If often get asked, “We are downsizing and don’t have room for the piano, but no one seems to want it!” I received another email in the last few days from a downsizer asking “what do I do with the piano”.
Piano’s, organs and pianolas can be the most challenging items to find new homes for – charities don’t want them, nor do auction houses. Piano shops/dealers are rarely interested unless they are a grand piano, rare or a fairly modern piano in beautiful condition.
A few weeks ago I was meeting a potential client at his mother’s home where there was an upright piano dating from around the 1900’s, maybe a few decades earlier. He mentioned he was going to list it online for $1200. I nearly choked, because I see these old pianos all the time, they usually need tuning and repairing, so if you can get $200-$400 for them you are doing well. (People often incorrectly think that because a piano is old it is valuable!)
So if you are downsizing, it is really important that you start looking for a new home for your piano asap as it can take time to find someone who wants it. People do look for pianos, but the issue is finding them … it’s like trying to find a needle in a haystack!
- You have probably already asked around family and friends!
- I usually start with checking if a local piano dealer is interested
- You can find piano shops/dealers in your area via a google search
- You can also ask if they move pianos
- Also if they take them away & what it costs (just in case you can’t find a new owner for it)
- Next, I list on an online site like gumtree –
- Take some good photos, indicate a realistic price.
- If you get no interest, then drop the price every few days until you do.
- Depending on the time you have available, if time is running out then your only option maybe to try to give it away for free
- If there is a piano stool, sometimes it is worth more than the piano!
- You can also contact local schools/churches and see whether you can put a sign on their noticeboard. You could even do a letterbox drop in your neighbourhood.
- If you are selling your house, when you have “open for inspections” put a “for sale” sign on the piano with your contact details –
- I have suggested this to 2 clients in recent years and both sold their pianos this way
- If you find a new home for it –
- It is best for the piano to be moved by professionals
- Have the name of a piano mover you can suggest but make the moving of the piano the new owner’s responsibility (& cost)
- If you don’t find a new home for it and you have little time left –
- Acknowledge that you tried really hard to find it a new home
- Call someone to remove it
- Wave it goodbye and get on with the next stage in your life ….
Hope that helps
Have fun downsizing …
Mary J Harnan BBus, 3a home sorting specialist | Aging Specialist, ICD | CD Specialist, ICD | Hoarding Specialist, ICD | Expert Member AAPO
Based in Balwyn North, Vic, I have sorted 100’s of homes & helped 100’s of senior adults & their families. I regularly speak about 3a decluttering and smart downsizing.