Got a call from Katie at jersey jack a week ago, saying my hobbit had been built and was ready for delivery. $350 to leave it on a pallet in my driveway and $725 for white glove, including a flight of stairs.
Ideally, we'd like to put it on the second floor but I'm not sure it's even possible. The attached image shows the landing at the bottom of our stairs. The black square is how much room the pin would take if I removed the backbox (the movers won't know how to remove the backbox and I might not be home when they're there). The blue tape represents overhang from wood trim or stair edges. Between the blue tape at the edge of the first step and the black square is 6.5 inches.
Another data point is that I live in the northern Virginia area and there's a company around here that can rent escalera stair climbing hand trucks at 85 a day. I called escalera and the depth of the unit, not including the plate is 6.5". The plate is 4',and the frame itself is five. So, it might be possible to shimmy the toeplate under the pin but there won't be any room to tilt it back. It would have to lift it completely vertically for the first step.
If we had to, we could put the pin in the back of our living room on the first floor, but we do have a designated gameroom on the second floor. Also, if we were to pay for white glove delivery, I can't figure out if the movers could pull this off, both going up and eventually back down when it comes time to sell the house a few years down the road.