Moving in an urban area presents special challenges. Traffic is often congested, streets can be narrow and parking limited. A wise mover checks the calendar before committing – even small moves on the day of a huge event in the city can be anything from frustrating, to catastrophic.  Urban dwellings, especially apartments in older buildings, can challenge movers with narrow doorways and staircases.  And all of these problems are compounded when you’re moving a big, heavy, expensive sofa. It pays to compare your options before you schedule a sofa delivery.

Furniture moving can be tough in urban areas like NYC
Furniture moving can be tough in urban areas like NYC

 

Your usual options for a sofa delivery are having the store deliver the sofa (if you bought it new); hiring a moving company to move the sofa; moving the sofa yourself; or some other option, such as furniture disassembly.

Furniture Store Delivery

Delivery of a new sofa direct from the furniture store can be convenient and professional. You can usually count on your sofa to arrive undamaged in your new home within a few days to a few weeks, depending on the availability of the movers. But of course, that convenience can be pricey, and you may not be able to choose which company does the moving. In general this solution will work for most people. But, keep in mind that the furniture must fit through your door or they will not bring it to your apartment. Luckily in urban areas, Dr. Sofa can help finish the job.

Moving Company Delivery

There is no shortage of moving companies in the New York City area, so if you choose to let professional movers perform your sofa delivery, you’ll have a wide selection of companies and prices. But here, too, the costs can rack up quickly. Packing supplies, boxes, and moving insurance can quickly transform a bargain into an expensive junket.

This is one way to move small furniture!
This is one way to move small furniture!

Moving it Yourself

Many people try to save money by moving their furniture themselves, with the help of family and friends. While this can work, it requires careful planning to be successful. You should check to be sure that your anticipated route will be clear on the day of the move. If you’ve rented a U-Haul or Budget truck, you should check the availability of parking outside your new home. If you’re moving a sofa, you must also measure the sofa and all openings through which it must pass on its journey – all doorways, all stairways, elevators and hallways. Be sure to pay special attention to tight corners. It’s also important to make sure that everyone who will be lifting furniture is wearing protective gear to prevent injury. If your move will be happening in the wintertime, you’ll also need to ensure that sidewalks and stairways on your move route are as free of ice as possible.

Furniture Disassembly in Urban Areas

If you have a large, unwieldy sofa that’s too big to fit through your new doorway (or if you just don’t want to have to wrestle your sofa in and out of a moving van), you can opt to have your sofa disassembled by a furniture moving professional. The professional will disassemble your sofa in your home, box up the pieces, move them quickly and easily to your new address, and reassemble them wherever you direct. This method has the advantage of bypassing common problems such as snarled traffic, a lack of available parking, narrow doorways or tight corners.