The only thing worse than moving is asking someone to help. Pianos are the Tyrannosaurus Rex of home possessions.

This week has been a nonstop whirlwind of dump runs, heavy lifting, organizing, labeling, and storage visits. We are preparing to move out of state, and on Monday we successfully relocated the one possession I've been dreading throughout the entire process. Pianos, albeit beautiful sounding and visually nice to have in the home, are a pain in the ass. When someone says yes to helping a person move, what they're really thinking is you suck for putting me in this position.

Prior to strapping the 500-pound instrument of irritation to a borrowed trailer for a two-mile drive to the storage unit Monday, I called around to see what it would cost to move it professionally. There aren't very many options locally to have this type of labor done, and the first business we reached out to quoted us nearly $400. I looked up the national average of having a piano moved, and was surprised to see that the quote wasn't an uncommon one.

There are many things that factor into the cost of moving pianos I learned. Location, the difficulty of getting the thing out of the home, mileage, and size are the common ones. I instantly ruled out going this route based on the cost alone. It would have been a holiday budget buster.

So, with the help of my sister-in-law's sons and father-in-law, we managed just fine to transport the piano safely to storage. As I followed behind the trailer that supported the piano, I couldn't help but think about how terrible it would have been to try to remove a busted piano off of Blue Lakes Boulevard in a timely manner during heavy drive time.

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