How To Move A Piano

Probably the most important facet of moving a piano is communication.  The type of piano and the access at both the origin and destination locations will determine the equipment and staffing required to transport the piano safely.  Critical information that needs to be communicated to Olympia Moving includes:

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1)     What type of piano are you moving (upright, spinet, baby grand, concert grand)?

2)     What is the access like at your origin residence (stairs, elevator)?

3)     What is the access like at your destination residence (stairs, elevator)?

4)     How the piano was moved in originally; i.e. was a crane required?

The bottom line is that when moving a piano, you want to avoid the potential for any “surprises.”

It would help if you also considered whether you want to take out any additional liability coverage for your move.  There are two options that Olympia makes available to our clientele.  The first option is at no additional charge and comprises the legally mandated 60 cents per pound article.  The second option is called or “Replacement Value Coverage” and allows you to increase the level of coverage for your relocation.  A detailed explanation of these options is available to you here.

Along with our partner, Wheaton World Wide, Olympia has been named as the official mover for Steinway and Sons.  Our movers receive specialized training in transporting pianos of all sizes and are supplied with the newest and latest equipment.

Click here to learn more about Olympia’s piano moving and storage services.

9 Essential Items You Shouldn’t Bring on Your Move

While we are certainly happy to move boxes of old newspapers from one basement to another for you, this is often not a particularly economical approach.  Relocating to a new home is a great opportunity to purge unused and unwanted items.  A good rule of thumb is that if you haven’t opened a box or used an item since your last move, it may be time to get rid of it.

Items Not To Pack
Items Not To Pack

On Local Moves, which are based upon an hourly rate, additional boxes of books and papers simply add to the total amount of time to complete the job.  The addition of 10 – 20 additional boxes typically will not add any significant time or cost to the move.

On Interstate Moves, which are based upon weight, eliminating excess boxes of papers, magazines, or books can have a significant impact upon the final cost of the move.  Before you start packing, it is certainly a good idea to sort through what items you want to take and what items you can discard or donate.

In addition to the above, there are several items that Olympia simply cannot transport for legal and/or liability reasons.  These include, but are not limited to:

1)     Fire extinguishers

2)     Any gas in tanks; such as propane or oxygen

3)     Aerosol cans

4)     Paints, varnishes, solvents, thinners, oils, heating agents

5)     Ammonia, bleach and household cleaning agents

6)     Auto batteries

7)     Lighter fluid

8)     Ammunition

9)     Any combustible products

For more check our full list of items not to pack.

Moving Plants Locally and Interstate Takes Some Consideration

We are frequently asked about whether we can move plants.  The answer to this question is two-tiered, as it depends upon the type of service that you require.

On Local Moves, our preference is that you relocate plants on your own; however that is not always feasible.  Olympia can and will move plants, but cannot make any guarantees as to the safe transport of these items.

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Smaller plants should be placed in a box with the top taped open; whereas larger plants should be left as they are.  If your shipment involves an “overnight hold”, it is advisable that you water your plants 12-24 hours before the move.  The crew will certainly do their best to ensure that your plants arrive safely at your new home; however Olympia does not accept any liability for plants.

On longer Interstate Moves it is often advisable to give plants away rather than move them.  Plants are difficult to load properly and do not typically do well in the back of a trailer for days without water.  Having said this, there are no legal regulations against moving plants across state lines, and it is ultimately at the discretion of the individual driver.



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8 Essential Tips on Planning Your Next Move

Planning your relocation involves far more than simply contacting a moving company.  The following represents a partial list of suggestions for how you can help to organize your move and, at the same time, take some of the stress out of the process.

1)     Start by setting aside a moving folder, containing notes and reminders for your upcoming move.

Moving Calendar
Moving Calendar’s Are Essential

2)     Keep a running list of the people and companies that need to be notified of your change of address.

3)     Take an inventory of items you intend to relocate and those you intend to purge before the move.  Make arrangements to sell or dispose of unwanted household goods.

4)     Obtain packing materials for your upcoming move.

5)     Begin packing non-essential items such as books and clothes (remember, packing always takes longer than you anticipate).

6)     If appropriate, arrange for child care on moving day.

7)     Set aside an area to keep all items that you do not want to be moved; such as important documents, passports, jewelry etc.

8)     If you do not think you will be able to complete all of the packing, contact your movers as soon as possible to ask for packing assistance.  The better prepared you are on the day of your move, the less time it will take.

Check out our moving tips section for more helpful planning hints for your next move. Contact Olympia Moving or call to get a moving estimate.