I need to get a couple of sofas out of our flat. They won't go up the tight internal staircase, so they are going to have to go out of the first floor balcony. There's only one company that is allowed to drive their furniture lift onto the piazza beneath the balcony, and they charge £300 for three hours. Plus VAT, naturally.
Does anyone know of another way of getting them out, eg, how feasible do you think lowering them down on ropes would be, or does anyone know of a removals company who would undertake this sort of thing (that doesn't involve driving a truck with a crane on the back onto the piazza).
Incidentally, the sofas are in quite good condition and they were going to be picked up by the council for recycling, so if anyone feels they are capable of getting the sofas out of the window themselves, in exchange for the sofas, they are most welcome to them. Send me a private message if you'd like more info.
I'm coming to the same conclusion. The sofas aren't worth much at all in terms of cost (ie, I couldn't sell them for more than a tenner or so), so if it costs £350 to get them out of the window, the most efficient thing to do would be to chop them into bits with a panel saw and then donate £340 to charity. Shame.
I bet there is some Health and Safety law somewhere that would prevent you from attempting to lower furniture with a rope unless you were certified, the rope complied with some law and had been tested recently, etc, etc
If you decide to smash it up - make a party out of it to save the work load. Get some beers in, and some sledge hammers, and post the location/time here. I am sure a few of "the lads" will come around to help you drink the beer, smash up the sofa, bag it and help tidy up.
Incidentally, the quickest way to demolish a sofa (our sofa, at any rate) is to saw it into two (or thirds, if it's a three-seater), front-to-back. Remove any loose covers first, then using a pair of scissors, first cut the fabric where you are going to saw (the fabric is very hard to saw through). If there is any thin foam padding inside, tear it by hand. Next take a panel saw to it, and saw away until you've got three bits. Don't bother trying to use a pry-bar to split the sofa into bits, it's very hard work. Just chop it into bits.