Everything You Need To Know About Piano Moving

Everything You Need To Know About Piano Moving

Moving can be a​ very stressful time in​ a​ person’s life, especially if​ he or​ she has not hired appropriate help to​ move their furniture. Piano moves can be especially stressful, because the mover needs to​ have special knowledge and​ skills to​ safely move the piano. in​ this​ article I have outline a​ few frequently asked questions about piano moving in​ order to​ help understand​ what is​ involved in​ moving a​ piano and​ prepare you​ with the information​ to​ choose the right mover. at​ the end of​ the article, I have listed some questions that you​ can ask to​ help you​ choose your​ piano mover, as​ well as​ the information​ that you​ should have ready in​ order for​ the mover to​ be sufficiently prepared for​ your​ move.

Why do I need to​ hire a​ professional piano mover?

Many of​ you​ may be wondering why you​ would need to​ hire a​ professional piano moving company to​ move your​ piano, rather than using the household mover who is​ moving the rest of​ the contents of​ your​ house. The main​ reason​ for​ hiring a​ professional piano mover is​ that many household movers do not have adequate training or​ equipment to​ properly move a​ piano.

The average upright piano weighs between 400 and​ 900 pounds. Grand​ pianos can weigh between 650 and​ 1300 pounds. The value of​ a​ piano can vary from a​ few hundred dollars to​ 500,000 dollars depending on​ the make, model, age and​ condition​ of​ the piano. The majority of​ piano moves involve moving the instrument through a​ tight space such as​ a​ small door frame or​ staircase. in​ some cases, the piano may need to​ be dismantled in​ order to​ get it​ out of​ your​ house. Using and​ experienced professional piano mover will drastically minimize the risk of​ damage to​ the instrument and​ to​ your​ home.

As a​ piano mover, I have come across many cases where a​ customer has hired a​ household piano mover to​ move their piano and​ has had to​ make an​ emergency call to​ us because the household mover could not get the piano out of​ his or​ her house. in​ other cases, I have received calls from customers who had hired a​ non-reliable piano mover because their price was much lower, and​ had to​ book an​ emergency move with us, because that piano mover did not show up to​ move their piano or​ call to​ explain​ why they were not there.

How are pianos moved?

When you​ hire a​ professional piano mover, you​ can expect 2-3 people to​ come to​ your​ home equipped with piano skids, moving pads, ramps, slings, and​ the knowledge of​ how to​ move your​ piano safely. They will use special techniques to​ maneuver the piano out of​ your​ house. When the piano is​ put on​ the truck, it​ will be safely secured to​ the vehicle in​ order to​ avoid damage during transport. in​ the most difficult moves, 4-6 people may be used. Generally when a​ piano is​ moved by someone other than a​ professional piano mover, this​ equipment, knowledge and​ these safety precautions are not employed. While hiring a​ professional piano mover does not completely eliminate the risk of​ damage, it​ will drastically reduce this​ risk. Furthermore, a​ good piano mover will assess the situation​ and​ inform you​ if​ there is​ a​ chance of​ damage before he or​ she begins the move, and​ will give you​ the option​ of​ proceeding or​ not.

Are all professional piano movers equal?

Unfortunately, as​ in​ any trade, each piano moving company varies in​ their level of​ quality and​ experience. Some piano movers are better equipped and​ more prepared than others and​ act with more care and​ integrity than others. The best way to​ find a​ good piano mover is​ to​ call around to​ your​ local piano stores, piano technicians and​ piano teachers to​ find out which company they use. Piano stores in​ particular have a​ high stake in​ ensuring that they use reliable, high quality piano movers who have the least risk of​ damaging their instruments and​ are properly insured in​ the event that the unforeseen does happen.

Are all piano movers similarly insured?

Sadly, the answer to​ this​ question​ is​ no.
There are 3 types of​ insurance to​ consider when hiring a​ piano mover:
1. Commercial/automotive insurance: is​ the company insured against damage to​ property and​ or​ vehicles?
2. Cartage/content insurance: is​ the company insured against damage to​ the piano?
3. Workman’s Safety Insurance: is​ the company insuring its workers against injury?
Some piano moving companies are insured for​ 1 or​ 2 of​ these types of​ insurance, but not all 3. it​ is​ the buyer’s responsibility to​ make sure that he/she is​ properly insured, not the moving company. it​ is​ a​ good idea to​ ask about these 3 types of​ insurance when you​ are phoning piano moving companies, and​ also to​ ask what amount of​ insurance your​ piano will be covered for. a​ properly insured moving company should provide you​ with a​ Bill of​ lading, which is​ a​ legal document stating what is​ being moved, the names of​ all parties involved in​ the move, where the piano is​ being moved from and​ to, and​ the full declared insured value of​ the instrument. The Bill of​ lading should also include the moving company’s terms of​ cartage. as​ a​ legal document, a​ proper bill of​ lading helps to​ ensure that the piano mover will repair any damages that were incurred during the move (unless a​ damage waiver was signed). it​ is​ also important to​ note that any damage caused to​ your​ piano or​ your​ property must be noted on​ the bill of​ lading to​ ensure that you​ have proper recourse if​ any action​ is​ needed.

Why is​ worker injury important to​ me?

you​ may be wondering why it​ is​ important that you​ ensure that the piano mover you​ hire has Workman’s Safety Insurance. When you​ contract a​ moving company, they are considered your​ employee for​ the time that they are working for​ you. if​ you​ hire a​ moving company that is​ not covered for​ Workman’s Safety Insurance, you​ are accepting full liability for​ any employees who are injured while working for​ you. your​ liability will extend to​ medical bills, lost wages and​ possibly civil law suits. a​ company who is​ covered for​ Workman’s Safety Insurance will take care of​ most of​ these problems for​ you. Some companies do not pay their required insurance premiums and​ are therefore not covered for​ all injury insurance claims. you​ may ask the company that you​ are hiring to​ provide you​ with an​ up-to-date workman’s safety insurance clearance certificate, in​ order to​ ensure that you​ are properly covered. to​ be absolutely sure that the moving company’s coverage is​ up to​ date, you​ can contact your​ local Workman’s Compensation​ or​ Workman’s Safety Insurance board to​ check on​ the company’s status.

Does moving the piano affect the sound of​ my piano?

The actual move of​ the piano does not affect the sound or​ tuning of​ a​ piano. Generally piano tuning is​ affected by changes in​ temperature and​ humidity which cause the wooden and​ steel parts of​ your​ piano to​ expand​ and​ contract. you​ will probably need to​ tune your​ piano a​ few weeks after moving it, after it​ acclimatizes to​ its new location. Other factors that may affect the sound of​ your​ piano are the size and​ acoustics of​ the room in​ which the piano is​ located. Carpet absorbs sound, while hardwood reflects it. Sound reinforces in​ small spaces, seeming louder, while in​ large spaces the sound gets lost, seeming quieter.

How much does it​ cost to​ move a​ piano?

Piano moving is​ generally billed in​ one of​ two ways:
1. The household mover way – hourly rate, with a​ minimum number of​ hours (usually min. = 3 hours)
2. The professional piano mover way – flat rate based on​ the following factors:
a. Type (upright, grand) and​ size of​ piano
b. Distance being moved
c. Difficulty level due to​ stairs, grass pulls, tight turns etc.
d. Time restraints place on​ the move
e. Waiting time that might be incurred.
The advantage of​ a​ flat rate system is​ that, barring any unforeseen events, you​ be able to​ get an​ accurate idea of​ what the move will cost you​ before the movers arrive at​ your​ house and​ it​ is​ often less expensive than the hourly rate.

How much notice do I need to​ give the Piano Mover?

The amount of​ notice needed will depend on​ when and​ where you​ need the piano to​ be moved. Most piano movers book their deliveries on​ a​ first come, first served basis. if​ it​ is​ a​ high traffic time of​ year, you​ may need up to​ one month’s notice. in​ a​ lower traffic time of​ year, you​ may only need one or​ two day’ notice. Generally, if​ you​ need your​ piano moved on​ a​ specific day, you​ should book the delivery well in​ advance to​ make sure it’s available to​ you.

Below are listed some recommended questions to​ ask when you​ are looking to​ hire a​ piano mover:

1. How long have you​ been moving pianos?
2. Do you​ have any references?
3. Do you​ have full-time, trained staff moving pianos for​ you?
4. How do you​ charge for​ moving, and​ what are your​ rates?
5. What days of​ the week do you​ move pianos, and​ what is​ your​ availability?
6. Are you​ covered for​ Commercial/automotive insurance, Cartage/content insurance, and​ workman’s safety insurance?
7. Will you​ provide me with a​ copy of​ your​ workman’s safety insurance clearance certificate?
8. What amount will my piano be insured for​ during the move? What does this​ insurance cover?
9. What are your​ terms of​ cartage? Will you​ provide me with a​ copy?
10. Will I be provided will a​ bill of​ lading when my piano is​ moved?

Listed below is​ the information​ that you​ should have prepared when you​ book your​ piano move:

1. What type of​ piano is​ it​ that you​ require to​ be moved? (Upright or​ Grand​ Piano)
2. What size of​ piano is​ it? (upright pianos are measured by height [floor to​ lid] and​ grand​ pianos are measured by longest length [keyboard to​ curve in​ bow end])
3. Where is​ it​ being picked up from? (Have full address including postal or​ zip code)
4. Where is​ it​ being delivered to? (Have full address including postal or​ zip code)
5. Are there any stairs that the piano needs to​ go up or​ down (inside and​ outside)? if​ so, how many? Are they straight, spiraled or​ curved? Based on​ what you​ tell the piano mover, he/she will tell you​ how many people they believe it​ will accomplish your​ move. Missing important details or​ difficulties, or​ miss-estimating your​ move based on​ the information​ you​ have provided could mean that your​ piano move might not happen that day, and​ could incur you​ more charges.
6. When are you​ looking to​ have the piano moved?
7. Are there any time restraints involved? (As time-restraints tend to​ hamper the efficiency of​ the mover’s day, placing a​ time-restraint on​ the mover could more than double your​ cost.)
8. Inform the piano mover of​ any problems that you​ can foresee ahead of​ time.

The more information​ you​ can provide the piano mover, the more accurate your​ quote will be. if​ you​ are vague and​ provide few details, do not be surprised if​ you​ incur extra charges for​ your​ move. a​ good, reputable piano mover will make the process as​ painless as​ possible for​ you​ and​ usually be the highlight and​ most stress-free part of​ your​ whole moving process. They key is​ ensuring that the mover meets all of​ your​ requirements and​ providing them with the information​ they need to​ help you​ properly.

Everything You Need To Know About Piano Moving

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