There are many long distance piano movers to choose from, both online and offline, but there are many things to consider before making such a decision. With proper planning, the moving process does not have to be stressful.
Reliability and credibility of the long distance piano movers is an important consideration because pianos are usually very expensive. A grand piano can cost as much as half a million dollars, depending on the make, age, model and condition. There are many con men using piano moving services as a front for their criminal activities and if you are not careful, you may end up loading your piano in a truck belonging to thieves.
To establish credibility and reliability of a piano moving company, the best thing to do is to ask those who had used the service before for their opinion. If this is not possible, visit the websites of different companies and look at customer testimonials and comments or ask questions in the FAQ section.
Cost considerations are necessary when looking for long distance piano movers. It is important to note that although cheap is expensive, expensive does not always mean better and so it is good to ‘shop around’ to get the best deal. The internet is a good place to compare prices, but most companies have hidden charges and you should therefore be careful when doing this.
When transporting a piano over long distance to a new home, it is important to have it insured. Insurance makes the moving costs shoot up, but it is necessary especially if the piano is expensive. Insurance covers everything from scratches to theft, depending on the cover you take.
It is important to look at the contract critically before signing, especially the fine print. The reason for this is that some piano moving companies try to exempt themselves from blame in case of damage or theft.
If you opt for self-moving, those assisting in the moving process should be trustworthy because it is a fact that most theft is by people who know you and who know what is in the house. The ideal situation is for friends and family to help – this is also the cheapest option.
It is necessary to look at the equipment that the piano moving company of choice has. This is because when the piano is too big for the stairway or the lift, then there is need for a crane. The piano moving company should be a one-stop shop, meaning it should provide shipping services if they are needed, storage facilities, lifting equipment, etc. If the company does not provide any of these services, it should outsource the service for you.
When looking for long distance piano movers, the internet is a cheap and convenient place to look. However, the net has some cons such as risk of identity theft since credit card information is required. If you get the movers offline, you will pay more and it will take longer, but you will be guaranteed that the company is genuine.