There’s a pretty good chance that your piano is the most expensive thing you own. While major appliances can cost between $1,000 and $3,000 apiece, the cost of a piano tends to average out between $3,500 and $10,000.
Not only is your piano expensive but it’s also delicate. It’s no wonder that the thought of having to move a piano from one home to another might send shivers down your spine.
The good news is that you can find piano movers out there who will take great care of your piano. The question is, how do you know who to trust?
Read on as we discuss the five best tips for finding the best movers who will handle your piano with care.
1. LOOK FOR TRUE PIANO MOVERS
This one might seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised at how many people assume that any moving company will tackle a piano. The reality is that a lot of moving companies have a maximum size or weight limit for individual items they’re willing to handle. As you can probably guess, your piano is likely the heaviest thing you own, in addition to the most expensive.
Before you go any further with a moving company, verify that they do, in fact, move pianos. While you’re at it, make sure that they move the specific type of piano you own. While we move pianos of all weights and sizes, some companies are willing to move uprights and baby grands, but not grand pianos.
Let us warn you that some moving companies don’t offer piano moving services but will move your piano, anyway. Why is this a problem? Without experience in piano moving, movers are more likely to damage the piano or the property during transport or while removing it from your old home and installing it in your new home.
2. CHECK FOR INSURANCE
If you’ve ever hired a contractor to, say, remodel part of your home or revamp your landscaping, you probably know the importance of insurance. Just in case this is unfamiliar to you, let’s talk about the importance of hiring piano movers who are insured.
An insured piano mover is protected by their own insurance policy or by the policy provided by their employer. An uninsured piano mover is protected by, whether you realize it or not, you.
Piano mover insurance adds financial protection in the face of potential liabilities, ranging from mover injuries to property damage. When you hire a company that doesn’t have an insurance policy for its movers, that liability falls on you. Always stick with piano movers who have insurance.
3. TAKE A LOOK AT ONLINE REVIEWS
The best part about living in the digital age is that you don’t have to take a company’s word for its experience, professionalism, or overall service. You can find out a lot more than ever before by reading online reviews created by former clients.
Many companies will offer a testimonials page where they post reviews from former clients. Here, you can find out more about how satisfied clients felt about the service they received. Happy customers often provide specific details about why they’re happy with the service they received, which can tell you more about what to expect.
You can also find additional online reviews on popular review websites. Look up a company on websites like Yelp or Google Reviews to access even more testimonials.
4. MAKE SURE YOUR MOVE IS IN THEIR COVERAGE AREA
Another surefire way to narrow down your options is to make sure that you’re only looking at movers that work in your region and your destination point. In other words, you will need to find companies that pack and move personal belongings from your current location and take them to your future location.
For example, some companies focus primarily on local or interstate moves. This means that if you’re moving out of the state, they’re unlikely to be able to provide you with service.
If you are making a bigger move, what you want to look for is a piano mover that offers long-distance moving services. Double-check that these long-distance moving services do include your destination, as some companies only provide services between a handful of states.
5. ASK FOR FREE ESTIMATES
The final consideration, when looking for piano movers, is your own budget. Naturally, you want to pay for high-quality services that will offer the best protection and care when moving your piano. However, only you can decide how much you can afford to spend to have your piano moved.
Typically, a company will ask you about things like the size of your piano and the parameters of moving it (ie whether it’s located on the first floor or higher). They will also ask you where you need the piano to be moved to. With this information, they can give you an estimate of how much their services will cost if you choose to use them.
The nice thing about getting a free estimate is that you often don’t have to sign any contracts before finding out about pricing. Transparent pricing is the sign of a great moving company.
Muscle Man Moving Offers Top-Notch Piano Moving Services
If you’re looking for Austin movers that can handle your personal belongings and your piano, look no further. Muscle Man Moving offers near and long-distance moving services and our team members double as expert piano movers! No matter how far your move is, you’ll always recognize your movers, as we don’t partner with any third-party contractors along the way.
To find out more about how we can help you with your next big move, contact us today. We’ll get you started with a free estimate so that you can make an informed decision.