How to quickly sell a piano

Publish Date: 9 May 2022

Want to know how to sell a piano fast? Whether you are moving home, having a clear-out or wanting to upgrade, when it comes to quickly selling a piano, it can be challenging to know where to start. In this piece, we will be talking you through the steps to preparing your piano to ensure a quick sale for the right price.

How to sell a piano fast

When it comes to selling your piano, preparation is key which is why there are several steps you will want to take to be in the best position for a quick sale.

The first step is to have your piano appraised to help you accurately ascertain its current market value. You can approach a piano technician or tuner for an appraisal, and whilst it is a service you will have to pay for, it is definitely worth your time and money to do so. An appraisal is the most accurate way to get a price for your piano as it considers the condition it is currently in, how it has been maintained, the brand, age, and the current market prices.

Once your appraiser has come up with a figure, you can begin your research to determine the fair market value. This process will entail checking with local music shops and online to see what other models similar to your own are currently going for whilst considering the appraisal value. Your appraiser can only give you the fair market value, but it is essential to do your research alongside this figure as the market is subject to change.

Alongside these steps, it may be worth taking the time to get your piano in the best condition possible both internally and externally to attract buyers. There are a few simple steps you can take to help increase the value of your instrument, such as having it returned. A seemingly simple step, retuning is a great way to improve your chances of selling, especially to an experienced pianist who will know what sound they want to hear.

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If you approach a piano technician for a Piano appraisal, it may also be worth your while to inquire about piano restoration. In most cases, it will cost you more to restore your piano than you would make in the sale, but in some instances, it can help increase the value. Once all of the following steps have been completed, you will be in a strong position to sell your piano quickly and for the right price.

You can confidently go into a sale with a private buyer, an auction or a piano shop with the correct knowledge and information regarding your piano. However, it is important to note that opening your piano up to private buyers may not be the route to take if you are looking for a quick sale. This option can lead to a lot of wasted time, with people often happy to view your piano without committing to a purchase and is a process that is known to drag out.

Equally, if you decide to auction off your piano, you may be left dissatisfied with the price and the process. You may initially be thrilled with the valuation they give, but ultimately your piano is only worth what someone will pay for it on the day- and this could be well under market value!

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Sell Quickly with Markson Pianos!

To avoid all the stress and hassle associated with selling a piano, why not get in touch with our team at Markson Pianos?

We understand the importance of a quick and easy sale, and we regularly purchase upright and grand pianos from customers who need their instruments gone fast for a fair price. Our Markson team will be more than happy to provide you with a quote once we ascertain the manufacturer, the case style and finish, the age and serial number, the current condition, and whether it is overstrung or straight strung as we only purchase overstrung pianos.

If you decide you are happy with our offer, our trained team of piano transporters can arrange to collect it from your property, free of charge. To find out more about selling your piano to us, feel free to visit our dedicated Buy My Piano page, where there are more details and a contact form. You can also email us with photos of your piano at