After weeks of preparation and a day (or more) of intense physical labor, Operation: New House is finished. You’re almost all moved in. Stand tall, soldier, and breath in the sweet, sweet smell of cardboard. For it smells of victory.

But, there’s a big problem. In your eagerness to pack up your old place, you may have overestimated the width of your new doorway. Now, your old couch doesn’t fit. What’s an exhausted and frustrated person to do?

Weep. Go ahead, let it all out. Moving is painful, and the last thing you need is more work when you thought you were all done.

But, in life and in moving, what you need and what you get are usually two very different things. If you find yourself with a couch that will not, no matter how you twist or turn it, fit through the front door, you have a few choices, none of them particularly desirable.

First, you can get creative. Did you take the door off its hinges? Can you remove the legs from the couch? Is there another way into the house? Perhaps a large window you can hoist the piece of furniture through? It won’t be fun, but it beats having to leave your couch outside or in the lobby all night.

If you tried every trick you can think of and there is still no way to get the furniture in, call an expert. Moving companies will often have tips and tricks that they can impart. In 2007, the New York Times wrote a story about a man known as Dr. Sofa, who helps people get their couches over the threshold. The good doctor and his merry staff will take apart the sofa (including the upholstery) and then put it back together once it’s through the doorway.

If you’ve tried alternate entrance points and you’ve tried talking to experts and nothing is working, it may be time to surrender. Wave the white flag, post an ad on Craigslist, and be done with it. You won’t get much cash, but you’ll be rid of the couch and will have learned a valuable lesson: Always measure before moving.