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Island delivers is the worst, wayfair needs to change who they do business with or I’m never shopping wayfair again just because of this company. Only gave them one star because it won’t let me give them a zero.
I ordered a mattress from Nectar and paid $149 for "White Glove Set Up and Removal" PLUS a $20 "Local disposal fee." Island Deliveries arrived when they said, withing the 4 hour window they gave me and brought the new mattress into my apartment with no problem. They refused to take the old mattress because it had stains on it (it was old)! Very poor service and I told Nectar to find a better Delivery Agent in the area.
I was worried that this whole delivery was going to be a nightmare because of all the bad reviews, but they were surprisingly pleasent and quick.
I ordered a bed from Wayfair and received a window of 5:30 to 8:30. They never showed up! No call or anything. I waited around all evening and NOTHING! I called to complain and the delivery office was closed. I contacted Wayfair and was on hold for an hour! I have new mattress and box spring on the floor! I did not pay to have my crap on the floor because of horribly poor service!!!!
If I could give Island Deliveries a negative review, I would. I can't begin to share what a nightmare this company is. I have a business account with Wayfair/AllModern and have a large home remodel going on. First, in the beginning of the week, they delivered a daybed and put it in my garage. Mind you, I didn't order a daybed but a large kohler medicine cabinet. I also didn't ask them to put in my garage - but how nice. I let them know of the mistake and they picked up the daybed. I didn't mind the mistake as I didn't need my item immediately. They then didn't contact me to deliver my item. It showed up days later.I then had a $1300 bathtub being delivered. I called them four times to ask if they could put in my garage. I knew it would be too heavy for me to lift alone. Finally, when I connected with them the woman I spoke with was incredibly rude. I shrugged it off thinking everything would be okay. I then spoke to the delivery guy to ensure we would be good, he ensured me we would. He also said "you can have your husband lift it - it isn't too heavy." I informed him I didn't have a husband. When I got home, this is what I saw (see pictures.) not only did they not put it in the garage, they lugged it up three stairs and set this bathtub on its nose!! The box states not to do so and they still did. The pressure also caused the corner to be crushed and the top to tip off. I called the delivery guy and when I said my name he hung up on me. I called back and he answered and said he couldn't do anything about it. He then said it wasn't possible to set in my garage, even though he did earlier in the week without my guidance. I then said that at the very least they could have set it on its bottom on my patio. Why would you ever lug it up the stairs, block the door and set it on its nose?! I've contacted Wayfair and told them I won't order any big ticket items if they use Island anymore. What a joke!
Are you kidding? We ordered from Wayfair and tracked our shipment daily to the "Local Delivery Agent", where it arrived on Wednesday, June 14. We were told by Island Deliveries, the local delivery agent, that the shipment would be delivered on Thursday, June 15, between 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. So I stayed home all afternoon awaiting shipment and neither got a shipment nor a call from them about their failure to deliver - until they left a 6:00 p.m. voicemail saying they weren't coming that day!!Calls to Island Delivery went unanswered because their offices were closed by the time they failed to deliver our shipment. By the time they could be reached, the early morning of Friday, June 16, we were told because we didn't talk to them on Thursday, they weren't going to deliver our shipment until Saturday, June 17. Really? You don't call mid-day when you know your driver is "running late", then you close up shop and leave for the day then you put it on US to contact you to arrange a delivery the next day? How does that work?I don't understand how a delivery company that fails to deliver, fails to communicate, and fails to take steps to quickly remedy their wrongs stays in business, much less how it keeps customers coming back. If this is the best Wayfair can do for local delivery agents, maybe we'll have to rethink shopping with Wayfair, too. What a cluster__!
This company, Island Deliveries, delivered a sleeper sofa for me from Wayfair. I have contacted both companies, but neither have responded. Wayfair says I need to contact this delivery company directly, but they have not responded to phone calls or e-mails, which include photographs of the damage caused when two delivery men delivered the sleeper sofa. First of all, the delivery men were not strong enough to lift this sleeper. Going up the stairs they scratched up my white railings, taking paint off and leaving black marks. They also dented one of the walls. I could deal with those couple damages. However, when they tried to fit this sofa sleeper into the bedroom that I paid for them to deliver it to, they scratched up all three doorways in that hallway, include the wooden cupboard. All three doorframes need to be sanded down and repainted. Cabinet doors need to be replaced. They could not get the sleeper to fit despite measuring before and after that it should have fit. I suggested we just put it in the basement, even though that is not where I wanted it. The delivery man said "Why didn't you tell me this an hour ago!" in a loud voice. 1) I didn't want it in the basement, 2) They had not been there for one hour. The same delivery man said "I shouldn't even be here, this was only supposed to take 15-20 minutes." At this point I became fearful of the situation due to his hostility towards me. They proceeded to take the couch downstairs which resulted in numerous amounts of damage. A huge hole is in my front entry wall, which will need drywall patch and repainting. The railings which were already damaged became severely more damaged with black marks and paint scratched off. The wall was scratched all the way down. I took 18 pictures of the damage, which did not even cover everything because it was just everywhere. I sent Ken Davis, the Owner of Island Deliveries an e-mail with an explaination and the pictures, and we called the company as soon as the delivery men left. I did not want to cause any issues with the delivery men while they were here because I was fearful of them and I just wanted them to leave. It has been 6 days total, including Saturday and Sunday, and I have not received a call back or an e-mail. No one is helping me. Since then I have researched reviews of this company and found the same type of experiences others have had with this company. Please help me get my delivery fee back and money for all the damages they caused. This business needs to go out of business or these delivery men need to be let go.
This company, Island Deliveries, delivered a sleeper sofa for me from Wayfair. First of all, the delivery men were not strong enough to lift this sleeper. Going up the stairs they scratched up my white railings, taking paint off and leaving black marks. They also dented one of the walls. I could deal with those couple damages. However, when they tried to fit this sofa sleeper into the bedroom that I paid for them to deliver it to, they scratched up all three doorways in that hallway, include the wooden cupboard. All three doorframes need to be sanded down and repainted. Cabinet doors need to be replaced. They could not get the sleeper to fit despite measuring before and after that it should have fit. I suggested we just put it in the basement, even though that is not where I wanted it. The delivery man said "Why didn't you tell me this an hour ago!" in a loud voice. 1) I didn't want it in the basement, 2) They had not been there for one hour. The same delivery man said "I shouldn't even be here, this was only supposed to take 15-20 minutes." At this point I became fearful of the situation due to his hostility towards me. They proceeded to take the couch downstairs which resulted in numerous amounts of damage. A huge hole is in my front entry wall, which will need drywall patch and repainting. The railings which were already damaged became severely more damaged with black marks and paint scratched off. The wall was scratched all the way down. I took 18 pictures of the damage, which did not even cover everything because it was just everywhere. I sent an e-mail with an explaination and the pictures, and we called the company as soon as the delivery men left. I did not want to cause any issues with the delivery men while they were here because I was fearful of them and I just wanted them to leave. It has been 6 days total and I have not received a call back or an e-mail.
This is the worse delivery company I have ever come across, if this is the company that delivers for Wayfair! The 3rd time they were out, the men were so angry that they had to remove the wrapping off the sofa before they could bring it in ( my door is only 32" wide) that they left all the wrappings stuffed between the back deck railing and my swing frame (covered for the winter). I called the office for a copy of the delivery statement & she told me that she "would TRY to find someone to mail me out a copy". I've NEVER received one copy of the 3 deliveries as to date. Wayfair has delivered me 1) the right sofa- broken, and 2 wrong sofa's since and each time that Island Delivery has come out, they handle the items as if they are a piece of TRASH. I believe it's the men that they hire. This is a new company, but I wouldn't use them to take out my trash for anything. They need to be looked into and I've already informed the Attorney General about this company.
Linda D'Souza helped me very well she was very friendly and new about other locations if I needed because of recently moving into the area
Self-storage facilities are areas where you can rent lockers, rooms, containers and, sometimes, outdoor spaces on a short-term and long-term basis.
The Self-Storage Association reported the U.S. is home to approximately 48,500 mini-storage facilities. When put together, this space is equal to 2.3 billion square feet. All told, you have plenty of options if you're looking for a storage facility.
When you want to store extra materials, you can typically find a self-storage facility and lease space on a month-to-month basis. Such areas are just the right size to store household items, office supplies and even furniture. Storage facilities are ideal if you have a lot of personal items you want to keep but don't have enough space in your house or apartment.
Items you store are not insured by the facility. Instead, you will need to talk with an insurance representative about covering your items if they are stored off-premise. A few facilities offer insurance, so you'll want to call and ask around to find which option best meets your needs.
Advantages of Self Storage
When you're looking for storage options, do not confuse self storage with full service. You will have limited access to your belongings if you choose the full-service option. Self storage gives you full control over what's in your unit and how you arrange everything, said SpareFoot Blog.
Another advantage of storing your personal items is the flexibility afforded to you. You don't have to wait for anyone to come to your unit and unlock it, nor do you have to receive permission to add items or take them away.
With self-storage facilities, you can put as many items in the unit as you want, provided everything fits and you keep the space organized. If you feel like taking an early morning or evening trip to your storage space, you can do so at your pleasure.
Reasons to Use Self Storage
Whether you're a single individual or have a growing family, self storage is a viable option to store your personal items in a safe, secure location without sacrificing space in your home. Specific reasons why you might also need to lease storage space include:
Even college students can take advantage of self storage, especially if they attend school out of state. Instead of lugging apartment furniture and winter clothes back and forth, they can store everything for the few months they're home and then retrieve them when school starts back up.
When searching for a self-storage facility, you'll first want to look for options close to where you live. The size of the space you plan to rent is also an important factor to consider, and will depend on what you plan to store.
Spaces range from the size of a small closet to a car garage, said Extra Space Storage. The following are common storage sizes, along with examples of what they can hold:
Creating a checklist before leasing storage space will help you make an informed decision about the unit size you need to rent. You don't want to pay for more than you need, while you also don't want too small of a space. You should also consider your future needs, because it is not out of the question you may decide to store more personal items.
Location Affects Price
The size of the storage space will have an effect on the amount you pay. Additionally, where the storage unit is located also has an influence. Expect to pay more in monthly fees if the storage space is in a city where real estate is more expensive. High costs might be unavoidable, but if you look around at various options, you'll eventually find the best price.
If you've found self-storage facilities that are nearby, you'll then want to compare prices from at least three options. After doing so, look up the facilities through the Better Business Bureau. Some areas to keep an eye out for include any complaints against the storage facility and whether insurance policies are offered.
For the average homeowner, self-storage facilities are the most popular option for storing personal items, but other types of storage facilities exist. Most people don't think about the type of storage available until they absolutely need it, and it's best to understand your options ahead of time.
Likewise, various names exist for self-storage facilities. In all, expect to come across five general types of storage facilities.
Typically found in large buildings that used to be factories, indoor units require you to go through security to enter. You can expect to find unit sizes ranging from 5 feet by 5 feet to 5 feet by 10 feet.
Outdoor units are not located in a warehouse but in an area where security is still required. Outdoor storage units are typically large, and should only be used for boats, cars, recreational vehicles and tractors. Since units are outside, they are subject to weather conditions, meaning it's not the best idea to store your valuables in them.
Climate-controlled storage units are located indoors and have temperature and humidity controls. If you have items that may become damaged by atmospheric conditions, controlling the temperature and humidity is essential.
You will end up paying more for a climate-controlled storage space. However, in the grand scheme of things, a slightly higher cost doesn't compare to the costs associated with losing or replacing valuable or rare items.
Consider climate-controlled self storage if you are housing some of the following items:
Outside of city areas, drive-up storage units are some of the most common options. Drive-up units are arranged in long lines and resemble garages, led to by roads so you can easily drive to your specific unit.
Realistically, mobile storage is only an option if you're moving or renovating your house. Mobile storage units are not part of an existing facility. Mobile units are typically stationed outside your home after they are delivered by the storage company.
Once you fill up the unit, the company will either hold it at their facility or transport it to your desired destination.
Mobile storage is a viable self-storage option if you plan to move across the country but are worried about space in a moving truck.
The price of using a self-storage facility will vary, with one of biggest factors being where you live. You may find it beneficial to rent storage in a nearby suburb if facilities are too expensive in your city. Also, some facilities offer introductory rates for the first month, and similar deals are worth exploring.
Keep in mind, however, costs will increase depending on the size of unit you're renting and whether or not it's climate controlled.
Seeking Lower Costs
To get the most bang for your buck and avoid breaking the bank, shop around for the best prices and only rent storage space you know you will need. The larger the item, the more space required.
Likewise, only opt for climate-controlled space if the personal items you are storing are susceptible to becoming damaged from humidity and temperature. There is no reason to get an air-conditioned unit if you're locking away old baseball equipment and tools.
When it comes to taking full advantage of your self-storage facility, you have to know what you can and cannot store. Some items are not suitable for storage.
Flammables like gasoline, propane tanks and kerosene, as well as certain types of paint are not allowed to be stored by any means, said Extra Space Storage. Other items, such as perishable food, are not allowed either because of the tendency to attract pests and rodents when the food starts to expire.
Knowing what you can store will help you better organize your storage space and clear out any clutter.
An art form exists when it comes to packing - you don't want to throw whatever you get your hands on in a box. To be more efficient, fill the boxes with similar items. For example, don't mix glassware with utensils. Always try to fill the box to capacity, and remember, anything left unpacked will become dusty. If you're storing fragile items, consider packing them in a separate box filled with foam peanuts for extra protection.
From there, you can create a label system to help locate specific boxes within the unit. Markers tend to wear out after time. Label makers are a smart, inexpensive option to help you identify a box's contents.
Some items require specific packing quirks. For instance, you should ensure books are packed flat to avoid damaging their spines. You also don't want to put too many books in a single box because it then becomes too heavy to carry.
Glassware and valuable china should all be individually wrapped and placed in reinforced or separate boxes. You can then use the label maker to ensure the word "fragile" is somewhere on the box.
Different pieces of furniture require certain methods of storage. Special bags will protect any couches and chairs you're storing. When you bring these items to the unit, be sure to stand them up to maximize space.
Bed frames should ideally be taken apart before being put into a storage unit, while mattresses can be wrapped in a protective seal and stood against a wall. If you're unable to take apart the bed frame, do not store any materials nearby that may taint the color of the bedding.
For smaller tables, try to take them apart. If that's not possible, place a moving blanket on the floor and then place the table on top with its legs facing upward, and then wrap them in a protective material. For chairs, place them upside down on a table also covered in protective material.
Dressers can be placed against the wall and also used as a space to store boxes. Additionally, the drawers can house small fragile items. Just be sure to use stretch wrap to prevent the drawers from opening.
Lamps should be disassembled, wrapped in protective material and placed in boxes specifically designed to store lamps. When it comes to televisions, protect them as much as possible. If you're storing a TV, you'll likely want to rent a climate-controlled storage unit because extreme temperatures may cause some issues with liquid crystal displays.
In general, furniture should be stored with care and covered in protective material whenever possible. Ensure your storage space can hold multiple large furniture sets as well.
Most storage facilities have security measures in place. They are generally accessible for a certain number of hours and have a manager on site, in addition to security cameras. They also require you to submit a special code to enter. You should also make sure the property is adequately lit for visits in the evening.
You will need to have your own lock for your storage unit. Keyless locks, padlocks and disc locks are all viable options, said Moove In Self Storage.
Self-storage units come in many sizes, types and costs. If you're looking to clear out space from your house, consider renting a storage unit to keep your personal items safe. You can store just about anything, from furniture to old vinyl collections and clothes. By choosing the right storage unit, you can store your items in a secure location while gaining back some much needed space in your house.