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When moving house, it’s important to think carefully about what furniture you want to take with you. Furniture, sadly, can’t exactly be packed away into a suitcase; most of the time it is so bulky, heavy, awkwardly shaped or some mixture of the three that movers will choose to leave it behind or get rid of it, rather than pay to take it to their new home.

That being said, this is not always possible. You might have furniture that is particularly expensive, or you could have a few antiques. Maybe you simply don’t want to have to go through the trouble of finding a replacement so soon after you finish moving.

Sofas, in particular, can be tricky to shift on moving day. In many cases it can be difficult to squeeze a sofa through a door without damaging either the piece or the door frame. Weight can also be an issue, especially for anybody moving on their own.

In order to avoid this problem, movers may opt to remove a door or window so that there is more space to lift the sofa through. While this option can take a while, it can also be simpler and less stressful, provided that you know what you are doing of course.

When it comes to moving your furniture, the best option will usually be to hire a highly-rated local removal firm. Not only will they be able to offer the manpower, vehicles and insurance to transport your belongings safely, but they should also have the tools and experience to remove and replace any windows or doors without incident.

As always, be sure to check reviews for each of your candidates before making a decision. It will be a good idea to collect at least five different quotes in order to gain a good idea of the average cost for your local area, though you should also be sure to book well in advance. Remember, if you will need to be removing windows or doors on your moving day, you will want to be able to arrange everything else in plenty of time.

Preparing to move a sofa

Before you get started, it is worth examining the sofa in question. Depending on the design, it may have detachable parts, such as the cushions and feet. Taking these off should make getting the sofa out of your house much simpler, though you should also be sure to pack the pieces away in clearly marked boxes. You will also need make a note of any parts that stick out, as these are likely to cause damage when moving the sofa through a window or door frame.

Next, make sure that the area is clear of any rubbish. The last thing you want to do is trip and drop your end of the sofa while you are carrying it along. It can also be a nightmare to drop any screws, hinges or other pieces on a messy floor, especially if you are in a hurry.

Finally, check to see what you will be removing from the window or door and ensure that you have the necessary tools to do so. Remember, you do not want to remove anything that cannot be reattached with screws and bolts. Anything beyond that will take time and expertise to fit back into place, neither of which will be within easy reach on the moving day itself.

Removing a window to get a sofa in or out

In most cases, the job of removing a window should be left to a local glazier or window fitter, especially if you’re removing a upvc window frame. However, if your remover has inspected and assessed your property prior to the moving day, they should bring the tools and expertise required remove your window if necessary. If not, you will want to let them know yourself well in advance.

It is also worth pointing out that replacing a window can be expensive if removing it goes wrong. The cost of fixing the window in time for your old home’s new occupants could be more than the value of your sofa, so keep this in mind before trying anything drastic!

Part of the reason for this is that removing a window incorrectly can cause serious damage to the surrounding walls, as well as the panes. This can also compromise your home’s heating, which could bring the building below regulation standards. In other words, if you have a large sofa and a small window, you could save yourself a huge headache by either getting rid of the sofa or leaving everything to an experienced and properly-equipped professional.

Start by carefully taking out any moving parts, such as opening saches and hinges. This should allow you to remove the glass window or double glazed unit. As always, be sure to store these pieces, along with the screws, in a clearly marked container.

Remember, removing the frame or side jams will usually require a hacksaw and crowbar. It can be difficult to undo this kind of work in a hurry, so do not rush into it on your moving day.

Removing a door to get a sofa in or out

Removing doors, especially internal doors, is usually much easier than taking out windows. Part of the reason is that internal doors are less likely to compromise your property’s heating if they are hung a little incorrectly. That being said, safely removing and rehanging a door can still be a tricky job, especially for one person.

Start by supporting the door from below using a wedge or door stand. This will keep the weight off of the hinges and make it easier to lift the door off.

The next step will depend on the type of door in question. With some, you will simply need to remove the hinge pins before being able to lift the door away. In this case, use a flathead screwdriver or chisel to get under the pinheads, then tap them up using a hammer or lift them out using pliers.

If the door is screwed to its hinges, you will need to use a screwdriver to detach each of them in turn. Be sure to start by unscrewing each screw part way at first, as removing a single hinge will interfere with the weight distribution. Have a friend hold the door in place while you take each hinge off, then help them move the door itself so that it does not scratch your floor. Remember, external doors can be extremely heavy, so be sure to lend a hand!

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