You are considering moving your piano, but you aren’t aware of what the process might entail. More precisely, you don’t know what you should expect in terms of the costs. You are clueless about what’s expensive or cheap: and what can be termed ‘normal’ for professional piano movers. The search for a good moving company is not easy and while most of them will give free quotes, there’s always the question of what the final piano moving cost tells you. Pricing categories often fall into two: local and interstate movers.
Costs of local piano movers
These types of piano moves are charged by the hour. The quote you receive is usually based on the hourly fee as well as the number of hours it would take to move your piano. Additional costs are sometimes involved and it’s therefore important to make proper inquiries. Generally, the hourly fee paid entails the travel fee and the regular hourly charge. The travel fee is basically the amount of time it will take to get to your location and back from the destination. For most companies, the quote is inclusive of manpower and a truck. You may be required a deposit in order to reserve a moving date.
Costs of interstate piano movers
This category is for those who need to move their pianos from one state to another or across the country. The quote is usually based on the individual weight of your piano. When determining the weight of your piano, you will be required to avail information regarding the type of piano as well as its components. An agent may be sent to your house to determine this as well.
It’s therefore important to understand the different types of pianos and provide accurate information to the moving company so that the quote you receive can be as accurate as possible. The distance determines how much you pay for a piano move and the longer the distance, the higher the cost. Interstate piano moves are generally more expensive than local piano movers.
How much does it cost to hire a piano mover?
There are many answers to this question depending on the moving company, the type of move (interstate or local) and the moving location. Other unexpected factors such as the ones discussed below also play a role in determining the cost of a piano mover.
• Long carry fee – This usually applies if the distance from the parking to the location is long or if it’s impossible to park near your building. The increased distance prolongs the move and as a result, piano moving companies may charge more. To avoid this, reserve a good parking spot that’s nearer to the location or final destination.
• Storage fees – If you request delayed delivery of your piano, the moving company has to store it awaiting the delivery date. This sometimes calls for storage fees.
• Cancellation fees – This is usually charged if you cancel a previous booking or request a ‘new moving date. In most cases it is equal to or less than the deposit you pay.
• Disposal fees – Applies when you request your piano mover to unpack and the company has to dispose of the moving materials from the move.
• Express delivery charge – Applies when you request a fast delivery with the interstate piano move.
• Extra stop charge – Usually charged for local moves where you need different pianos picked from different locations.
If you need your piano moved, it’s important to get quotes from different San Diego piano movers as they all use different parameters when estimating the cost of a move. And while you’re exploring your options, it’s also a good idea to negotiate for a discount!