How To Move A PianoPianos are notoriously hard to move. They are heavy, delicate, and can often be worth large amounts of money, meaning their care during transit is of the utmost importance. This is why many who need to transport their piano look to a piano moving company. Finding the right one for your needs is where Shiply can help.
Whether you are selling a piano, buying one, or just moving house and trying to move your piano, Shiply can find a piano moving company that works for your needs.
There are hundreds of shipping companies on our platform ready to bid on your job, typically at prices that can be up to 75% cheaper than usual - all you need to do to get started is fill out our simple form.
How Much Does Piano Moving Cost?The average cost of a piano move is roughly $5.50 per mile for distances under 100 miles, and this reduces drastically for longer journeys which cost around $0.90 per mile. However, there are numerous factors along with distance that can affect the cost of a piano shipping service.
Size And Weight - Pianos come in all shapes and sizes, from baby pianos to grand pianos, and each of these will likely require different vehicles and equipment to move. Generally, the larger and heavier your piano, the more the piano movers will likely charge.
Timings - If you need your piano transported urgently, this may end up costing you more. On Shiply, the best rates are given by drivers who are making similar journeys already, so if you fit into their schedule you get the best quote. If you need your piano move to happen on a certain day, or within a strict timeframe, you can expect to be charged more.
Time Of Year - One slightly unavoidable factor that can affect the cost of your piano moving company is the time of year. Some routes become inaccessible during the winter months due to ice, rain, and snow. This can mean a longer route is required and will cost more, although it is rare that this will significantly affect your quote.
Location Of Pickup And Delivery - If the piano you need to be moved is in a remote area, then you may see an increase in the cost of your quote. Piano movers are likely to be close by in urban areas and willing to make the journey to you at no extra cost, but significantly remote pickups may incur extra fees.
How Can Shiply Help Find Piano Movers?Now that you know a bit more about the logistics and costs involved in piano shipping, you need to actually find someone to move yours. This is where we think Shiply can help.
We just need a few details from you, namely the pickup and dropoff locations, the desired dates, and some details about the size/weight of the piano. Once we have this information, piano moving companies can start to send personalized quotes to move your instrument. You are then able to compare all of your options in one space.
Our platform uses a feedback and rating system to allow for transparency and trust between customers and shipping service providers. This allows you to pick a piano mover with confidence in the kind of service you receive. On Shiply, you are also able to message each company that gets in touch with any specific questions or concerns you might have.
Piano movers on Shiply are typically trying to fill up empty space in their vehicles for trips they are already planning on making. What this means for the customer is that prices can be 75% cheaper than standard rates as the costs of making the journey have already been factored in. It also means that by using our platform you will be stopping one extra unnecessary vehicle causing emissions on the road!
Preparing For Your Piano To Be MovedIf you have had a look through your available options and have selected a piano moving service to carry out your job then the next thing to think about is preparing your piano for a move. Some things we always recommend are:
Documents - Not always applicable, but if you are selling your piano or moving it abroad then there may be some paperwork that needs to be completed and provided to the piano mover. We recommend looking into this before to avoid any last-minute issues that could halt your service.
Cleaning - Keeping your piano clean is good practice anyway, but we highly recommend giving it a good clean before it is transported. This is a great way to spot any damages or issues that are present before pickup.
Photographic Evidence - Following on from cleaning your piano, we always recommend capturing some high-quality time-stamped pictures of your piano to document its condition before pickup. These photos will come in handy in the unfortunate event of damage to your piano that occurs during transit.
Packing - You should always ensure your piano is packed as safely and securely as possible before it is transported to avoid damage. Certain piano moving companies will have all of the necessary materials to do this for you, but it is always best to check and be prepared with bubble wrap if not!
What To Do After DeliveryThe first thing you should do once your piano is delivered is to thoroughly check its condition of it, making sure that it looks to be in the same condition as it was when it was shipped (use the photos you took before pickup). If there are any damages, be sure to flag these with the piano shippers as soon as possible.
Finally, we ask that you consider leaving feedback for your chosen piano shippers on our platform. Whether they were a delight to work with or could have improved, all feedback is important to allow both the transport providers to improve and to allow our customers to make an informed decision when selecting quotes.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Does Shiply Cover My Area?
Yes! There are couriers using Shiply all over the country and abroad, so whether you need to move a sofa across town or send a car across Europe, we have got you covered.
Does Shiply Have Different Sized Vehicles?
There are thousands of couriers on Shiply, with a wide range of vehicle sizes capable of handling any delivery. Providing the rough dimensions (and pictures if possible) on your listing will allow the delivery company to get the right vehicle sent out to you.
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Who Will Carry Out My Delivery?
Whoever you choose! There are thousands of rated transport providers on our platform ready to make a bid to carry out your delivery. It is up to you to decide which quote to accept.
When Will I Receive A Quote?
You will typically start to receive quotes within 30 minutes. If you are worried about the lack of quotes, try adding some more detail to your listing as transport providers may be unsure of dimensions or weight and feel unable to provide an accurate quote. If your delivery is urgent, you can try our 'featured delivery' feature which moves your listing to the top of the search page for couriers.
How Many Quotes Will I Receive?
Whilst there is no guarantee of quotes, 98% of our listings receive at least 3 quotes, so you are likely to find someone who can undertake the delivery of your items.
Does Shiply Provide Packing Materials?
f your item requires packing materials or extra care then you should make sure this is highlighted in your listing and discussed with any transport provider whose quote you are considering. Couriers on Shiply are able to provide all levels of service and can help pack your items, just ensure you inform them of your needs.
Will My Goods Be Tied Up Securely?
Transport providers will almost always tie up an item in the transport vehicle, as the risk of damage from moving around during transit is high. You should always confirm safety precautions and packing needs with transport providers before accepting a quote.
Can Items Be Taken Upstairs?
Yes, items can be taken upstairs if needed, and can also be assembled. Transport providers on Shiply are happy to provide these services, but you should ensure that you are mentioning these requirements in your listings as it may mean a second person is required for the move.
Can I Travel With My Goods?
The majority of transport providers on Shiply are only insured for the transportation of goods, however, some are also able to take people. If you need to travel with your goods, make sure to mention this in your listing and to highlight this to any courier who quotes on your listing.
What If I Need To Cancel My Booking?
If you have accepted a quote and paid the deposit but wish to cancel the delivery, then you should first inform your chosen transport provider that you no longer require the delivery. You should then contact us at to have your deposit refunded.
Can I Change The Address Of The Delivery?
If you have not yet accepted a quote then you are able to change the address of your listing. Note that editing details of your listing after publishing will result in active quotes being voided, so you will have to wait for new quotes to come in. If you have already accepted a quote and need to change the address, please let your transport provider know and contact us at .
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