If you had to name some things that should never be done in the winter, moving furniture is probably high on that list. For one thing, if you have to move in winter, you probably won’t be able to avoid using professional movers, because you know your friends aren’t going to help you. And you can’t really blame them. No one wants to schlep a piano or bookcase up a flight of icy stairs when it’s sleeting. The chance of damage to your furniture, and even serious injury to you or your friends, is much higher when you move in bad weather conditions.
But even if you somehow persuade your friends to help you under such conditions, they’re likely not moving professionals who would know how to safely transport heavy pieces of furniture in adverse conditions. A moving truck is harder to maneuver on residential streets when it’s icy. Parking places are harder to find. If the weather is bad enough, these difficulties may be compounded by snarled traffic or closed secondary streets.
And yet, sometimes it just can’t be helped. Sometimes you have to move when you’d rather not. But fortunately, you do have another option besides a risky move with the help of your friends.
There are some furniture movers in NYC who perform expert furniture disassembly and reassembly. Instead of trying to move heavy pieces such as sofas, pool tables or bookcases by sheer brute strength, these pros make the move in a smart way. They carefully take your furniture apart, transport the smaller pieces, and then reassemble them in your new home or apartment.
This method has many advantages. For one thing, it makes a risky winter move exponentially easier. You don’t have to worry about your friends (or even your movers) slipping on the ice. You don’t have to be concerned that the doorway to your apartment might be too small for the sofa to get in, or that the building stairs or elevator might be too narrow. A quick couch disassembly and reassembly means those are no longer problems. And when you get your disassembled furniture to your new space, that honking couch won’t be in the way while you get your other things unpacked. You can leave it for last to make your settling in more efficient.
Even a pool table disassembly is no big deal for a true furniture pro. Compare the ease and efficiency of moving a pool table in boxes, versus lugging the whole thing up a flight of stairs to your third floor apartment! Furniture disassembly can also be surprisingly affordable, especially if you factor in the cost of a “bad weather” premium at the movers, or the cost of a broken limb to you or one of your friends.
There are many furniture pros who can make your next winter move safer and more affordable. Contact a furniture pro to see if furniture disassembly might be the right move for you.