While it is almost certain that you will hire piano movers for your upcoming relocation – there are some things you can do, and watch out for, to make sure the move is a smooth one.
A piano is a very large instrument. It may be obvious, but you need to make sure that the piano will fit into your new location. Measure all doors and hallways on the path to your final destination. Make sure that there are no obstacles in the way so the Chicago piano movers will have a clear shot from the truck to the spot you have selected.
When the Chicago piano movers arrive to pick up the piano, make sure they wrap the unit extremely well with padded blankets. Scratches and dings are unacceptable and refinishing a piano can add up to a hefty bill. Also, make sure that the moving company has adequate insurance.
I have heard of this practice, but thankfully, have never experienced such a thing. “Keyboarding”. Apparently, some piano movers will try to remove the keyboard from a piano to make it fit through tight spaces. This practice could damage the instrument and should be avoided. Discuss this with your piano movers before the move and make sure that they do not try this with your instrument.
Choosing the right Chicago piano movers for the job involves careful analysis. Here are some things to consider before you hire your moving company.
First, are the movers that you are considering furniture movers or piano movers? A company that is dedicated to moving pianos only will be more experienced with moving these large instruments, and thus, probably a better choice. If the company moves other furniture as well, inquire as to how many piano they have moved, and whether they have a particular person on staff that handles all the moving of pianos, ie: a specialist.
Check out the trucks. A piano movers fleet should be well maintained, climate controlled, with air ride suspension. A bumpy ride can wreak havoc on your delicate instrument. If your move involves storing the piano, check out the warehouses as well. Are the warehouses climate controlled.
Doing some upfront research on your Chicago piano movers will help your move go smoothly. Make sure to check references – you can even call the store where you purchased the piano, your instrument tuner, or even a local music school for recommendations. Once you have chosen a few companies, check them out with the Better Business Bureau, and make sure that the piano movers are licensed and insured.