girl-342839_1280Let’s face it: the process of moving in New York City is never going to be a walk in Central Park. The problems peculiar to getting around in a very large, complex, and densely populated city are intensified when you’re also trying to transport big, bulky objects! Then, when you factor in things like stairs, tiny or nonexistent elevators, and narrow doorways and hallways, it sounds like a nightmare. But it doesn’t have to be!

You can make things much easier for everyone involved, including your moving company, by arranging for furniture disassembly; New York City is full of moving situations that make this procedure a necessity.

The average fully-assembled sofa takes two strong workers to move, even when there are no stairs or hallways to turn in. But, as experienced couch movers will attest, a same-floor move in wide, straight halls with no turns is a rarity—and, in New York, it’s almost nonexistent. Precisely positioning a large, heavy, irregularly-shaped piece of furniture so that it fits through outer entries into a narrow elevator (if there is one), or up a tight stairway with awkward overhangs and hairpin landings, is a fine art. The task has become even more demanding in recent years, because the average size of many new pieces–particularly sofas–has increased. There are startling images of massive new couches being hoisted on cranes through the windows of Manhattan apartments–fun to look at, maybe, but not so much fun if it’s your couch and your home! So let’s find a better solution.

If you suspect your sizeable furniture will be a potential problem for even expert movers, you may want to investigate the option of having your items taken apart for the move and put back together later. When you’re online or browsing the newspaper for listings of local service providers, look for “furniture disassembly NYC” or a similar headline. You’ll find the names of reputable furniture specialist companies that offer this service. These professionals can start by assessing your furniture, the building it’s in, and where it’s going before offering you an estimate and written guarantee of workmanship. Once hired, they’ll arrive in advance of the movers and carefully deconstruct your couch or other large items, keeping stock of all pieces. All components are twrapped in protective covering for the moving company to transport. At your new place, the specialists will reassemble the furniture so that you’ll never know it was taken apart.

Their guarantees should cover any problems incurred by the disassembly and reassembly processes, including any marring of woodwork and upholstery. Even if it’s minor, like applying a bit of couch stain remover to eliminate a dust smear, it’s included, with no extra charge or hassle for you! So make life easier and invest in a reputable furniture disassembly company for your NYC move.