If you are planning on purchasing a new appliance, you need to consider more than just arranging to be home for the delivery team. There is a lot of preparation that can make your appliance delivery go as smoothly as possible. So, here we’ll go through the process from start to finish, so you can prepare for your next appliance delivery.
Picking Out Your New Appliance
Of course, the first step is to choose your new appliance. Whether you’re looking for a new refrigerator, range or washer, it is a good idea to have your measurements in hand before you head to the store or start shopping online. Measuring for your appliance will help you to know the size constraints you are restricted to.
Once you have your measurements, you can browse the appliances in a particular category to find the one that offers the features you need and is within your price range. When you have selected the appliance you would like to purchase; you will be able to arrange the delivery details. Remember that most appliance delivery appointments are arranged with a timeslot, so you need to think about what time and date are convenient for you. Remember to consider traffic, if you need to finish work early to arrive home to meet the delivery team.
Plan the Appliance Path
Before your delivery appointment, it is a good idea to do a little more measuring. Check that your new appliance can fit through the doorways and work out the pathway to get your appliance from the door to its desired location. If a doorway is too narrow to accommodate the appliance, you will need to find another path. This may mean taking the appliance around the outside of your home and bringing it in through a patio door to get to your kitchen or laundry room.
It is also a good idea to clear this path of any obstacles or delicate items. While professional delivery teams aim to be careful, accidents can happen, so make sure that your family heirloom vase is safely put away.
Create Space for the Delivery Truck
Delivery trucks tend to be large, and the delivery team will need the space to lower the tailgate and bring your appliance off the truck. Try to clear a space on your driveway or arrange a spot on the street that will provide easy access when the appliance is being moved into your home.
Keep Kids and Pets Out of the Way
You also need to think about ensuring that any children or pets are safely out of the way of the delivery team. Appliances can be cumbersome, and the delivery team may not be able to fully see where they are going. So, having a child or pet underfoot can be dangerous for everyone. Consider your appliance path and find a safe spot where pets can be secured, and children can play out of the way.
Check Your Appliance
Once the appliance has been unloaded and installed, it is important to check that it is working correctly before the delivery crew leaves. There are some instances where you need the appliance in place before it can be used, such as refrigerators that need to get up to temperature, but you should be able to tell that it lights up and the fan is running.
After the delivery team leaves, take some time to familiarize yourself with the owner’s manual and test out the different settings and cycles. It is a good idea to clean the appliance of any dust that may have accumulated while it was sitting in the warehouse.