Furniture won't fit through new door

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  • Laurasplog
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    Haha! Fortunately/unfortunately one of the two tenants has actually moved into another property we own! (Sans sofabed thank goodness). Latest complaint is that there was a lightbulb missing in the new property, so yes, you might be right about them being a bit precious...

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  • mind the gap
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    That's good. It sounds as though you are well shut of them. They sound a bit precious!

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  • Laurasplog
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    Thanks all for your help. The tenants managed to get the sofa out somehow, with no damage noted.

    The new door is definitely narrower than the old one, plus the positioning of the door handle means that it doesn't "open" as wide as it used to, as the handle makes contact with the wall sooner than the old one did (if that makes sense).

    Anyway, crisis averted at no cost to us!

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  • MisterB
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    Originally posted by Laurasplog View Post
    I have given them permission to employ their own contractor to do the work (on condition that the door is refitted appropriately), do I need to do more?

    Thanks in advance for your help.
    so, a week later, how did it all go?

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  • johnboy
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    The property was let as furnished so surely its the tenants fault they decided to bring their own furniture. I do agree though, if the door is a standard size the sofa should be able to be jiggled out (unless the sofa is a odd or extra large size). Having done a fair bit of furniture removing myself over the years it is sometimes a art trying to work out how to get a piece through a opening.

    I would be first tempted to tell the tenants its their problem to resolve and see what their response is. Also have you looked at if its possible to remove the door and not the frame as that would give you a couple more inches (no jokes please).

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  • mind the gap
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    Ericthelobster,

    There are specialist companies which dismantle and transport grand pianos, at a price.

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  • dazwalsh
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    have you been able to check yourself if the sofa will fit?

    Some people have zero common sense when it comes to getting the furniture to the correct angle to fit through the door, its a possibility that they are going about it the wrong way.

    As suggested above, open the door to 90' and lift the door upwards and it should just slide up and off its hinges. sometimes the hinges are a bit more advanced and it may not be possible but this should give you a few more inches to play with.

    Darren

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  • Ericthelobster
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    In my Mum's house there's a baby grand piano belonging to my late father, which has been there for almost 60 years. They built an extension and had substantial alterations done in the sixties. They knew full well at the time that the building plans would mean that it would not be possible to extricate the treasured piano from the house, and as they never had plans to move, it just stayed put, bundled up in cushions and dustsheets, and my father subsequently played it daily for the rest of his life.

    However, with my mother now in her 80s, unfortunately the results of that particular decision a likely to bite me very hard on the backside in the not-to-distant future. I suspect that sadly the solution will ultimately involve a sledgehammer, with financial considerations deciding whether it gets applied to an outside wall of the house, or the piano

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  • Berlingogirl
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    I've now got Bernard Cribbins singing 'Right said Fred' stuck in head. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

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  • Berlingogirl
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    I can't get my double oven out of my front door which is upvc so it'll have to go out through the conservatory! My back door is wider than the front. And upvc door frames do take up more room than wooden ones. I wouldn't pay for the Ts furniture to be removed. I'd tell them they could get a professional in to remove and reinstate the new door, at their expense.

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  • PaulF
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    Can they remove the legs (of the sofa that is!)?

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  • Ericthelobster
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    Originally posted by MisterB View Post
    it does seem strange to me that the furniture wont fit through a standard door opening, if that's how it went in in the first place (even though the door and frame were subsequently replaced) - I doubt I would do anything on the basis that they made no comment when you had the door fitted
    Not really - uPVC door frames are pretty wide compared with conventional timber ones

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  • MisterB
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    I know its a pain (as opposed to a pane of course) BUT if you do have to have the door and frame removed and reinstalled, so long as it was done properly there shouldn't be too much problem. it does seem strange to me that the furniture wont fit through a standard door opening, if that's how it went in in the first place (even though the door and frame were subsequently replaced) - I doubt I would do anything on the basis that they made no comment when you had the door fitted, they decided to place their own furniture in the property even though you had provided furniture for them. you have already given them permission to engage a contractor, let them get on with it, I would also be looking very carefully at any damage done to wall coverings etc after they have moved !!

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  • Laurasplog
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    I would normally agree with you, but it's a fourth floor flat, with only tiny windows facing the exit side of the building. So unfortunately it's the door or nothing.

    My gut feel was that I shouldn't pay for it, as the door was installed in good faith after the tenants complained about the old one.

    I just wanted to check here to get an opinion, as technically the door is a different one to the one that was there when they signed the tenancy agreement.

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  • Berlingogirl
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    I agree with jj. It might be easier to remove a pane of glass.

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