The first thing that comes to mind when determining the cost to move a piano is the size and shape. They are big. Even the smallest pianos can weigh 300 pounds, and the grandest of the pianos can average 1200 pounds or more. An upright is going to be easier to move than a grand which may need to be turned up on its side before moving. It’s best to hire a piano mover who has the know-how and experience in moving them so you can minimize the damage, the location it’s in, and the location it’s going to. There are always obstacles and tight squeezes to overcome. An experienced professional mover will be able to foresee problems and make the move as easy and efficiently as possible.
The current location and its final destination are things to consider when determining the cost to move a piano. Is it on a level first floor with a doorway wide enough to fit through? Will it end up in a similar situation at the new residence? That would be a low-cost move. But more than likely you’re going to have steps, handrails, doorways, hanging lights, pictures on walls, and many other things in the way. If the piano is on the second floor or higher you may have an elevator or stairway to deal with.
Another important thing to consider is the time constraints involved. Moving during the holidays may require higher labor costs. Many moving companies will set a flat fee for the move. Also consider the weather conditions. You don’t want to move during inclement weather if you can avoid it.
These are just a few things to consider when determining the cost to move a piano. It’s best to call a professional crew that can handle the move and can give you a free and accurate estimate. They should be able to go over all the steps that your job would entail.