How Much Does a Piano Moving Company Typically Cost?

November 11th, 2009 by

Buying a piano is a thrilling experience, but hiring a piano moving company can be a slightly confusing one. Knowing what pay range is normal and what you can expect from the experience demystifies the situation and allows you to simply enjoy your new piano. 

What is Included in a Piano Move?

The piano moving company will wrap your piano in blankets to protect it when they pick it up from the store. They will move it into their truck, securing it with straps so it won’t be damaged in transit. At your house, the movers will unload it from the truck and put it in your house in the location you indicate.

If there are steps or awkward entrances, or even if it has to be lifted through a window using a crane, quality piano movers can handle the situation. Be sure you know exactly where you want the piano to go in your house, as you will not want to attempt to move it yourself! Some services that require additional costs are obtaining insurance on the piano, moving the piano up steps and lifting the piano through a window.

Cost Breakdown

  • Local moves typically cost from $125 to $250 for an upright piano to $600 for a grand or baby grand. 
  • Long distance moves range from $700 to $2000, but distance and the accessibility of beginning and end locations make this price estimate fluctuate wildly. 
  • Stairs are usually billed per stair, and you can expect to pay between $2 and $12 per stair. Sometimes the company will just give a flat fee for a flight of stairs, usually around $100. 
  • Insurance is billed on a weight basis. A upright piano weighs approximately 550 pounds, a baby grand weighs approximately 600 pounds and a grand piano weighs 820 pounds. Insurance rates are about $4 per pound. Alternatively, some insurance is billed based on the piano value rather than the weight. In this case, the cost is usually $10 per $1000 of piano value. 
  • Senior discounts are sometimes available from piano movers, and can usually save you 5%-10%. 

Do-It-Yourself Warnings

Some people will see the piano moving estimates listed above and decide to take on the piano move themselves. A word of caution: renting a truck to move the piano will be about $50, but there is no way to insure the piano against human error. At 600 pounds, these pianos are heavy and awkward. Moving a piano across a flat surface is deceptively easy; coaxing that piano up a ramp, or even over a single step, is significantly more difficult. 

Average Cost

Moving an upright piano into a house with a single flight of stairs will run about $250. This will be done easily. With the special talents of the piano moving professionals, you will be able to enjoy playing your new piano quickly and painlessly.

Most of the time, they will pick up the piano without you having to be there, so you can wait at home and only dedicate 30 minutes or less of your day to this endeavor. Enjoy your new piano!

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7 Responses to “How Much Does a Piano Moving Company Typically Cost?”

  1. Movers DC Says:

    It depends what kind of piano you have. If it a baby grad piano then it will cost more since it will require more men power to move it.

  2. Washington DC Says:

    Moving a piano can be really tricky if you don’t know what exactly you are doing. Some people are thinking this can be an easy task but I can assure you – this is not easy. Prices? Well it all depends on what kind of piano you are having. As an example up-right piano will cost you a lot cheaper since its not that really heavy. Baby-grand piano, or organ it will cost you a lot more. Some moving companies has a hourly charge, and some will offer you a flat rate for moving a piano. In all cases is better to call the company directly since they will need more information about your property and if there are stairs the price will go up.

  3. Tai The Guy Says:

    Local moves typically cost from $125 to $250 for an upright piano.
    $250 to $600 for a grand or baby grand.
    Long distance moves range from $700 to $2000

    Duhhh…

  4. Angie Says:

    Can you give me an approximate cost to move an upright piano about 500 miles (actually less) from a single story house to a single story house?

  5. Gay Says:

    This article is by the piano movers themselves. for sure.

  6. Tyler Says:

    I think this is pretty helpful actually, regardless of who wrote the article. It’s nice to have an idea of the approximate cost for shipping. We’re having a piano shipped from remote Idaho to Washington and it’s good to know that it won’t costs us $3,000, for example, but more like $700-$2000. I didn’t know they charged for stairs, but it’s certainly reasonable. Good article, thanks!

  7. Peggy Hyatte Says:

    Like knowing that I do not have to give my piano away .I can afford to bring it with mr.

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