GoFor – building material (and furniture!) delivery service review

I first heard of the GoFor app from a friend when we first moved to Ottawa. She recommended GoFor as a service that not only collects and delivers building materials for contractors and DIYers [actual terminology used on their app, so you know I’m in], but as a company that you can also use to collect almost anything [ie – furniture] and have it collected and delivered from one place to another.

We didn’t have a car [and won’t for another few months], so it wasn’t long before I called on GoFor’s assistance. The first few weeks we lived in Ottawa all we had was the clothes in our suitcases, Cora’s crib, a pan for cooking porridge and empty fast food containers to eat out of and store our food in. After three weeks of using our clothes as a mattress and pillows, I planned a trip to IKEA and went with a list of everything we needed. A mattress, pots and pans, plates, glasses, pot scrubbers, you name it. All the basic essentials you don’t realise you really need until you don’t have them.

When I was finished my behemoth IKEA shop, I placed an order on the GoFor app to collect all my drama and within an hour, everything was delivered to our front door.

I’ve used the GoFor app a few times since and while I’ve only used it for collecting secondhand furniture / design related pieces for our home (vs. building materials), I have to say it’s been an invaluable service for us.

When you’re using the app, you can select from a number of different vehicle types depending on what you need collected and there’s the option for an additional fee if there’s more involved [meaning, if it’s not door to door and if you need their help to carry anything upstairs]. I was more than happy to opt for additional help as it meant I had help carrying our secondhand French Provincial sofa set and dining room hutch [details on that soon to come!] up two flights of stairs. Something I wouldn’t be able to do myself [as stubborn / as amazing as I like to think I am] as most deliveries were arranged during the day when Robert was in work.

Through the app you can see where your driver is at all times and it updates you through the different stages of delivery. I found that feature very handy as I could not only see how close they were to collecting a piece of furniture so I could give the third party a heads up of their arrival, but I could also see they’re about half an hour away so I have time to do a few things, or, they’re just around the corner, I better get my shit together.

No, this is not a sponsored post with GoFor. I wanted to share my experience of using their app as we’ve benefited from their service many times already and the guys who work behind the scenes are down to earth and very helpful. It’s an excellent service, speaking as someone who has a newfound penchant for buying large heavy pieces of furniture without any means of being able to collect them myself. So if you’re in the same situation as we are, I would highly recommend checking out their app.

GoFor is currently available here in Ottawa and in Nashville, Tennessee, and will be available in more cities soon. You can download GoFor on Google Play here or from the Apple Store here!


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  1. March 19, 2018 / 14:11

    This app is amazing for sure. Now I want to check out if it is available here! I can’t tell you how many times I have transported lumber that didn’t really fit in our tiny trailer.

    Thanks for sharing this resource! Now, speaking of building materials, I need to get a expansion flange. (Project up on my blog later).

    • March 22, 2018 / 12:54

      I had to Google what an expansion flange was and I’m still clueless. Haha! It looks like something sink or pipe related and that’s way outside of what I can DIY for now.

      And hopefully GoFor does become available there! It’s been so handy for us and I’m already finding more giant pieces of furniture to burden them with.

    • March 22, 2018 / 15:56

      Oooh, can’t wait to see what you get next! Ikea is my best friend right now. There isn’t a single blackout shade/blind/curtain in this house, so for cheap draperies, you can’t beat it. I don’t need to tell you about Ikea though. I feel like you are the master.

  2. March 20, 2018 / 06:43

    What a clever service!! Okay so someone needs to start this service in the UK stat. Brilliant… x

    • March 22, 2018 / 12:56

      I know!!! I’m so glad my friend gave me a heads up about them, otherwise we’d be without so many pieces for our home. IKEA alone at the time charged $75 for delivery, which would have been insane for us. They’ve since dropped their delivery prices, but GoFor are still more reasonably priced! They need to be in more cities soon.