There are several reasons why you should hire a professional to move your piano, but in a nutshell, it comes down to one issue: Safety! Professional piano movers with experience can guarantee the safety of you and the instrument.
Moving a piano—whether it is an upright piano, a baby piano, a grand piano, or even a rocket piano—is dangerous and can easily result in injuries to the movers and moving a piano can damage the piano, likely one of your most expensive investments. Whether you need to move your piano just a short distance in your home or you’re relocating and need your piano moved across the city, state, or country, working with a professional piano move company with a piano dolly and other equipment required is not just a good ideal—it is essential.
Pianos aren’t Furniture
Many people make the mistake of thinking a piano is no different than a piece of furniture. After all, there are plenty of people who own pianos who do not play them but use them in much the same way as furniture décor or an art piece. Unfortunately, treating a piano like furniture when you move it is a big mistake.
Pianos weigh at least several hundred pounds and can be over 1000 pounds. They feature keys, wires, pedals, and other components. Each of these can be damaged in the move and each is expensive to replace. To move a piano properly, you need the right tools and have the knowledge about how to move a piano without damaging it.
Won’t Hiring a Piano Mover Cost More?
Chances are, you’re going to pay more for an experienced piano mover than you would hiring a standard moving company. And, of course, it will cost more than moving it on your own.
However, in the long run, you’ll end up saving money because you reduce the risk of damage to the piano. And, if damage does occur and you’re working with a professional piano moving company, they’re responsible for the cost of the damage. Working with an experienced piano moving company is an investment and should be treated as such.
Piano moving rates vary, so if you’re concerned about the cost, contact a few different piano movers and get quotes. Even if you’re limited to those with experience moving pianos, you can still shop for the best deal. Also keep in mind the size and weight of the piano, your destination, and whether or not moving upstairs is required because these things can increase the cost.
Why Can’t a Standard Moving Company Just Move My Piano?
This is a question asked by countless piano owners. Many assume professional movers can handle it all and they trust their piano to their regular movers. Unfortunately, as qualified as a standard moving company might be, this doesn’t mean they’re able to handle a piano. Some moving companies do offer piano moving services, which will make planning your move much easier.
However, offering piano moving shouldn’t be something they “just agree to do” after you’ve schedule your move with them. If you’d like one moving company to handle the entirety of your move, including the piano, you need to speak with them about their piano moving experience up front. Think of it this way: A company qualified to move your piano is either a piano moving company or furniture and piano moving company, not a moving company that happens to move pianos.
It’s also important to think about the size, weight, and shape of a piano. In most cases, pianos don’t fit through doors or around corners, which means the instrument needs to be taken apart and reassembled once you reach your destination. This is something a standard mover will have no experience in dealing with.
The Right Tools for the Job
Piano movers tend to have special tools that make it possible to safely relocate a piano. They use a piano dolly or several dollies and skid boards to make it possible to move a thousand pounds of wood and other materials from place to place. Even if you were considering moving a piano on your own and intended to invest in the equipment to make it manageable, you’d be spending several hundred dollars for the board alone. In most cases, for less than the cost of the equipment you’d need to safely move a piano, you could hire a professional piano moving company to do it for you.
If you’re moving your piano within your home, you need to work with an experienced professional, but you don’t need to be concerned with the transportation method. However, if you are moving your home to another location, you’ll need a company that has the proper trucks for transporting pianos. Road hazards can affect the safety of your piano, so you want to be sure the moving company has the right equipment to keep the piano stable while in motion. It’s also important to have a truck large enough to carry your piano—something you’re unlikely to have if you’re thinking about doing it on your own.
Moving a Piano after a Purchase
Have you just purchased a piano and need help getting it from the showroom or store to your home or other location? We can help with that, too. We’ve worked with professional and community musicians, schools, and regular individuals who have invested in a piano and need help getting it moved.
We’re also able to help you if you sell pianos. Offering delivery of a piano that you’ve just sold is one of the best ways to get your customer started off on the right foot with their new piece. You’ll not only set a great example and show them how important it is to call on professional piano movers when the time comes to relocate the instrument, you’ll also provide a value-added service that will make it easier to sell your customers on shopping with you in the first place.
If you need to move a piano, A440 Pianos can help. Give us a call or email us, or fill out the contact form and we’ll get in touch with you. We’re experienced piano movers who understand how important your instrument is to you, and we’ll make sure it gets from one location to another safely.