One of the last things people think about when finding a home in Israel is the effect it will have on their delivery.
Coincidentally, some of the most ignored information in a proposal are the potential delivery charges….
Here’s some ideas to consider when looking for your first home in Israel:
Extra Stairs. Our services provide delivery to the second floor (about 32 steps) without an elevator.
Potential Scenarios : Many cities are situated on hills, thus many homes may have many steps to the door, or apartment buildings may not have an elevator and/or if they do, not everything will fit and some items need to be hand carried up the stairs.
Long Haul/Carry Delivery. Our services includes delivery up to 20 meters from the truck to the door.
Potential Scenarios : Again, some hillside home have parking at the top or bottom of the hill and the distance to the door is greater then 20 meters. Other homes are simply a long way from the parking lot, or places like Tzfat or the Old City in Jerusalem may not have close, normal parking available. All of these situations might be ideal for living in, however the delivery will cost more.
Difficult Access. Our delivery includes delivery through normal means and not through convoluted, Plan B methods.
Potential Scenarios : This is one of those situations where you know it when you see it or after Plan A has failed. Wide or bulky furniture may not make it up a narrow staircase or with tight turns in narrow hallways.
[I recall a local (Ma’alot) delivery where the construction of the entrance to the home was such that a couch could not be delivered in the normal way. In the end, it was suspended by ropes from the upper level and delivered through a window. (Needless to say the crew would have rather taken it through the front door if they could have.)]
Shuttle Service. Mostly applicable to container shipments where close/ample parking is not available/legal.
Potential Scenarios : Homes with their only access is from a busy street or where parking is continually filled up and the truck/container has to be parked further away. Again, places like Tzfat or the Old City, where roads cannot accommodate a container.
External Lifting Equipment. When normal delivery is simply not possible.
Potential Scenarios : This is a very rare situation when goods, like a piano, cannot fit in the elevator and the delivery is in a tall building making hand carrying unrealistic. Effort is always used to avoid using an “outside elevator”.
Please keep these potential charges in mind when moving to Israel and looking for your first home. And, if you do find “just the right place” and some of these charges might apply, then you’ll be prepared for the added expanse and life will be better.
Also, the delivery crews would much rather have a simple, straight-forward delivery — it saves them time and energy and probably increases their chances of a higher tip.