How Much Does Furniture Delivery Cost in Ottawa?
October 23, 2020
So much excitement and anticipation can go into the process of furniture shopping. First, you must decide on what pieces of furniture you need, what style of home decor you are going for, and finally, decide on your budget. How much are you willing to spend?
It is no secret that furniture can be a significant investment, but when budgeting for furniture shopping, we often forget about the costs associated with the final step: delivery!
Although it is often an afterthought, delivery is an essential part of the furniture shopping process. Who wants to carry an enormous sofa up a set of stairs, right?
That is why it is important to factor the cost of delivery into your furniture budget.
So you may now be wondering, how much does furniture delivery cost in the Ottawa area?
This article will give you a better idea of the different types of furniture delivery services, the average costs of delivery service, and factors that impact the cost of delivery. This article will even cover etiquette when it comes to tipping a furniture delivery person.
While we are discussing furniture delivery costs in Ottawa, the tips in this article are still relevant if you live outside of the Ottawa area.
Factors that Affect the Cost of Furniture Delivery
Depending on a variety of factors, the cost of furniture delivery can drastically differ. This difference in cost is based on a variety of factors:
- Deals offered by the retailer
- Location of delivery
- The area in the home
- Product specifications
- Type of furniture delivery offered
Deals Offered by the Retailer
Depending on the furniture retailer you are shopping with, they may offer specific deals related to the cost of delivery.
For example, many furniture retailers offer free delivery service after spending a certain amount.
The location of delivery can also play a role in determining the final delivery cost.
If the product being delivered is in stock, the delivery cost takes into account the distance between the local distribution center and the final destination. In fact, many local distributors offer a flat fee for delivery within a specific radius of their location. The price often increases as the final destination gets further outside of that set radius.
Further, if the furniture order is not in stock, say a piece of custom furniture, the delivery cost can increase, reflecting the distance traveled by the distribution freight.
The Area in the Home
Additionally, if the delivery service includes the placement of the furniture in your home, the final delivery cost can differ based on where it is placed.
For example, if the delivery men have to navigate several obstacles in your home or transport the furniture up several sets of stairs, this may increase the final price of delivery.
Another factor determining the cost of delivery is product specifications.
Depending on the price, size, shape, or weight of a piece of furniture, the final cost of delivery may differ.
Further, if a specific piece of furniture, or multiple pieces of furniture, require extra labour and time, the delivery cost may increase.
Type of Delivery Service Offered
Finally, the cost of delivery is most commonly determined by the type of delivery service offered by the retailer.
The type of delivery service determines how much labour, time, and effort is required by the delivery men, ultimately determining the final cost of the service.
Types of Furniture Delivery Services
Depending on which retailer you shop with, there are a few different types of furniture delivery services offered.
As previously mentioned, the type of delivery service offered can significantly impact the cost depending on how extensive the service is.
The most basic form of delivery service is the doorstep delivery service. This service includes the transportation of the furniture from the local distributor to the final destination, being your doorstep.
In this case, the delivery men will not bring the furniture inside, unwrap the furniture, or install the furniture. Once the furniture arrives at your door, the rest of the moving and set-up process is left in your hands.
As you may assume, this is the least expensive form of delivery service. This delivery service fee is typically based solely on the distance traveled between the distribution center to the final destination.
Ikea is an example of a furniture retailer that provides doorstep delivery service. Ikea’s delivery fee starts at a fee can be as low as $7.99 and is subject to increase depending on the item being delivered and the distance.
Standard delivery service takes doorstep delivery a couple of steps further. Standard delivery includes the delivery of the furniture as well as the placement of the furniture in your home.
Once the furniture is placed in your home, the delivery service is complete. The delivery man is not responsible for any inspection of the furniture, unpacking, or assembling of the furniture. Further, old items will not be disposed of by the delivery men.
Prior to the standard delivery service, it is often requested that you clear any potential obstacles beforehand. With standard delivery service, it is also important to note that in some cases the delivery men will only climb a maximum of two staircases.
This form of delivery service is typically offered at a flat fee within a certain radius of the local distributor. On average, most furniture retailers offer standard delivery for a fee of $60 – $70.
Structube is an example of a furniture retailer that offers a standard delivery service. This furniture retailer charges $80 for standard delivery within their set radius.
White-Glove / Full Service Delivery
Finally, white glove delivery service is the most extensive form of delivery service. This form of delivery service is a top-of-the-line delivery experience.
The delivery crew transports the furniture into your home, unpacks the furniture, inspects the product, assembles the unit, and will place the furniture where you’d like it in the room. Further, the delivery team will dispose of any waste and remove old furniture at no additional cost.
This all-encompassing form of delivery is often offered by more high-end furniture retailers. Given the quality and expense of this furniture, white glove delivery service is essential as it protects the value of your purchase and ensures that it safely makes its way into your home.
Retailers often offer white glove delivery service at an average of $99 to $150.
Furniture Delivery in Ottawa
As you can see, several factors go into determining the final cost of the delivery service. Ultimately, the final cost of delivery is determined by the furniture retailer you decide to shop with.
Below are a few examples of popular furniture stores in Ottawa and the delivery services they offer, along with their local cost of delivery.
- Room of Choice (Standard Delivery): $80 (+$15 per piece of furniture removed)
- White-Glove Delivery Service: $149
Upper Room Furniture
- White-Glove Delivery Service: $99
- Full-Service Delivery: about $50
- Free local delivery on orders over $498
- Standard Delivery: about $80
- Free local delivery on orders over $299
Tipping a Furniture Delivery Person
When budgeting for the delivery cost of furniture, it is also important to factor in the cost of tipping the delivery men.
While tipping is not required, it is customary to tip delivery men for a job well done. It is standard to tip a furniture delivery person $5 to $10 for their hard work. With this, it is suggested to tip more depending on the complexity of the job.
To learn more about furniture delivery tipping etiquette, take a look at the article Do You Tip a Furniture Delivery Person?
Furniture Delivery Cost at La-Z-Boy
At La-Z-Boy, we offer top of the line white glove delivery service for a flat fee of $99 (local Ottawa fee). With this, our skilled delivery men will unpack, inspect, and set up the furniture in your home. The delivery team will also remove any waste.
For orders delivered outside of Ottawa, our white glove delivery fee is $149.95. Given that our furniture is shipped out of our local Ottawa warehouse, $149.95 is the standard delivery price for furniture sold at our Kingston showroom.
Additionally, we offer the option to dispose of any old furniture in a local landfill at an extra charge of $40 / per piece.
Our delivery team is hired and trained in-house. Given that our delivery people are trained to work specifically for La-Z-Boy, our white-glove service is standardized ensuring a high level of care with every delivery.
At La-Z-Boy, we estimate delivery time to take between 1-2 weeks for furniture that is in stock in our warehouse. Alternatively, custom furniture orders take up to 90 days for delivery.
To learn more about delivery at La-Z-Boy, check out our delivery service page: La-Z-Boy Ottawa and Kingston Furniture Delivery Service.
You should now have a better understanding of what extra costs to expect when it comes to furniture delivery cost in Ottawa. Once you have factored these additional fees into your budget, it is time to start shopping!
We look forward to helping you find the perfect piece of furniture to add to the comfort of your home.