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Piano Movers Brooklyn


If you own a piano, there is a high chance that you had to relocate it at least once. Most probably when you purchased it in the first place. If that’s the case, then you know that the process involves a lot of worry, and careful deliberation. After all, pianos are heavy, bulky, valuable, and sometimes sentimental objects. As such, their relocation requires great care and expertise. It goes without saying that relocating such an imposing object requires both skills, as well as tools. And although you probably could do it yourself, it is always a good decision to hire piano movers Brooklyn for the task. U. Santini Moving and Storage is here to tell you a bit about moving pianos, how it is done, and how much you need to invest in such an operation.

Although the DYI approach is possible, you must exercise caution

The usual question with a job like relocating a piano is: will the DIY approach be cheaper? Moving in or around New York is never a cheap affair, and it might be in your interest to try and save as much money as possible. Budgeting is always important, which means you need to plan your expenses carefully even if you’re moving down the street with the help of local movers in Brooklyn. Moving a piano isn’t an easy job either.

A woman pushing a moving dolly
Quality tools help piano movers Brooklyn do their job safely and efficiently

Seeing how bulky and complex pianos are, you require both good skills and good supplies if you intend to handle them. Should you decide to attempt a DIY piano relocation, you will need proper equipment to reduce the risk of damage and injury. Some of the items our piano movers Brooklyn locals recommend are:

  • Strong and durable tape
  • Work gloves for hand protection and grip
  • Plastic wraps or large canvas sheets
  • Every relocation of a piano requires a heavy duty dolly
  • Dolly straps will increase the safety of your Brooklyn piano relocation
  • Weight lifting straps will protect your back from injury
  • Cardboard pads for floor protection

Our professional furniture movers in Brooklyn advise that the legs of the piano should be taken off, if possible. Additionally, the entire piano must be securely wrapped on all sides before you relocate it.

When hiring a piano moving company in Brooklyn, do your homework first

Finding good piano movers Brooklyn trusts is quite similar to finding a good company for a regular relocation. If you want your instrument to be safely delivered, you need to hire experts in the field.

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Finding reliable piano movers requires time and commitment

To ensure success, you’ll have to do plenty of research until you find the ideal company. This may seem complex, but with enough dedication, you’ll ensure the best for yourself, and your precious instrument. So, here are the basics:

  • If you’re looking for the best piano moving company in Brooklyn, it’s important to consider a few companies. Settling for the first company you find, or the cheapest one, is something you do not want to do. An incompetent company can do more harm than good. And when it comes to pianos, even the slightest amount of damage can be irreparable. Hence, it’s necessary to do a bit of thorough research on the piano movers in Brooklyn you’re considering. Start with a list of five possible companies and further narrow it down.
  • Credentials and experience are vital when searching for a good piano moving company. Firstly, remember that every relocation company needs to have insurance and a license. If they don’t, they shouldn’t be on your list. Further, it’s always good if the piano movers in Brooklyn you’re picking have plenty of experience. It is also worth mentioning that experience is gained over time. If you look at our company, for example, you’ll notice that we have over eighty years of experience in the field.
  • Finally, keep an eye out for any fraudulent moving companies which will offer to relocate you piano in NYC at questionably low rates. Unfortunately, moving scams are frequent, so knowing how to tell if a cheap moving company in Brooklyn is illegitimate, is essential.

Different types of pianos require a different approach to relocating them in Brooklyn

There are a couple of different types of pianos. Consequently, different piano types require difference approaches to relocating them. Depending on which instrument you’ve got, your Brooklyn movers will need to use different tactics and equipment to move them. Hence, it’s essential that you know what piano you have, and how they’re moved. We have experience with moving pianos of various types and sizes, and here, we’ll give you a short breakdown of each.

upright piano in a living room
Upright pianos are smaller in size and thus easier to relocate

Tips if you’ve got a studio upright piano

This is one of the most popular types of pianos in New York, mainly because it is the smallest full-size piano you can get. A wonderful instrument ideal for both big and small apartments. Hence, it is quite the desired item among homeowners. Though, it usually weighs between 300 and 400 pounds. If you’re aiming to calculate the moving costs in Brooklyn yourself, you should know that it will take at least two people to relocate a studio upright piano. It isn’t too difficult to get into an elevator or down the stairs, but handling it still requires a skilled NYC piano moving company. As for the price, the average fee piano movers Brooklyn charge for moving this type of piano is between $180 and $320.

In case you’re hiring Brooklyn piano movers for a standard upright piano

This is the kind of instrument you aren’t likely to find in the very center of New York. It’s a large piano, and is often called the ‘older brother’ of the studio piano. When moving an instrument such as this, navigation of hallways can be difficult. After all, a standard upright piano can be up to 4 feet tall. Hence, it’s only natural that you will need several people in order to relocate it. And, in case you’re curious about the pricing, it will definitely range from $200 to $350. If you’ve got an apartment on the fifth floor with no elevator, prepare for this Brooklyn moving quote to rise, though. Navigating stairwells and tight corners requires more time, skill, and specialized equipment.

A player upright piano requires a larger team of movers to handle it

Now, this is a true antique. If you’ve got one of these, moving will definitely not be easy. Mainly because it is a large, heavy instrument which can weight up to 800 pounds. Of course, this fact will impact the price of the move, as well. Carrying such a heavy object requires the effort of at least 6 crew members with specialized gear to properly displace the load and navigate it. Expect the costs to be between $250 and $350.

When planning to move house in Brooklyn with a baby grand piano

Another ideal instrument for a pianist in NYC is the baby grand. This instrument isn’t as large or heavy as the ones we previously mentioned. However, it’s main characteristic is a very peculiar shape. Hence, it’s on the list of more difficult things to relocate for moving companies in Brooklyn. If your plan is to move house with an instrument like this, you need to hire absolute specialists, and prepare for compromises.

A woman standing next to a grand piano in Brooklyn
Grand pianos are large, difficult to manoeuvre instruments

Either a wall or a window will have to be knocked down to move it. Or the piano itself will have to be carefully dismantled. Hence, for this maneuver, we’d advise a budget between $300 and $400. You also may need to find quality and cheap storage in New York for this piano before moving in. After all, it’s a large and precious item that could be damaged during the final touchups of your new home.

Piano size will affect the moving equipment and crew size

And finally, when hiring piano movers Brooklyn to transport your parlor or studio grand pianos, keep their size in mind. We’re going to list these two pianos together as they have rather similar properties for the moving industry. As you already know studio grand pianos are large instruments and they’re likely to remain in a single professional studio their whole ‘life’. But, there is sometimes an occasion when you need to relocate them.

Any respectable Brooklyn piano moving company will offer between $350 and $450 for this service. Though, it will require more than a few men. As for a parlor grand piano, expect even more work, as it is truly a behemoth of an instrument. If you’re going to be using moving services Brooklyn for this, be sure to tell them the type of piano in advance. Some companies may not be equipped for this job, as moving such large instruments may even require a small crane in some instances.

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You must keep a few factors in mind when calculating your budget

Keep in mind that the estimate you get from your piano movers Brooklyn may wary

As we’ve already mentioned, calculating a moving budget in Brooklyn isn’t an exact science. You will be able to find relevant information about averages online. From there, you will be able to see if the movers’ estimates are fair. Then, deciding which piano movers in Brooklyn to pick won’t be a problem. More than often, though, homeowners wonder how the company will calculate the quote. Regarding piano relocation, we wanted to give you a bit of information about a price breakdown…

Relocation methods and equipment used can influence the price

Depending on the NYC piano movers you choose, you will have to check how they charge. There are two most common ways to do this. First, a moving company can bill by the hour. In this case, there is usually a minimum of a three-hour window for the job. Of course, this is for local relocation. The other option includes a combination of different variables, usually applied by long distance movers in Brooklyn with experience.

Here, piano movers Brooklyn rates are calculated based on the weight of the item you wish to move, and the distance traveled between the locations if your choosing. Naturally, these aren’t the only parameters. Other external factors also contribute to the final cost of your move, and we will cover them in the next paragraph. Through it, you’ll also be able to better understand the steps of your moving process.

The final cost of your relocation is calculated through steps

Most piano movers in New York use the method of various factors to decide the cost of relocation. First, they will ask about the type of your piano. As you’ve already seen, a type of piano dictates the move complexity. The next factor is the distance you’re moving across. Relocating locally will naturally cost less than moving with the help of international moving companies in NYC. The next item on the checklist are the logistics.

Three piano movers Brooklyn trusts are planning a piano relocation
With experienced movers, you don’t have to worry about safety and logistics

Here, the representative will need to measure your piano and your flat a bit, to figure out the optimal extraction path. The company representative will also look for stairs and elevators which could also influence the price. Any tough terrain or limited space will also affect the costs.

Finally, the moving representative will also need to factor in the service which their company will provide. Depending on the size of the piano, the number of workers could influence your quote, too. Naturally, the heavier the piano, the more personnel you will need for the job. Different situations require different gear too, such as grand piano dollies, straps, and ramps. Lastly, the time which the job will require also influences a quote. In case you’re planning ahead, book your move in advance. This will help lower the price a bit.

The last couple of tips

As we’ve already mentioned, high focus and caution are mandatory at all times during the move. However, in case you’ve decided that investing in these supplies is more affordable than hiring Brooklyn piano movers, we’d advise you to re-think. Even though the materials could be cheaper, your lack of experience in moving such a heavy and complex item may prove drastically more expensive over time. Keep in mind that hiring piano movers Brooklyn last minute will be quite a bit more expensive than usual. So if you want to save your money, your precious instrument, and your sanity, we advise planning your piano move on time.

These guys are TRUE PROFESSIONALS! We've now moved with them twice (once in 2017 and then again this week) and we really can't say enough good things about them. Simi is incredibly easy to work with for scheduling and quotes, and the crews - John, Super Mario, and everyone - are just awesome. They're quick, incredibly careful and conscientious, and super friendly. If we ever move again (and god I hope we don't have to) we're absolutely calling them.

Allison "Elnoods" N.

From Brooklyn, NY

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Frequently Asked Questions

At U.Santini Moving & Storage Brooklyn, we've earned our reputation through honesty and transparency. We're here to address all your questions and provide peace of mind as you choose our moving services in Brooklyn.

What are your working hours?

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Does U.Santini Moving & Storage offer insurance?

Absolutely! We offer various types of insurance to protect your belongings, including a full replacement option. The cost depends on how much your things are worth and the deductible you choose.

How soon should I schedule my move?

It's a good idea to book your moving company at least 8 weeks before your move. If you're moving during the holidays or in the summer, it's best to schedule it 12 weeks ahead. But if your move is between September and May, you can often book movers with just 2 weeks' notice. The key is to secure your moving crew as soon as you have all the details about your move.

Do you provide packing supplies?

Yes, we do. Along with the necessary boxes and packing materials for your move, we offer various 'Saver' packages tailored to the size of your home. If you don't use all the boxes you purchased, you can return them to our team after the move, and we'll refund the unused portion.

What type of storage do you offer?

At U. Santini Moving & Storage Brooklyn, we offer complete storage solutions in climate-controlled units. Our units are monitored 24/7 to keep your belongings safe, whether you need short-term or long-term storage. We even provide storage options for very short durations, including as little as 24 hours.

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