Buying your office furniture online is one of the important decisions you can make. The internet provides a wide range of opportunities for you as a shopper to choose suppliers and products of your choice. However, just as other products, furniture comes with hidden costs that you may not be aware of at the time of purchasing.
In fact, most buyers simply follow the sticker price. Hidden costs make the overall cost of the product higher than the sticker price. When buying a car or house, hidden costs may be due to upgrades, insurance, repairs, or sales tax. When buying office furniture online, here are some hidden costs to expect:
Whether you purchase online or from a local retailer, furniture has to move from the store to your premises. Some companies will arrange for the delivery process, but at a fee. It is advisable to find out from your supplier how much you should pay for delivery. Then you can be able to factor in the cost in the budget.
Logistics is an important aspect of any bulk purchase such as office furniture. If you have a personal means of delivery, you could easily skip the delivery fees. However, even if you hire a separate means of delivery, you still have to pay the person for the service.
Sometimes you may see a good piece of furniture, but you want it done to your standards and taste. For example, if you are buying a sofa for a reception lounge, you may want it to have the corporate color of the company. Where you like the frame and not the color, you may have it changed. In that situation, the supplier may be willing to change it, but for a fee.
If you anticipate such a scenario, such as changing the fabric or style of your furniture, it is advisable to budget with more than the sticker price.
In most shops, furniture comes packed in parts and assembled in your place. The trend is even more common when you buy office furniture online. Some office furniture such as executive desks, reception desks, executive chairs, is too bulky to be delivered as one complete item. They may not pass through corridors or hallways without having to dismantle them.
This expense does not involve the retailer. As a buyer, you will have to pay the technicians to assemble your furniture in your premises upon delivery.
These are similar to purchasing insurance policies, meant to protect your furniture during a certain period. Protection plans often cover furniture and fabric and the charges vary from one supplier to another. However, the plans are not compulsory. If you feel you do not need them, you can skip the fees. For example, many furniture fabrics are already treated at the manufacturer’s level. Unless the furniture is exposed to conditions that can lead to premature damage to the fabric, you do not have to purchase the protection plans.
Next time you buy a piece of office furniture online, consider these hidden charges and shop wisely.