The Ins and Outs of Getting a Big Thing Delivered

We were notified by email last week that our long-awaited master bathroom vanity would be making the trip from Texas to Maryland and would arrive locally last Friday.

72" Providence Driftwood Double vanity is on its way to us.
72″ Providence Driftwood Double vanity is on its way to us.

I watched the tracking and that’s exactly what happened.

The vanity was delivered yesterday by the company who carried it from Texas to Maryland.
The vanity was delivered yesterday by the company who carried it from Texas to Maryland.

This delivery is in 2 packages with a total weight of 422 pounds so Charlie called the local hub to find out if they would actually carry it upstairs when they deliver it to our house.

This is the vanity in 2 pieces -- 422 pounds total.
This is the vanity in 2 pieces — 422 pounds total.

The answer was “no”.  “No”, but .  .  .

This truck only delivered 2 men who would muscle the vanity and its countertop upstairs -- "white glove service" it's called.
This truck only delivered 2 men who would muscle the vanity and its countertop upstairs — “white glove service” it’s called.

No but there’s another local delivery service, Translogistix, that will deliver it to the house and take it into the bathroom and unpackage it and take the packaging away.

Two men were dispatched to carry the vanity upstairs.
Two men were dispatched to carry the vanity upstairs.

Charlie called to find out the cost of this “white glove” service.

It is $75.

$75 plus a $10 charge for using a credit card. (Credit cards are the only type of payment they accept. Hmmm.)

The countertop with integrated sinks came in one HEAVY package.
The countertop with integrated sinks came in one HEAVY package.

Considering the alternative we thought this service sounded reasonable.

We have a very narrow staircase from the first to the second floor.
We have a very narrow staircase from the first to the second floor.

The logistics were that the first company was going to deliver to the second company and the second company was going to deliver to us except we live closer to the first company.

Somehow both pieces got to the top of the stairs in tact.
Somehow both pieces got to the top of the stairs in tact.

So, instead, the second company is picking up our delivery from the first company and bringing it to our house, up the stairs to the second floor and setting it in place.

Charlie took picture after picture of the Styrofoam trail left by the vanity.
Charlie took picture after picture of the Styrofoam trail left by the vanity.

In actuality the first company delivered it to our house because they couldn’t get a release from the shipper to let another company deliver it.  Then the white glove service showed up and set it up in the bathroom. I wasn’t there for any of this and I’m glad about that.

Woo hoo!  He told me the men worked so hard that he told them he would clean up the packaging debris. A big thanks to Charlie for orchestrating this.

Do logistics drive you nuts? Or is that part of the excitement?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

21 thoughts on “The Ins and Outs of Getting a Big Thing Delivered”

  1. That was cheap at the price! So glad it made it upstairs with no damage to the house, the vanity or you and Charlie. Anxious to see it in place.

    1. Thanks, Scarlett. At times when I’d give up and settle, Charlie loves to arrange. He’s a phone person intent on getting things done “his” way. I admire it. Jo

  2. Whew! I would gladly throw 85 bucks at two burley guys for that service, because I CAN’T and WON’T do it, and Eric (who is very strong for an old guy 🙂 SHOULDN’T do it. Problem solved!

    1. I agree it was well worth the price. Charlie’s only mistake was not to let them carry away the packaging. He spent the next day breaking it down and vacuuming up the Styrofoam. Unfortunately he absentmindedly put the shop vac on blower instead of suck and Styrofoam went everywhere. Jo

  3. Were you following when I got the bathtub upstairs? And I’m pretty sure what I had to pay to bribe the delivery guy to get the tub into my living room and the bar bill after I took my friends out would make your $85 look like a bargain.

    Also, I tore out the back bedroom wall early just so there would be a place to set the tub down.

    1. Some things are made for people who “do this kind of work” everyday. I remember having an old bathtub taken out of the bathroom of my first house — the demolition crew hammered on that thing until it cracked in two and they threw it out the window. The clanging of the hammer was hard to listen to. Jo

  4. WOW! amazing. that would have been impossible to carry upstairs by yourselves – i think it’s worth any amount of money to have it carried up, unwrapped, and put into place! some things are definitely worth paying for, as you know [tiling, for one]!

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