Answered by Robert MoreschiFebruary 6, 2013
Hi, thanks for visiting Movers.com! Your predicament is a fairly common one, but nonetheless one that presents a lot of challenges. Pianos are heavy and cumbersome items to move, even if you have multiple people assisting you, and sometimes you need professionals who are well-practiced in the art of moving such large, difficult items.
Any local moving company will be able to assist you in moving the piano, and since you'll only be moving the furniture from one floor to another and will not require a truck, you'll only need moving labor. The whole process should only take an hour or two and you'll pay the movers by the hour. Typically, most local moving companies will charge you between $80-$120 per hour for moving labor.
Of course, if you choose to hire a moving company to assist you, they'll bring along all of the necessary items and moving supplies, such as blankets, shrink wrap and dollies. These items will be essential to moving your piano and sofa, and they will play a big role in the move. Without them, you can risk damaging your items, or even your home. Blankets and wrap will protect both your piano and sofa, and it will also protect your walls and floors during the move, especially if you have hardwood flooring, which can be easily damaged by moving an item as big and heavy as a piano.
If your piano is very expensive, you may also want to consider purchasing some moving insurance for it for the day you are planning on moving it, that way it is covered in the event that something happens to it during the move.
If you want to learn more about how to pack your piano and sofa to prepare it to be moved, we have helpful videos on both topics right here:
How Movers Pack Pianos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HN8LgrBB89o&list=PLCE9D26D5AEC932FE
Packing a Sofa: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmH_RFDgWx0&feature=player_embedded
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Also, feel free to read through our extensive collection of moving guides to learn more about how you can prepare for the move, and if you're interested in just hiring some moving labor to get the job done, you can visit our moving labor page to get a free quote for your job.