In a move that is sure to ruffle some feathers at Lowe’s, Best Buy and other competitors, Walmart has announced that it will now offer installation services.
Big box retailer strikes new deal with home service provider Angi (formerly Angie’s List) to help homeowners with everything from electronics installation to flooring, painting, plumbing services , electricity and furniture assembly.
By the time everything is in place, Angi said her services will be available at nearly 4,000 Walmart stores in all 50 states. At this time, the Walmart-Angi deal is exclusive for a limited time.
“Since the start of the pandemic, the home has been the center of attention and people across the United States are doing more home improvement, maintenance and repair work and they often turn to Walmart to find the tools and materials needed to get these projects started,” Angi said. CEO Oisin Hanrahan.
“Things like sprucing up an entertainment space by installing a new smart TV, painting a nursery for a family-friendly addition, transforming an outdoor space, and adding a patio are now projects Walmart customers can seamlessly accomplish with help. from an Angi pro as part of the Walmart shopping experience.
Good deal for consumers
If Angi and Walmart can stick to their prices, what they offer seems like a really good deal. As an example, ConsumerAffairs did an apples-to-apples comparison on what Best Buy’s Totaltech charges for a flat screen TV setup versus what Angi offers. best buy lists its price for this service at $199.99. Angi says her starting price for the same service is $79. HomeAdvisor estimates that the price range for installing a TV is between $159 and $361, or an average of $260.
The cost of assembling furniture seems to be another plum for Angi. Target lists a $76.99 prize for its “Handy-powered large furniture assembly;” Angi/Walmart’s advertised price starts at $49.
However, there are several things consumers should keep in mind when looking at installation prices. One of them is the term “starting price” – a factor a consumer should inquire about before placing an order for a facility.
Another thing consumers should be aware of is the possibility that Angi prices are “introductory” and may change after a certain period of time. Third, advertised prices may not include labor, TV support, or reflect the complexity of the job. Savvy consumers should be prepared to ask lots of questions before agreeing to use the service.
According to the article, the purchase of a service can be made when shopping in store at Walmart. For more complicated installations like flooring, consumers can go online to Walmart.com.
Angi’s pitch to consumers is that the process is as easy as buying any other item at Walmart. Once the item has been purchased, Angi will contact you to coordinate the booking and ensure the service is completed to the customer’s satisfaction.