Heavy Furniture Moving Explained

7 years ago in Moving Tips
Jeremy Baker
Moving Specialist

When you start taking inventory of your home, especially the furnishings, think long and hard about your oversized objects. How did you manage to get that credenza inside anyway? And more importantly, how are you going to get it out now?

For furniture that will not fit through a doorway, stairwell or elevator, it will have to be dissembled in your old house, and reassembled in the new home. Are you prepared to take that on?

A number of reputable and reliable moving companies will provide this service at an additional cost. Everything from beds to dining room tables will be taken apart and put back together to make the move easier. There is an extra charge for this service of course, that is usually determined by the type of furniture and number of items you will need this service for.

Local Moves

A local, or intrastate move, is typically charged at an hourly rate. The move takes place over the course of one day with the same group of movers loading and unloading your belongings. While they may tack on an additional charge for particularly heavy items such as a piano, the disassembling and reassembling of other furniture will just take them longer, thus costing you more.

The extra expense is going to be worth the time it would take you to do the same. Beds may be easy to throw back together, but your kids bunk bed would likely take you hours. Movers will do it efficiently, and in a fraction of the time, giving you more time to set up your new house.

Long Distance Moves

Interstate moves differ both in pricing structure and services. Since you are being charged by mileage and weight, taking apart and putting back together furniture will usually be charged separately. The price will range depending on the type of furniture and how complex the construction is.

Another thing to take into consideration is that with long distance moves, there is a chance that the movers who disassemble and load the truck will not be the same as the ones in your destination. This could present a problem when it comes to putting it back together.

To save time, and money, some home owners will do the taking apart themselves so that they can at least provide guidance to the movers who are putting it back together. Many moving companies will charge separately for disassembly and assembly, allowing you to save on the moving bill.

Not only does taking items apart before removal help with getting them out of the house safely, this can save room on the truck. This is important if you are being charged for the truck dimensions needed to move your things.

When you are talking about expensive furnishings that you have invested, the safest way to protect them is by allowing the moving company to take them apart as necessary. The extra cost to you will be nothing compared to the cost of replacing a dining room table if the legs break off during a move.


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