Cost to hire a Piano Mover on Bidvine

£120 - £185

National average price

£120 - £185  National average range
£120 - £185

£120

£185

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How much does piano moving cost?

Nov 19, 2019

Nationally, the average rate for piano moving in the UK is £100 to £175 per move. Depending on the type of the piano, its size, weight, and where you plan to transport it this could vary. Keep reading to learn more about all the factors which can influence piano moving. 

Piano Moving Costs

UK National Minimum Cost£100
UK National Maximum Cost£175
UK National Average Cost£120
Average Range£100 - £175

Included in This Price Guide

About Piano Moving

There are several great benefits to learning the piano, yet when it comes time to move house, moving your piano can feel like a huge problem! It's large, it's heavy, and it needs a new home. Bring in a professional piano mover to make sure your instrument is taken care of.

From a standard upright to a baby grand, professional piano movers can move your piano in your home or to a new location.

Bidvine Tip - Are you planning to move house? Easily move all your belongings with the expertise of a man with a van for a stress-free moving experience.

Considerations

When you are taking piano lessons, it's easy to fall in love with your new musical instrument! Yet when it comes time to move it can be a challenge to figure out how to move it. This section covers the top consideration you need to keep in mind so you can find the best piano mover for your move.

Type of Piano

You should be able to identify your piano by sight and size. Upright pianos are compact instruments that fit well in the home, even in small spaces. If your piano is less than 40 inches tall, you have a spinet.

The grand piano has a distinctive shape with beautiful lines and curves. These pianos are longer than they are tall. Baby grands are usually less than six feet long, with concert versions over seven feet!

It's important to tell your piano mover what type of instrument they'll be dealing with. This allows them to prepare to move it with the right equipment.

How Many Flights of Stairs

Perhaps you want to move your piano from one level of your home to another. Then again you may be planning to move to an upper-level apartment. A piano mover can help you navigate your piano based on the number of flights of stairs you have.

Tell your piano mover about any stairs at the pick-up or drop-off location ahead of time. This way, they can bring the equipment required to take your piano up and down steps safely.

If there's access to a passenger or freight elevator, let your pro know. This may change how they approach the move.

Distance of The Move

You'll also want to let your mover know how far your piano needs to go before they start the move. A move within the building won't require the use of a truck for transport. This can help to keep your costs down.

If your piano is travelling a few miles to its new home, your movers will need to use a truck. There could be a cost for a long journey.

Measure the distance between the pick-up and drop-off locations. Once you have the miles, ask the piano mover for a cost estimate. This way, you can prevent surprises!

Preparation

To save your movers time, clear the space around your piano. The job will be easier if the piano is accessible.

Move any furniture out of your movers' path to open up the working area. Rugs should be removed so your movers don't slip or trip. You might also want to remove any wall hangings so they aren't bumped during the move.

If you aren't able to move heavy furniture items yourself, you can ask if your mover is able to help. Keep in mind, this will add time to the job and as a result it will increase the overall cost.

Time

A piano move could take a few hours or last all day. It will depend on where your piano is now and where it needs to go.

Since you don't have to allow for time travelling on the road, an in-home move won't take as long. However, if you’re travelling a further distance, you should remember to factor in the travel distance to the timeframe for the move.

Keep in mind that any stairs will make your move longer. Consider both the pick-up and drop-off locations. It's important to take time on the stairs to stay safe.

Remember to allow for any preparation time to get the piano ready for the move or to clear out the new space.

Experience

While moving seems like a simple job, it can be dangerous to move a piano yourself! You'll want to find an experienced pro with the skills to do it properly.

When you line up potential services for the job, see how often they've moved pianos. If they've handled piano moves before, then you can rest easy knowing they have the experience to move your piano with professionalism.

Reviews or testimonials can also attest to the pro's abilities. Read comments from previous clients. If they rave about a pro's work, you'll know you've chosen the right person for the job.

Location

Check to see where the piano mover operates from. Some will have specific areas of coverage. You'll want to make sure both your pick-up and drop-off locations are in their area.

A local pro will be ready to move your piano, whether you want to move in the morning, afternoon, or evening.

Does the piano need to be moved across a long distance? You may want to find a pro located close to either the start or end of the journey. This can keep the travel costs down for at least part of the trip.

Moving House? Here's a Cost Comparison of Similar Services

Moving ServiceAverage Hourly Rate
Man With a Van£40
Local Removals£40
Long Distance Removals£45

Summary

Hiring a piano mover can take a lot of stress and worry away from the job. A pro has the tools and a large enough truck to take on pianos of any size. That way you can spend more time focusing on enjoying playing the piano right up until moving day.

Why not get started and find your pro today? Answer a few questions about the type of piano you're moving and the distance you would like to move it. Then, Bidvine will help connect you with great local piano movers so that you can get your piano on the move in no time!

Then keep your piano in top shape with the expertise of a local piano tuner.