What Is a Piano Mover?
There are two types of piano movers. Companies that move only pianos, and full service moving companies that are trained in moving pianos in addition to other household items.
Companies that specialize in moving only pianos are also typically piano merchandisers. They know pianos in and out, and they move pianos on a daily basis. Because of this, they will typically charge more to move your piano than a full service moving company will. If you are moving just your piano or it is extremely valuable to you, then hiring a company that only moves pianos may be your safest route.
Full-service movers that also specialize in moving pianos can also provide very valuable, trusted service. Just because they do not move them all day every day does not mean that they don’t have the proper training. That being said, it if you have a piano that is being moved, it is especially important that you hire a trusted, full service moving company with high online ratings. If you are moving your whole house that includes a piano, we suggest hiring a high quality full-service moving company for the best overall value.
Do All Moving Companies Move Pianos?
While most full-service moving companies will absolutely move your piano, some may simply refuse to move a piano because of the additional manpower, equipment, time, and care it requires. Others will claim that they can move a piano no problem, but they do not have the proper equipment or expertise to properly move your piano while keeping it in tune and safe from damage. When booking your piano mover, you will always want to let them know that you have a piano that needs to be moved and make sure they provide this service. Or you can hire one of Move Honcho’s top picks for piano movers. Our movers are pre-screened to offer professional piano moving.
How Much Does It Cost to Move a Piano?
The cost to move a piano can vary significantly based on the type of piano, type of move, and the company you hire. Here are some ballpark estimates based on 3 types of moves:
In-Town Piano Only: $250 – $350
If you are moving just your piano in-town, this will likely amount to the company’s minimum rate, which is between $250 – $350. Moving companies typically charge a three hour minimum. Most in-town piano moves will not take longer than this so you can expect to pay their minimum rate. However if your piano is particularly difficult to move then it may take longer than the three hour minimum.
In-Town Piano Add-On to Full Move: $150 – $250
If your piano move is an in-town add-on to a full move, you can expect to pay an additional $150 – $250 based on additional time and labor. We estimate this rate off of standard mover rates and estimated additional time to move the piano.
Long-Distance Piano Add-On to Full Move: $650 – $750
Long distance moves bill an additional fee based on total weight of your belongings. Since piano’s are extremely heavy, you can expect to pay extra. We assumed a 1,000 lb piano at the standard rate of 50 cents per pound, for an additional $500 on top of the in-town estimated rate.