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How Much Do Piano Movers Charge?

Jun 12, 2008
Many people struggle with the question of whether it is worth the cost of hiring piano movers. Often, they don't even explore the option because they assume that the cost will be prohibitive. But if you don't ask, you don't know for sure what the cost will be.

By the pure act of hiring separate movers, there will be an additional charge. But your furniture movers will then not charge you because they won't be dealing with the piano at all. It is the net cost that is the true price of moving the piano.

Depending on where you live, charges will vary based on cost of living, competition, experience, and a whole host of other factors. The best way to get a handle on what piano movers charge in your area is to call around and get a bunch of quotes to compare. You will also want to get a separate quote from your furniture movers for the relocation of the piano. Do not have the price bundled in with the cost of moving the rest of your belongings.

The piano movers in your area will likely quote you an hourly price multiplied by the number of hours estimated to complete the job or they will charge some type of standard fee. In order to give you an accurate quote they may need to come out and see your location and examine your instrument. The destination will also play a factor in the quote. Some moves are more inherently difficult than others. If the terrain (i.e. doorways, entranceways, stairs, etc.) is prohibitive of moving such a large piece of furniture, then costs will go up. The more difficult the move, the more manpower will be required, thus - the more expensive the move.

Distance and storage will also play a part. Are you moving across the country or across town? Will you need to store the piano at a storage facility for a few days before you have access to your new location? Some specialized piano movers also offer temperature controlled storage which is something that you may also want to consider.

Seasons may be another consideration in the cost. If it is a busy time of year for business, piano moving companies have more leverage to charge more.

And you must also consider insurance. Good, reputable piano movers are insured or may charge additional for insurance. It is always better to protect yourself against accidental damages.

In the end it may cost more for specialized piano movers but the peace of mind gained is priceless.
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