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4 Traits Of An Excellent Piano Mover In Plano

Updated: Jun 25

Need A Piano Moved In Plano or elsewhere in the DFW area? When it comes time to move your piano, there are 4 traits you should always look for in a piano mover. Here are the 4 traits of an excellent piano mover in Plano.


Equipment

An excellent piano mover will have the proper moving equipment. A piano dolly is the most basic tool used by us. We carry 5-7 piano dollies on our truck. Each dolly has a unique design and purpose. There is a dolly designed primarily for going over grass or gravel surfaces. There is a dolly designed to hold the weight of the very heaviest instruments but to also reduce chances of any instrument tipping off of the dolly. When tight turns around a corner are required, there is a dolly designed to easily turn corners. There is a moving dolly designed only for the purpose of tipping a piano on its end to make an otherwise impossible turn in a tight situation. You get the idea. Professional piano movers should have moving dollies designed for every situation they will encounter when moving a grand or upright.


Another piece of equipment that is vital to the safe moving of a grand or upright in Plano is the moving truck itself. Our company has a fully equipped piano moving truck designed specifically to accommodate both uprights and grands. We use only trucks with heavy duty power liftgates to get your instrument into our truck. Ramps can be dangerous and while we do have to use ramps to navigate steps, we insist that the one part of the move we can control – placing your instrument in our moving truck – will be done using only a liftgate.


In addition to having the proper dollies and correctly equipped moving trucks, you can Read more here about all the specialized equipment a professional piano mover will utilize.


Expertise

Movers who spend the majority of their time moving household furniture simply do not have the level of expertise required to safely move a piano in all situations. Yes, there are some situations in which they may do just fine moving it, but what happens when something goes amiss? What do they do when they run into a challenging layout or an instrument with a unique design that makes moving it more difficult? How does placing the piano on a movers dolly differ from a spinet to an older tall upright? How does that differ from a grand or a player? How do they handle unique step situations that can create complications or even damage the instrument? How do they go about getting an instrument into a small door off of a very narrow hallway... and do so without breaking off a piano leg? Expertise to handle every moving situation is an essential characteristic of an excellent piano mover.

Evaluation

When you contact a mover in Plano to move your piano you can quickly determine if they are an excellent mover – or not. How does the mover go about evaluating your particular instruments move? If a mover asks very few questions about the location of the instrument, the type and size of the instrument, and where it will be going, then that should be a red flag.


When you contact the top mover in Plano - PianoProsDFW – we will ask a lot of questions. Sometimes customers find this annoying as they simply want to get a price to have their instrument moved from one house to another. However, in order to not only give an accurate quote, but to also make sure we are completely prepared for the move on moving day, there are things we must ask. We will ask for addresses. Not only do we need to these to determine mileage and distances involved in the move, we also need to them bring up accurate street views online so that we can see what type of steps may, or may not be involved. We also need to know the type of instrument you have to move. Is it an upright? If so, we need to know the height of the upright to not only give an accurate quote, but ensure we bring the right equipment and crew. If you have a grand, we need to know the length of the instrument. Again, this tells us what equipment and crew members to bring. If you have a photo of the piano, we will ask to see it. This can answer many of the questions we have about size and type of instrument as well as any unique features your particular instrument might have such as double-legged grands, players, or small based uprights. An excellent piano mover is going to ask a lot of question to evaluate the instrument and the move.


Experience

Perhaps the most important trait you should consider when hiring a professional piano mover in Plano to move your grand or upright, is their experience. While moving pianos for a year or two might give a mover insight into some of the more common piano moving situations, it is those unique situations that only many years of experience can remedy.


Every instrument is just a bit different from another either by design or perhaps due to previous damage or conditions due to age. Two identical 70 year old grands may be a totally different moving experience. Perhaps one has been well maintained and either never moved or always moved by the best professionals. The other could have suffered damage to the legs due to improper moving techniques or simply due to age and environmental conditions it has been exposed to. One of these instrument may be moved quite easily, even by a relatively inexperienced mover, the other may crash to the floor causing further damage to the instrument and damaging the floor.


Experienced piano movers know what to look for when preparing your grand or upright for moving. Experience tells the mover how to best navigate those challenging front porch steps or how to best place your grand within the room. Movers with experience know when to be extra vigilant with instruments of a certain age or design. Experience matters when you hire a mover.

When you are ready to move your grand or upright, make sure the mover you hire has the 4 traits of an excellent piano mover. Equipment – Expertise – Evaluation – Experience. Not all movers are created equal. Contact us today at PianoProsDFW for your Plano TX grand or upright move.

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