because large closet boxes could make your space cramped and take up livable space. The easiest way to get the renovation done smoothly is to hire your installer long before your order is placed, so even on their waiting list, it won’t take that long.
Enhance your experience by communicating early and often. Whether you are a professional talking to your client or a client updating your installer, make sure everyone is informed about ETAs and potential reorders, minimizing surprises.
Last year it was a little crazy, and I just know that entire industries have been delayed, but they are doing their best to catch up with you. The furniture won’t quickly show up as an Amazon order, but they know it’s made to order especially for you, with care, so you can enjoy it for years to come.