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Moving Large Furniture

Moving is very time consuming and it can certainly get expensive because there are so many details to work out, and one of these details involves how to handle over-sized pieces of furniture.  You need to determine ahead of time whether your furniture will squeeze through the doors of your new home, and if not whether it will fit through a window.  It may seem like a minor detail, but if this is overlooked during the moving process, it can end up costing you a lot of stress and frustration, not to mention money.  With everything else going on, this is definitely something you don’t need.  What we suggest is that you take a look at our recommendations so that you can plan in advance how you’re going to move your large pieces of furniture.

Planning A Move Involving Large Furniture
Before you move it is important to determine whether your furniture will fit through the door and/or window so that you can plan accordingly.  If it will not pass through either, you may be able to disassemble it, use a rigging service or sell those pieces and replace with new furniture. Drawing up a floor plan will help to make your move easier.  You need to measure the size of each large piece of furniture before moving it. Measure the doors, corridors, windows and hallways of your current home as well as your new place.  You must figure out how you’re going to move those pieces out of your current home and whether you can move it into your new apartment or house.  You need to plan the exact route your movers will take in moving each of these pieces out of your old house and into the new one.

If your sofa is just too large and will not fit through the doorway, you may be able to dismantle it.  Plan out the route and how you’re going to move it ahead of time.  What areas of the home does your furniture need to pass through?  It might be that you will have to lift and turn a large piece of furniture, like your sofa, vertical and on an angle to get it out of the house and into your new place.  Envision everything in your mind ahead of time, down to the last detail.  You do not want to move your sofa out of the room and down a flight of stairs before finding out that there is not enough room to rotate it so it will fit through the front door.  This is why you must plan the route for every large piece of furniture before moving day.  If you don’t think you can do this yourself, call your movers to send someone out to look at the furniture ahead of time so they know what needs to be done to move it.

If Your Furniture Will Not Fit
If you’ve already started the process of moving or you know that certain pieces of furniture will not fit through the door or a window, here are some ideas of how to proceed:

Is there some way to dismantle this piece? If this solution works for you, then find a specialist who has the skills and tools to do it.  Contact your moving company to find out if they offer this service and if their experts can do this without damaging your furniture. Most movers can help you out with this so you don’t need to struggle with it yourself. This usually is a lot easier and less expensive than working with a hauling service.

If your furniture piece cannot be safely dismantled, you may want to determine whether it can be moved through a window. Moving it through a window on the first floor of your home is not going to be as difficult as it would be if were upstairs on the second floor.  If this piece is currently on the second floor or if it is going to be furnishing the second floor of your new home, your movers will want to plan this in advance and bring the proper equipment. Let them know upfront so they can give you a price for this service.

If it simply will not fit into your new home, as a last resort you can simply leave it, perhaps by selling it to the new owner or tenant. Otherwise you can donate it, give it away or just toss it out. This gives you a chance to buy new furniture.  If you can move it out of your current home, you can put it into storage if you’re not yet ready to part with it. Sometimes people need to use an item until the very last second so they can’t sell it any sooner. In this case getting a storage unit makes sense.

Get a quote upfront from your mover. Determine which services you will need and have them give you a quote for the entire cost of your move. This includes dismantling any pieces, moving them out through the window and perhaps in through a window at your new home.  The tips offered in this article should help you plan your move ahead of time and allow you and your movers to be organized well in advance for moving day.

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