Back in September, we were beyond excited to learn that everyone’s favorite affordable Swedish furniture store officially teamed up TaskRabbit. The acquisition meant that Ikea would offer in-home assembly of its famously challenging products thanks to TaskRabbit’s arsenal of freelance workers willing and able to complete our most fraught tasks. Consider the time-consuming set-up of that versatile bookcase, shelf or chic side table taken care of. And now, according to Business Insider, lucky California residents in Emeryville and East Palo Alto can take advantage of this awesome deal right in store, immediately after purchase.
Previously, Ikea customers could hire a “tasker” via the TaskRabbit app and specially request “Ikea Assembly” thanks to the brand partnership. Now, these two California stores will offer the option to book a worker through an Ikea employee in-store once they have purchased the products. During this process, they will receive a quote on how much it will cost to assemble and go home knowing their brand-new furniture won’t sit in a box for a week, but be set-up once they get home.
Since the way TaskRabbit works is through the hiring of independent contractors, typically the app lets you select from a range of options, each with their own hourly rate for a given task. However, in its deal with the UK, the partnership offers a flat rate of 25 euros plus 20 percent of the items retail price for assembly. Before the acquisition of TaskRabbit, certain US Ikea stores provided some independent workers to assemble goods, but the soon-to-be national roll out will exponentially increase the assembly option. That’s right, nationwide TaskRabbit assembly is just one of the thing we can look forward to from Ikea in 2018.
The Swedish furniture giant’s convenient service partnership is keeping pace with other big box competitors. Amazon now allows you to book an assemblyman on-site and Wayfair partnered with Porch.com, a home services platform in 2016 to offer installation services to customers. Kind of makes us wonder… is DIYing dead?
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