SOME THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP KEEP DOWN THE COST OF INSTALLATION OR ASSEMBLY
Though on the phone or via text or email you have probably already discussed price (whether an hourly rate or a flat rate) for installation or assembly of items in your home or office, it pays to be aware of ways you can help make sure that the job is performed at the minimum price. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
1. Price stays down when: you have prepared the area in which your worker will do the installation or assembly.
Price may go up when: the worker has to move furniture or other items out of the way, or wait for you to do it, before he can begin work.
2. Price stays down when: before the worker arrives, you have the box or boxes in the same room in which the item is to be assembled.
Price may go up when: the worker has to carry the unassembled item from one room (or the garage, or the trunk of your car) to the correct room, especially if there are multiple boxes, heavy or bulky boxes, or stairs.
3. Price stays down when: the work area is large enough and clean enough.
Price may go up when: the space is too small or cramped to safely or comfortably work. Therefore:
a) On assembly of furniture or other items, find the LARGEST measurement of the item (whether it’s the front, top, or side), add room for the worker to walk, stoop, or kneel near the item during assembly, and you will arrive at the total floor space needed. Remember that many items take up a large amount of floor space because they must be assembled facedown and then stood up later.
b) On installation or hanging of flat-screen TVs, paintings, mirrors, etc., the item may have to be leaned against a wall in order to prepare the item for hanging. Usually extra floor area is not needed, but the clearer and cleaner the surrounding space, the safer and faster the work.
Here are a few other things that may be helpful to know:
Proper assembly or installation is only possible when all the parts and instructions are there, and the parts are not damaged. While you are not expected to inventory and examine all the parts before the worker arrives (although you certainly can!), it is the first thing your worker will do. That way, if something is damaged or missing, he learns it right away and can inform you right away.
For wall-mounting of flat-screen TVs, the price of installation includes only the safe mounting of the brackets and the hanging of the TV onto the brackets. As there are several hundred models of flat-screen TV, as well as many ways to receive signal (cable company, computer, dish, etc.), your worker will most likely not know how to assist or troubleshoot matters relating to the cabling/wiring or operation of your TV.
As it is usually affordable for you to pay only one worker, you or someone at your house may be needed for the final step of some assemblies and installations. This may have already been discussed with you on the phone, but typical occurrences of this are:
1) Hanging the flat-screen TV onto the brackets after your worker has mounted the brackets on the wall.
2) Hanging a large or heavy mirror, painting, or similar object on the wall after your worker has attached the hangers to the wall.
3) Lifting a diningroom tabletop onto the legs after your worker has prepared the legs.
4) Standing up a large piece of furniture after your worker has assembled it facedown on the floor.
Regarding furniture assembly: There are now thousands of unassembled items on the market. While your worker has a distinct knack for assembly in general, and can therefore solve most dilemmas that may arise, each item is different so he must read and follow the instructions in order to do the work safely and properly.
I hope this has helped you prepare for a safe, smooth, affordable installation or assembly of your important item. Contact your assembly or installation contractor with any questions.