Piano removal and disposal near you
Getting rid of a piano on your own can be difficult. They’re heavy, hard to load, and can’t be thrown away with the rest of your garbage. So what can you do when you’re ready to part ways with your old ivory keys?
You guessed it—it’s time to call your friendly neighborhood junk removal experts at 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. Our crew is ready and waiting to take all the stress and heavy lifting out of disposing of that old piano.
Please note that not all locations are able to accept pianos, so give us a call to see how best we can help.
We pick up all types of pianos
Because of the complex nature of piano disposal, there are some types of pianos that we may not be able to remove. Our friendly, uniformed truck teams will be more than happy to take a look at your piano onsite and let you know what your disposal options are. Pianos we can typically take for you include:
- Grand or Baby Grand Pianos
- Upright Pianos
- Organs & Console Pianos
- Digital Pianos & Keyboards
- Parlor Pianos
- Toy Pianos
How our pricing works
The final cost of your junk removal can vary greatly depending on what we take, how much needs to be removed and how big of a crew will be needed to get the job done. 1-800-GOT-JUNK? is always happy to provide you with a free onsite, zero-obligation estimate, so don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Click here to see our pricing.
Why hire a professional piano pickup and removal service instead of donating your old piano?
Piano donation services sound like a great way to get rid of a piano but often come with big challenges and limitations. Even if you have a perfect piano that passes the standards for donation, the process to get it donated can take weeks and at the cost of your time, energy, and space.
Free piano pickups and donations, such as Pianos for Education, have strict requirements for what qualifies for donation or free pick up. Your piano needs to be one of the listed brands and it must be in good condition for it to be worthwhile for them to pick it up. If you pass those basic criteria, you can fill out their form which requires descriptions of the model, serial number, your personal information, and requires you to upload photos showing the quality of the piano. After going through all of that, you’ll have to wait 3 to 7 days to hear if you qualify for an old piano donation. It’s possible they may follow up by asking for more details or photos. If you do qualify for donation, you’ll have to organize a pickup time that is likely days to weeks later when the donation service can organize resources to pick it up, leaving you with a piano you don’t want for weeks.
Comparably, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? takes all the stress out of piano pickup and removal. Find out if we take pianos in your area by calling us to book your onsite estimate. We’ll be there as soon as you need us to give you a no-obligation quote and let you know what your best piano disposal options are. Then you can sit back and watch as your piano disappears!
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Piano removal FAQs
Getting rid of your old piano is not as simple as throwing it into the trash. Pianos are large and made of materials that do not break down naturally in landfills.
Here’s how you can properly get rid of your old piano:
- Determine if your broken piano is beyond repair - if it can be fixed, it may have more value being donated.
- Check to see if your local trash or junk removal service, charities, and recycling facility accepts pianos or offers piano disposal service.
- Schedule a pickup time with piano movers.
- Clear a path for the piano movers to carry the instrument through.
Moving a piano is more than a one-person job. Your best option is to hire professionals who have the tools to handle it for you.
One way to dispose of an old piano is to donate it. However, the size of your piano and the condition that it is in plays a large role in whether or not an organization will accept your donation.
There are many places that accept piano donations, including:
- Nonprofit organizations
- Social groups
- Retirement homes
- Recreation centers
- Service clubs
- Afterschool programs.
Donating to many of these organizations may be tax-deductible. Of course, there may be organizations in your area that also accept pianos in need of repair.
Pianos are made of several materials, including wood, steel wire, screws, and cast iron, that can be recycled once the instrument is broken down. If you’re looking to give your piano a second chance at life, check with your local recycling centers to find out if they will accept a used piano and whether or not it will cost you money to deliver it.
If you're getting ready to get rid of your old piano, you may want to dismantle it first for easier transportation.
To dismantle a piano:
- Open the piano lid and key cover to see inside the piano
- Unscrew the piano desk, or the space where the sheet music rests, to expose the harp
- Loosen the screws on the piano key cover to remove
- Remove the lower board cover, or the wall that houses the foot pedals, to expose the lower mechanism
- Loosen the screws and remove the top lid
- Unscrew and remove the muffler felt that runs across the action, or hammers
- Remove the bracket screws to loosen and remove the action
- Pull each key straight up to remove and place aside
- Loosen the tension in every string on the harp by turning the tuning pegs counterclockwise for safety
- Loosen and remove the key bed
- Lay the piano down for stability
- Remove the side supports
- Finally, remove the piano harp