Cost of moving a piano

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Moving a piano from one place to another costs $92.50/hr on average. This price can still go higher or lower depending on certain factors. The lowest amount that piano removalists charge is approximately $78/hr and the highest is around $95/hr.

Where do these prices come from?

All prices stated in this article are based on FY 2016 pricing data compiled by ServiceSeeking.com.au. The figures resulted from a comprehensive analysis of quotes submitted by Piano Movers on the site from July 2015 to July 2016.

Piano removal prices from real customers

Alberto from Qld: House Move with Piano Removal
Job details: Moving normal furniture from a house in Everton Park to a house in Mitchelton; only heavy item is an Upright piano
Other details: Both are low houses with easy access
TOTAL COST: $566
Lydia from Vic: Upright Piano Removal
Job details: Moving an Upright piano from a house in Essendon to a house in Sunbury
Other details: Three steps at the front door of Essendon house; one step at the front door and one more step inside the Sunbury house
TOTAL COST: $330
Suzie from NSW: Piano Removal
Job details: Moving one piano from a house in Green Valley to a house in Rozelle
TOTAL COST: $270

Understanding the cost of piano removals

Your piano
Of course, the piano that will be moved greatly affects the cost of the job. Piano removalists always take the type and the size of the piano into consideration as these will determine the number of people and the equipment needed for the move.

There are two general types of pianos: Upright pianos and Grand pianos. These are further divided into different subtypes.

  • Upright piano (removal starts from $200 to $250)
    • Studio Upright piano
    • Standard Upright piano
    • Player Upright piano
  • Grand piano (removal starts from around $300)
    • Baby Grand piano
    • Studio Grand piano
    • Parlor Grand piano

If you want a closer-to-the-real-cost quote, don’t forget to mention to your prospective business the specific type of piano you have.

Obstructions
Will there be stairs, narrow spaces, dirt pathways, and other obstacles? If yes, let your movers know. Answer the following questions and relay the answers to the business you want to get for the job.

  1. Where is the piano located inside the house/building? Which part of the new house/building will it be moved to?
  2. Do the pickup and drop-off locations have stairs? If they do, what type are they — spiral or straight?
  3. Are they indoor or outdoor stairs? How many steps do they have?
  4. Will there be any tight spaces and corners? If yes, how many?

Telling these things to the removalists will help them calculate the risks, select the best people, and choose the right equipment.

Type of move
You can expect the price to go higher as the distance from point A to point B becomes greater. Naturally, a local move costs less than an interstate piano removal, and an interstate move costs way less than an international move.

Additional services
Many piano removalists offer other services such as storage and piano tuning. Storage is great if you still need to look for a place to move your piano to or if you still need to prepare the new place. Piano tuning, on the other hand, is often needed after removal as pianos tend to become out of tune because of the move.

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Should you do the move yourself?

The answer is simply no. Pianos are extremely fragile. If you value your piano and don’t want it to be damaged in any way, you should never think of moving it yourself — even if you’re only planning to move it to some other part of the house or building. Here are some things that could happen when you take matters into your own hands:

  • The legs and pedals could break.
  • If it is an Upright piano, it could topple over.
  • The interior mechanism could get damaged — and it would cost a lot to repair.
  • You could scratch the exterior of the piano.
  • You could hurt yourself.

It’s always best to rely on professional movers as they have the workers, right equipment, skills, experience, and knowledge to make the job successful and safe.

Average hourly cost of piano removal per state

In Queensland, customers pay around $79/hr for a piano removal job. It is definitely lower than what people in Victoria pay piano movers, which is around $90/hr. The rate goes higher in New South Wales where businesses charge $95/hr for piano removal services and even higher in Western Australia where the average price is $126/hr.

If you want a stress-free and safe piano removal, only trust the experts! At ServiceSeeking.com.au, we have businesses who are fully equipped and are well prepared for the job. Feel free to check them out.

Pricing information correct as at August 2016.

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