Measurement A: Measure the most narrow, vertical point on your stairway. Start from the corner of the ceiling and measure to the top of the stair closest to the ceiling.
Measurement B: From the same point on the ceiling to the top of the stair above the stair you just measured to previously.
(Not Pictured): Width of the stairwell, going from wall to wall. If you cannot remove the hand rail, then measure from the wall to the hand rail instead.
Comparing these measurements to the height and width measurement of your instrument should confirm if your piano will make it past your staircase.
The majority of stair landings are a rectangular shape, but don’t assume this means your delivery team can easily get your piano past this point. The key here is leaving enough space for your delivery team to get your item around the corner.
Image and measurement info from: The Brick
Stairs With Turns
Turn details are extremely important. Often, we think of turns as landings within the staircase, however, a turn can also be the space at the bottom or even an entry with a wall close to the door.
BOTTOM OF STAIRWAY TURN
DIFFICULT LANDING TURN
INTERIOR STAIR TOP TURN APARTMENT STAIRWAY TURN
4. STORAGE UNITS
Modern Piano can provide affordable, climate controlled storage during your move if needed. Rather than have us deliver to a facility, it may save time and money to store with us. Click here if you would like to see our storage contract and pricing in PDF format.
If our trucks are not able to park closely at a storage facility, there may be additional charges.
MOVING OUT OF A STORAGE UNIT
- Piano must be accessible, we are unable to move furniture or personal items
- Grand pianos, must be set up so we can inspect the exterior condition
- Pianos not set up will incur an $80 set up fee or travel as “packaged by owner” with no valuation
MOVING INTO A STORAGE UNIT
- A place for the piano must be accessible
- Grand pianos must be set up so we can retrieve our equipment
5. TRACTOR TRAILER ACCESS
Our trucks are approximately 70’ long and 13’ tall.
During the quoting process, we will ask if there is access for a tractor trailer to park on your street. Streets should be wide enough that, without double parking, a lane of traffic can safely get by.
If your street cannot accommodate a tractor trailer, we will shuttle the piano. Typically, we either use an ATV with a custom-made trailer or we will rent a smaller truck.
OUR TRUCKS IN NEIGHBORHOODS
OUR ATV/CUSTOM TRAILER SETUP
SITUATIONS WHERE WE TYPICALLY NEED TO USE A SHUTTLE VEHICLE
Brick, paver, or cobblestone streets
Driveways longer than 400’
Single entrance apartment or condominium complexes
EXAMPLES OF CITIES WE FLAG FOR SHUTTLE VEHICLES