LOCAL PIANO MOVERS AND LONG DISTANCE MOVING SERVICES
As you may know, piano moving is not an easy job. The size and weight of the instrument make them hard to move. Professional piano movers with sufficient experience handle the set-up and transportation of your piano. We always apply special dedication to avoid any damage to the owner's property. Piano Restoration Center offers local and long distance piano moving services at a fair price. If you are looking for punctuality and a quality piano moving company - contact us for your next move.
You can trust the experienced movers that Carlos Farina offers. Call us today at (972) 271-2200.
COST OF PIANO MOVING SERVICES
Moving a piano is not like moving a piece of furniture. More often than not, pianos are treasured family heirlooms that have been passed down generation after generation. Depending on the make, size, and age, costs can vary anything between $3,000 to $100,000. Additionally, close to 1,500 lbs - pianos are extremely heavy and require special equipment to safely transport them.
Professional piano movers equipped to care for your valuable possession while transporting your piano is the right choice for this job.
To move a studio upright piano within the same city with a single flight of stairs, will cost you somewhere around $600-$2,000.
PIANO MOVING PROCESS
While moving a piano may seem like a simple task to someone who doesn't have the experience, it is a complicated process and requires proper training. You can expect our professionals to turn up on the scheduled moving day with a specially-equipped truck, ramp, moving dolly, skid board, locking belts, moving pads and blankets. We will also have the necessary tools to dismantle the piano for transport if needed.
Smaller pianos are usually moved in one piece. If you have an upright piano, your mover may start by placing a blanket on on side of the piano. Then the movers will lift the other side and position the dolly right in the center below the pedals. While moving a grand piano, the movers may choose to remove the three legs, the pedal box, and the music rack and then tilt the pane on the long end onto a skid board.
We always make sure the piano’s lid is closed and locked to prevent any damage to the keys during transport. The body will also be covered with moving pads and secured with tape to prevent scratches.
Whether it’s room to room, across the state or nationwide – we handle every piano with the care it deserves
Piano Restoration Center makes the Moving process easy for our customers
While it can be tempting to try and save money by moving it yourself, you might end up losing more money if you end up moving your piano wrong or injuring yourself, potentially causing permanent damage to the instrument. Despite their heavy weight and bulky appearance, pianos are extremely delicate instruments with over 1,000 integrate moving parts.
Even professional movers might not have the required experience in this area. This is why hiring a professional who specializes in pianos is always the preferred choice when moving a piano. An expert with experience moving pianos, knows how to take the instrument apart and reassemble it when necessary and will have the right tools to complete the job.
Call Carlos Farina today at (972) 271-2200 for a free moving estimate.
Piano Restoration Center will estimate your piano moving quote based on the following information.
Depending on the type of piano and difficulty level of moving the instrument to and from the truck, you can expect the move to cost as given below.
Local moves within the same city $150-$800
Long distance moves within the country $600-$2,000
Overseas shipping Around $3,500, excluding moving costs at destination
How much does it cost to buy a piano?
Depending on the size, make and model, pianos can cost anywhere between $3,000 and $100,000.
How do you move a piano?
It is advisable to hire a professional piano mover who can move it the right way without causing damage to the instrument or property. If you have to move your piano yourself, make sure you have proper piano moving equipment such as a 4-wheel dolly and moving ramp for moving the piano, moving pads/blankets to protect it, packing tape etc. You will also have to enlist the help of at least 3-6 strong and healthy people who can lift the piano.
How much does it cost to tune a piano?
On an average, piano tuning costs about $150-$300.
How much does it cost to ship a piano?
International shipping costs for a piano can go up to $3,500, excluding transportation and unpacking costs at the destination.
How much does it cost to move a piano?
Inter-city piano moves can range from $150 to $800, depending on the size and type of piano, timing, obstacles in moving path etc. Long-distance moving costs within the country range from $600 to $2,000.
How much does an upright piano weight?
Small upright pianos weight about 400 lbs. Bigger upright pianos can be as heavy as 900 lbs.
Can you lay a piano on its back to move it?
Moving a piano on its back can cause a lot of damage to the instrument. It is not meant for this purpose.
TYPE AND SIZE OF PIANO
The size, type, make and model of the piano will determine the value, estimated labor and tools required to calculate the cost of the job. Make sure to specify the piano correctly as upright or grand. While measuring the size of an upright piano, measure from the floor to the lid. If you have a grand piano, you should measure from one end of the keyboard to the bow.
Obstacles that add to the difficulty of moving the piano in and out of a house can greatly increase the total costs. For example, if your piano is located on the second floor of your house, be prepared for additional costs to cover the labor required for every flight of stairs. Every stairway turn must also be considered. Other obstacles like difficult terrain (dirt, gravel or trees in the moving path) and narrow spaces can also increase your piano moving costs.
Plan your move in advance to get your choice of piano mover and a reasonable price. However, avoid placing a time limit on the move as it can increase the cost. The more flexible you are, the more money you will save. Be prepared to be available all day on the day of the move. Piano movers usually arrange their schedules in a way as to make the most efficient use of time and fuel.
Piano moving requires special boards and dollies that are used to transport heavy items without causing damage and may not be ordinarily available around the house. Piano Restoration Center uses specially-equipped trucks with ramps and hydraulic lifts, fitted with rings and clips to secure the piano properly during transportation.
Piano Restoration Center will quote your move with a variable fixed rate based on estimated number of hours required to complete the job. Depending on the instrument’s weight and size, we may contract 2-5 employees for the job. The hourly rate includes the cost of labor and equipment used. Fixed rates are generally in the range of $150-$400 for short distance moves.
ENHANCEMENT AND IMPROVEMENT COSTS
If your new home does not have enough space to accommodate a piano or you need to store your piano temporarily for some reason, you can arrange your piano to be stored in a climate-controlled facility for $50-$60 a month. Lifting a piano using a crane through a window can cost you around $750-$2,000 more.
ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS AND COSTS
Piano Restoration Center transports pianos on their end, not on their side. Laying a piano down on its side can play havoc with its internal workings.
Our movers will ensure that your piano is securely strapped against the side of the moving truck to prevent any damages while traveling. If the piano has to be moved outside, our movers will be sure your piano is securely wrapped in plastic sheets or blankets.
Our movers never roll or push pianos around on their casters.
These are mostly decorative and can cause damage to the floors, especially if you have carpets or hardwood finishes. If your piano was kept in the same place for a long time, the casters may have deteriorated in strength and pushing can cause the legs to get jammed and snap.
Our movers are insured to cover accidental damage to property & piano replacement.
We will always send licensed and insured movers. Additional insurance, can be purchased if required. Ask our experts for a written estimate that includes the make and model of the instrument.
You may need to have your piano re-tuned after moving to account for climate and humidity changes. High humidity can cause the wood to swell and expand, pulling the piano strings taught and creating sharper notes. On the other hand, if you move to a low-humidity area, the strings may go flat or form splits, causing buzzing. However, this should not be tuned immediately. We recommend giving your piano time to adjust to the humidity in the new place.
Since different brands use different types and qualities of wood, even the same type of piano may weigh different across brands. For example, older brands like Fazioli and Bosendorfer are typically heavier than a typical Steinway.
Generally, moving estimates do not include waiting time. If you are not ready at the scheduled moving time or if no one is available at the new location to accept the delivery, your move may cost you additional fees for waiting. Rescheduling fees can also be avoided.
Remember to take pictures of your piano.
Take pictures of the piano before it is packed and again before it is unloaded from the moving van to document any signs of possible damage. This can help you if you have to make any insurance claims later.
GET YOUR FREE MOVING ESTIMATE
Contact Piano Restoration Center to request your free piano moving estimate today.