B & Q Delivery: The Smallprint
If you're considering making use of B and Q's home delivery service, available from in-store (as opposed to their on-line service
), take note of the following points.
B&Q Delivery Service
- You may be hoping to make a big order, but might still be outside the catchment for free delivery. Check first how much you might pay!
- When you're wandering around the store assembling a list of things to have delivered, write down the bar code (and a brief description as a reminder) for each item.
- B&Q distinguishes between 'indoor' and 'outdoor' goods, and will not deliver those two types of produce together. For example, a delivery of building materials and a delivery of carpets would count as two separate deliveries, and you will have to pay delivery charges according to the value of the goods on each delivery - NOT the total value of the order. Items like lawnmowers are probably a grey area, so it's best to check beforehand which items can be delivered together. We managed to get some indoor shelves (flat-packed in cardboard) delivered with our bricks, for example.
- You will be able to agree a delivery date in-store, but (a) they are not obliged to deliver on that date, and (b) you have to be in all day. Their delivery window is 8AM to 6PM, and there is no communication between the drivers and the customer services. You have to stay in until they arrive!
- If you're having building materials delivered, they may arrive in a 17-ton lorry (as large as a refuse lorry), and will probably ask you to sign a waiver to any damage caused by the lorry on your property. Our driver was fussy about the water meter in the driveway, and we duly signed something that cleared them of responsibility for damage. Note that the only thing we were asked in-store was whether our road was capable of handling refuse lorries.
- If anything is broken or breaks on (or shortly after) delivery, you can expect the item(s) to be re-delivered. They should be happy to exchange non-perishable and low-value items without you being there; just leave the faulty goods outside on a pre-agreed day and they will simply swap them over. Otherwise you will have to wait around all day again!
- None of the above was explained to us in-store, which is why we're explaining it here. We even went to the trouble of telling the information desk what sort of things we wanted to buy before choosing anything from the shelves, and were simply told how much the delivery charges would be for our area. Nothing else was explained, specifically the part about the possibility of two separate deliveries (and delivery charges of course).
Let this be a word of caution to you! By the way, their online store (diy.com
) seems to have much lower delivery charges than in-store, but you'll have a hard time finding half the stuff you want on the site. It also seems to have some kind of delivery code system, which might tie in with not being able to mix certain types of produce in a delivery, but that wasn't at all clear.
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