How much does it cost to disassemble a piano?
Removing a piano usually costs between $255 and $593, with a national average of $411. DIY piano moving can damage your piano, duh! The average piano weighs between 500 and 1,000 pounds. That, along with its bulky shape, make it very difficult to move safely. On average, you will need 6 people or special equipment, to get it from your home to the truck without dropping it. There are plenty of buyers looking to save a bit of money on the resale market, yet used pianos can be difficult to sell. Pianos are difficult to move from one place to another, making it challenging to arrange a sale. However, often a giveaway piano is given away because it hasn’t been played in years or the owner knows that it is need of some repairs and is not interested in putting any money into it. Do not try to move a piano without specialist help. The risk of damage is increased if your keyboard instrument is handled by people who do not have experience in piano removals. So when you get quotes for your move, ask for assurance that your piano will be handled by someone with the relevant expertise. Non-profit groups such as The Beethoven Foundation can often pick up and haul away your working piano as a much needed donation. Another organization like this is Pianos For Education that operates in all 50 states.
How hard is it to dismantle a piano?
If you’re planning on getting rid of an upright piano, transporting it intact is very difficult. It’s much easier to disassemble the whole piano and move it in pieces. Dismantling a piano requires patient work and you won’t be able to use the piano again because you’ll probably damage pieces while taking it apart. Pianos are so large, that to dispose of them you have to get specialist movers to take them away (for a price). This is the reason you see Upright and Grand pianos so cheap on eBay. The seller can sell the piano for next to nothing, just so they don’t have to spend any money on the removal companies. The truth is that almost all pianos that are given away for free are not worth the cost of having it moved into your home. If the piano has experienced some of the neglect that has been mentioned above, you may be in for a costly transition to get your ‘free’ piano to a point where it can operate sufficiently. The metal might be worth $40.00 to $50.00 a piano. To get all that metal it may take 4-5 hours plus the move and time at the metal yard. I charge people to recycle their pianos. If the piano is older than 40 years old, generally, take a pass on that piano. The exception to this is owner care. If the owner had the piano service annually, then a 40 year old piano is much better than a 25 year old piano that hasn’t been serviced even once. There are multiple factors when considering a piano.
How much does it cost to move an old piano?
Moving a piano locally typically costs between $1.50 to $2.50 per mile, or from $350 and $1,000. A cross-country move usually costs between $2.50 to $10 per mile, or between $700 and $3,500 total. International and overseas moves are often charged at a flat rate between $2,000 and $5,000. Pianos are hefty, awkward and delicate. On average, moving a piano in the U.S. costs around $400—give or take about $100. Some companies could charge as low as $150, while for longer distance or more complex moves, the price can rise as high as $2,000 or $3,000. The average piano price of a new upright can range from $2,000-$10,000, and with that price tag, financing the instrument could be a good option. Many piano stores also have a used section, where they offer used pianos that have been tuned and repaired at a much more affordable cost. It takes at least four people to efficiently move a piano, with two to three people doing the heavy lifting, and the others guiding them to and from the moving truck or van. You may need more, however, depending on the size of the piano and the complexity of the move. The valuation of used pianos is difficult. Prices of used pianos vary wildly, depending on local economies, supply and demand, and the cosmetics and playing condition of the instrument at hand, including the amount and quality of any restoration work done.
How much does it cost to move a upright piano?
For an upright or spinet piano, expect to pay between $150 and $300 for a local move and between $500 and $800 for long-distance shipping. These instruments weigh less—at 300 to 800 pounds—and are more compact units that don’t require any dismantling before travel. The average weight of an upright piano: 527 lbs or 239.043 kg. You will notice that a lot of people claim that upright pianos weigh around 300 lbs. Most of the weight of any piano comes from its extremely heavy cast iron harp. Small upright pianos only weigh 300 to 400 lb because they have a smaller cast iron harp than big upright pianos. Big uprights run from 600 to 800 lb. Big old player uprights can even hit 1000 lbs. A piano’s value comes almost solely from its function as a musical instrument. (The exception usually being very ornate art case pianos.) A one-hundred-year-old upright’s musical and mechanical value is quite low, especially when compared to the fine golden age grand pianos produced around the same period. Age/Condition: Many piano owners mistakenly believe that pianos made over 100 years ago are valued as “antiques.” As a rule: They aren’t, with the occasional exceptions of instruments with unusually decorated cases in fine condition and even these can have difficulty finding a home due to their extreme wight and size …