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Furniture assembly - please advise

Hi everyone,

This is my first post here and already asking for help as my husband and I are currently in the process of moving to Zurich form London...

... we have two big solid wood closets to assmebly and we were given the rate of EUR 68 / man / hr, estimating conservatively at least 8 Hours and 2 men are required so its around 1,088EUR (Approx.1,490USD).

Please tell me if that's normal? Because it seems crazy to us.

Is it possible to find someone in the city who would to that cheaper?

I will be grateful for any advice from you guys.

Thank you!

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Old 29.01.2014, 13:45
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Re: Furinure assembly - please advise

The rates are pretty normal if it really does take skilled labor (i.e. a normal moving crew couldn't do it). However, a normal moving crew has been able to assemble all the furniture I've ever owned and significantly faster than that, too. Why do you assume it will take 8 hours? Is that the moving company's estimate or yours?
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Re: Furinure assembly - please advise

Hi MathNut and thanks for such a quick response.

About the 8 hrs - this is actually really modest estimate. Those closets are super complicated.

Do you know maybe where to look for furniture assembly services in Zurich?

Thank you,
Natalia
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Re: Furinure assembly - please advise

Put an ad in the "Jobs Offered" section of this forum. You should be able to get someone for 25-30 CHF/hr relatively easy.

Offer beer and pizza, you might get someone for free.

If it needs more professional help, then you should still be able to get it for about 50CHF/hr

Ask http://joethehandyman.ch for a quote. He comes well recommended.
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Hi Nalatajka,
I would try http://www.jacando.com/. A platform specifically designed to find helpers for small jobs like this... you set your price!
All the best!
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Re: Furinure assembly - please advise

Definitely worth a try, mirfield. Thanks
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Hi MathNut and thanks for such a quick response.

About the 8 hrs - this is actually really modest estimate. Those closets are super complicated.

Do you know maybe where to look for furniture assembly services in Zurich?

Thank you,
Natalia
Schreiners (cabinet makers/carpenters) are quick and efficient workers, maybe you could find one to do this after hours?

If not, then ask any Schreiner firm if they have an apprentice who`d do this work for you - Sfr20 an hour is their normal asking price - plus some refreshment while working.

Looking for a Schreiner (qualified men ask about Sfr50 p hour incl. their travel time)- look for any woodworking firm / window making / door making/ kitchen cabinet firm - they all employ Schreiners.
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Hi MathNut and thanks for such a quick response.

About the 8 hrs - this is actually really modest estimate. Those closets are super complicated.

Do you know maybe where to look for furniture assembly services in Zurich?

Thank you,
Natalia
Again though: is that eight hours of someone who's seen it all and done it all - someone who does this for a living? Or eight hours of an amateur like me scratching her head? What's "super complicated" to you or me is probably pretty straightforward after you've done twenty or thirty of the things.

I don't know companies that specialize in furniture assembly, it's usually handled by movers. Their hourly rates tend to be 50-75 francs (not euros) per man per hour, and for any kind of normal wardrobes (which I'll take your word for it these are not, but still) you'd only be talking 1-2 hours per wardrobe, max.
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Re: Furinure assembly - please advise

One thing you could consider is abandoning the furniture and buying new when you get to your destination because you will probably have the same difficulty/costs the other end when you want someone to reassemble it.

A "Brockenhaus" may collect it if you are lucky. You may be able to cut it all up and put it out for a special refuse collection (Sperrgut).

Have a look at this (even if IKEA furniture is not your style) and bear in mind these are Swiss prices . . .
Cost of filling an apartment with Ikea furniture = 3200 CHF

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A "Brockenhaus" may collect it if you are lucky.
Most brockies won't pick stuff up from London.
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Good point if they are still in London. But I guess dumping the furniture is still an option though unless it has some sentimental value. Even easier if it still in bits.
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Re: Furinure assembly - please advise

Skilled labour is about 100CHF at lowest possible rate- and if the wardrobes are 'compicated- then I wouldn't want any Tom, Dick or Harry with a set of allum keys near them. Putting together real cupboard with old fashioned joints and hinges is a skilled job. I know the perfect person to do this in Neuchatel at a good rate- but I'm sure Zurich is a bit far for him.

If anyone in Neuchatel area wants Mike's tel number, I am glad to oblige. He has done a few complicated jobs for us and he is excellent as well as very friendly. (see member Mikeandtzeti)
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Re: Furinure assembly - please advise

Thank you guys for such a quick response and all the advice.

Very impressive, I might be a regular here

Leaving those closets behind is not an option unfortunatelly.

Our move is paid by an employer with exception of assembling those two pieces (long story why).

It is adviced by a producer to allow at least 8hrs and two men for the assembly. So I won't argue with that

That high quote I mentioned in my first post was given by the moving company that will be shipping our stuff (Interdean/Santa Fe).

So it seems we will be better off finding somenone ourselves I guess...

Hope it won't be too complicated. I don't speak german, but at least my husband does...
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Skilled labour is about 100CHF at lowest possible rate- and if the wardrobes are 'compicated- then I wouldn't want any Tom, Dick or Harry with a set of allum keys near them. Putting together real cupboard with old fashioned joints and hinges is a skilled job. I know the perfect person to do this in Neuchatel at a good rate- but I'm sure Zurich is a bit far for him.
The removal company is unlikey to be sending a carpenter (or joiner (I never know who does what)). It'll be two hulking lads with day to day experience of taking stuff apart and putting it back together again.

The problem there is the the removal company also have a big truck parked outside, a warehouse and a load of backroom staff to pay for.

Getting your own similarly skilled labour is always going to be a lot cheaper.

(If your stuff is valuable then make sure whoever you employ is insured)
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