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Choosing the Right Piano Moving Company for Your Cross-Country Move

Tue, Apr 16, 2024 at 9:57AM

Choosing the Right Piano Moving Company for Your Cross-Country Move

So you're getting ready to pack up everything and move across the country to your new home. How exciting! I'm sure you've got a million things on your mind as you plan and prepare. But if you're a piano owner, there's one really big thing you need to think about — getting that beautiful instrument safely to your new place. 


Moving a piano isn't like tossing a couch on the truck. These are huge, crazy-heavy, intricate pieces of craftsmanship. You just can't treat them like regular furniture. Trust me, you do not want to try wrestling one of those suckers into a rental truck or have some guys who don't know what they're doing mishandling it. That's a recipe for disaster that could leave your treasured piano damaged beyond repair.


As someone who has been in the specialized piano moving business for over 25 years, I've seen it all. Pianos dropped and dented. Soundboards cracked from humid trucks. Keys and actions taken apart and put back together wrong. Absolute nightmare fuel for any piano lover.


That's why when you're making a long-distance move, it's absolutely crucial to hire pros who really know their stuff when it comes to piano relocation. At Modern Piano Moving, we live and breathe the art of getting these delicate instruments from Point A to Point B safely and securely.


Let me walk you through what makes us experts and why you should entrust your piano to our team.


The Training and Certification


First off, our movers aren't just some guys with strong backs - they go through rigorous, specialized training on all the ins and outs of piano moving. We follow stringent certification standards from the American Society of Piano Technicians. Every mover learns the proper techniques for dismantling, wrapping, lifting, loading, unloading, and re-assembling pianos. We study piano construction and materials so we understand exactly how to handle them. It's like sending our crews to a piano-moving university before we let them near an instrument.


The Souped-Up Trucks and Equipment  


We're also equipped with a whole arsenal of custom piano moving trucks, ramps, dollies, and tools that regular moving companies just don't have. Our trucks have reinforced suspensions and air-ride systems to keep your piano stable and secure on the road, with custom-built ramps and mounted loading systems to carefully transfer it without strain or drops. We use special hydraulic ramps, four-wheel piano movers, and adjustable lid trucks to properly maneuver your piano in tight spaces. Basically, we've got all the right piano moving toys to make sure the job is done smoothly and safely.


Climate-Controlled Shipping

While moving equipment is crucial, climate control is an often overlooked aspect of cross-country piano transportation. Wooden pianos in particular are highly susceptible to damage from extreme temperatures and humidity levels during a long move.


At Modern Piano Moving, our piano moving trucks feature state-of-the-art climate control systems to maintain an optimal interior environment during transport. We carefully monitor temperature, humidity levels, and air quality to prevent cracking, warping, or other damage that can occur with fluctuating conditions. Your piano will travel in a stable microclimate until it reaches its destination.


Comprehensive Insurance


Of course, even with world-class training and equipment, things can still go wrong out on the road. That's why we go overboard with our insurance coverage to protect your investment. Modern Piano Moving has a full-value insurance policy that covers your piano's total replacement cost if any damage occurs during shipping. We're talking full repairs or a brand-new instrument of equal value.


Most moving companies might try to get away with only covering partial value, but not us. We want you to have complete peace of mind that your piano is 100% protected from pick-up to delivery. No fine print, no deductibles - if something bad happens, you're fully covered.


Cross-Country Shipping Experts


Pulling off a successful cross-country piano move requires a very specialized skill set that goes way beyond just loading a truck. You need logistics masters who can plan the perfect routes, secure all the necessary permits and paperwork, and know exactly how to transport these instruments over long distances through all kinds of conditions and terrain. 


With 25+ years of nationwide shipping experience under our belts, we've picked up all the tricks and strategies. Our movers are true road warriors who have relocated pianos from coast to coast through blizzards, deserts, you name it. We plan each long haul strategically with options for optimal routes and secure rest stops along the way.


Communicative and Customer-Focused


Finally, I want to highlight that throughout this whole process, we work our tails off to make sure you're in the loop and getting outstanding service. We appoint a dedicated Move Coordinator to every client to be their main point of contact for questions, updates, and working through all the details of the move. You can reach us by phone, email, or through an online customer portal to easily check in on things.


Our team takes huge pride in treating our customers (and their homes) with the utmost courtesy and professionalism. The movers show up on time, fresh, and ready to work. We're honest, we're responsive, and we hold ourselves accountable to deliver a stress-free experience from start to finish.


The Right Piano Movers for the Job


At the end of the day, this is likely one of your most prized possessions we're talking about - an instrument that means something much more than just its monetary value. You've got to be able to trust the company you hire to appreciate just how special and irreplaceable your piano is.


Whether it's a hand-me-down upright that's been in the family for generations or a gorgeous grand piano you saved up for years to buy, we understand the sentimental connection. We're not just transitioning a piece of furniture, but something that brings beauty, music, and joy into your life. That's why we go to such lengths to make sure your piano is handled with incredible care and moves seamlessly into its new home.


So do your research, and ask all the right questions about training, equipment, insurance, and experience. Make sure you're not just hiring any old moving company to throw your piano in a truck. You need real piano-moving experts who live up to the highest standards. 


With our fantastic team, top-of-the-line fleet, and overall passion for this craft, Modern Piano Moving gives you confidence that your treasured instrument will make it to its destination safe, sound, and ready to brighten up your new place with beautiful music. Reach out today and let's get your cross-country move started off on the right note!


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Milton Heads South  Tennessee, US

Apr 27 2023 

This is the second time we have moved "Milton" with Modern and both times have been a great success. Thank you for treating my piano like it was your own family heirloom.