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Ikea delivery or warentaxi?

I am looking to furnish a new apartment. The problem is I will be moving on the 1st september (a saturday) and the apartment is totally unfurnished. I was considering ordering from the Ikea website but after reading about other peoples difficulties with the delivery am now not so sure as I would need the furniture to be delivered on the saturday (or go a weekend or longer without bed, sofa etc) and it does not allow delivery dates to be specified.

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Is it possible to go and buy the furniture myself and then have them deliver it for me on the same day (or I could buy in advance for delivery on the saturday). I can't see this mentioned on the site (but then my german is still poor). I will call to check this, hopefully I can reach an english speaker

My other option is to buy the furniture from Ikea and then hire a warentaxi to deliver the furniture to my new place. In this case can anyone suggest a service in the Basel area? I can't hire a van myself as I have no driving licence here.

thanks for any advice
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Old 06.08.2007, 13:14
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Re: Ikea delivery or warentaxi?

I'd hire a van and go the same day, when we looked into it delivery was about 6 weeks.

Edit: sorry I mean hire the taxi if you don't have a drving licence
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Re: Ikea delivery or warentaxi?

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My other option is to buy the furniture from Ikea and then hire a warentaxi to deliver the furniture to my new place. In this case can anyone suggest a service in the Basel area? I can't hire a van myself as I have no driving licence here.

thanks for any advice
You should be able to rent a van with your UK driving licence ....
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Re: Ikea delivery or warentaxi?

Ikea has there own delivery service which can take weeks and is expensive and they also use private delivery guys....

When we bought a ton of stuff a while back we had the private delivery guys drop it off 2 days later and it cost us 100chf not much more than it would have cost for hiring vans etc.....plus they do all the work, even carried it all in for us.

May be worth checking out, if you call Ikea and ask them about the delivery options I'm sure they will tell you..

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Re: Ikea delivery or warentaxi?

Maybe i should have phrased it better. The only licence i have is a UK provisional and i don't think they'll let me hire a van with that
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Re: Ikea delivery or warentaxi?

You could do better than look here

http://www.englishforum.ch/sale-want...-hire-van.html
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Re: Ikea delivery or warentaxi?

You're also entitled to a day off work from your employer, so maybe use the following Monday for deliveries. Or two days if it's to another Canton.

As with dear Paolo, see your local supermarkets noticeboard for a local man with a van. Tell him to arrive at IKEA when you predict you're done there and he'll drive you and the stuff back, probably even schlepping it in for you too. May prove cheaper than delivery guys from the other end of town.
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Re: Ikea delivery or warentaxi?

Ikea is generally 4-6 weeks delivery time and they only confirm a few days before, so for a specific date i would risk it.

I hired a van direct from Ikea, about CHF 60 for 2 hours, arrange that in advance though, Good thing about the taxi option is they will help move the furniture if you ask nicely and give a tip, which may come in handy if you don't live on the ground floor.

UK license is fine here, (after 1 year you should change for Swiss license)
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Re: Ikea delivery or warentaxi?

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Maybe i should have phrased it better. The only licence i have is a UK provisional and i don't think they'll let me hire a van with that
Correct, a provisional license (L plates) could not be used for Hiring a van here.
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Old 06.08.2007, 13:56
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Re: Ikea delivery or warentaxi?

When I ordered my stuff I went to Ikea and spoke to the shipping guys there (luckily they spoke English as my German was quite poor then!) and they had no problem to deliver it on a Saturday and they only needed 1 weeks notice.....maybe I was just lucky though
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Re: Ikea delivery or warentaxi?

Why not hire a van directly from Ikea?

They are partnered up with Mobility and all you need is a drivers license, and 100 Chuffs deposit. Rates are 30 CHF an hour. In two hours you can surely get it done. You get I think 50 kms for fist hour and up to 100 kms if you hire for 2 hours. It is convenient and the vans are huge (fit two large couches with room to spare for me). All you'd need to find is a few strong and able friends to help you with the carrying.

Just one note: reserve in advance, on saturdays lots of people go to Ikea. Also, you'll get a better chance of finding a van available if you schedule your rental for before 12 p.m., preferrably around 9 a.m. or 10 a.m. or so.

So if I were you I would scout out your furniture in advance either on the web or by hanging out at the shop, then reserve your van a few days in advance, so that then you just drop by Ikea on saturday morning at opening time, go straight to pick up your stuff, and straight into the van. Done that myself a couple of times already and it is very convenient.

(More info, including how to reserve, on the Ikea website. Or call their customer service, they also speak english).
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Re: Ikea delivery or warentaxi?

I've ordered twice from Ikea online and both times the furniture took about 6 weeks to arrive.

They give you a week's notice but if you can't make it that day you can end up having to wait for 2-3 weeks more.....as I found out the 1st time.

Would recommend finding another option!
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Re: Ikea delivery or warentaxi?

I rented a truck from Ikea last weekend. It was pretty painless. If you need it for a long period you can rent it at the end of the day on Saturday. You won't have to return in until Monday morning. But since everything is closed on Sunday it only helps if you have other things to move then. The vans are quite large, esepcially the Ford vans. We bought an overstuffed sofa/loveseat/chair set that was pre-assembled. That stuff was too big though. We had to use bungee cords keep the stuff in and door shut. However, if you are purchasing from Ikea where everything comes dis-assembled in boxes, you should be able to fit a household of furniture in one of those vans.
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Re: Ikea delivery or warentaxi?

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Why not hire a van directly from Ikea?

They are partnered up with Mobility and all you need is a drivers license, and 100 Chuffs deposit.
Unfortunately I don't have the license otherwise that advice would have been great. Maybe this is the push i need to get up off my arse and learn.

Cheers to everyone for the advice. I have just phoned them (after getting lost in the maze of options which was like a german lesson in itself). It appears they can deliver on the saturday as long as I order asap. In my excitement at escaping from the pre recorded option maze I forgot to ask the real life operator how much the delivery costs. Tomorrow is the day I go to church, praise be to the god of the 70CHF tv cabinet
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Re: Ikea delivery or warentaxi?

Here is something I learned the hard way only after shopping at IKEA Lyssach (near Bern) for the second time:

- If you order things from the online catalogue, or specifying delivery via the sales points at the exhibition area upstairs, then the delivery time will be around 6 weeks or more depending on stock availability at their offsite warehouse. I did this the first time, since nobody told me that a second option was available, which was:

- If you pick up your purchases from the large onsite warehouse downstairs, i.e. place them yourself onto your shopping trolley, pay for them at the cashier and then wheel them over to the Customer Service counter asking for their home delivery service (via Swiss Post couriers, SFr 50 minimum cost, then scales with value of items delivered up to a max of around SFr 200-300), then it will usually be delivered the next day or so, or within a week at worst. They give you a call 24 hours and then 15 minutes prior to actual delivery.

Things may be different at IKEA Lyssach, but may be worth asking if this difference exists at your local IKEA. I wish I had known this when banking on getting a bed in my brand new unfurnished flat by the weekend!

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Re: Ikea delivery or warentaxi?

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Ikea is generally 4-6 weeks delivery time and they only confirm a few days before, so for a specific date i would risk it.

I hired a van direct from Ikea, about CHF 60 for 2 hours, arrange that in advance though, Good thing about the taxi option is they will help move the furniture if you ask nicely and give a tip, which may come in handy if you don't live on the ground floor.

UK license is fine here, (after 1 year you should change for Swiss license)
I'm in a similar situation and I can't wait the 6 weeks for delivery. I have an Irish driving licence but it's only for B-class vehicles (cars etc.) I'm assuming that your licence was for a van?
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I'm in a similar situation and I can't wait the 6 weeks for delivery. I have an Irish driving licence but it's only for B-class vehicles (cars etc.) I'm assuming that your licence was for a van?
Storm posted his/her message in 2007.

You'd be better off contacting Ikea to find out what the state of play is re your licence.
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Storm posted his/her message in 2007.

You'd be better off contacting Ikea to find out what the state of play is re your licence.
Whoops, my bad. Well in that case I think I'll shirk out and look for a "man with a van" in Bern instead. Should be easier I think, rather than having to drive back to Lyssach from Bern etc..
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Re: Ikea delivery or warentaxi?

I had never heard of this "Warentaxi" business, but can weigh in with a very positive experience. Were just at Ikea Dietlikon, and wanted our stuff delivered. At the Kundenservice, they asked by when we could be home, and the Warentaxi arrived with our stuff about 30 minutes after we got home! Now we just need to get it put together...
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I had never heard of this "Warentaxi" business, but can weigh in with a very positive experience. Were just at Ikea Dietlikon, and wanted our stuff delivered. At the Kundenservice, they asked by when we could be home, and the Warentaxi arrived with our stuff about 30 minutes after we got home! Now we just need to get it put together...
So was this a service specifically by IKEA or a third party? Can you tell me how much it cost also?
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