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I have a Hopkinson upright piano that I bought new in 1991 for about 2,000 pounds sterling. I now require a valuation for insurance purposes for a house removal, can anyone help me with this?
An excellent example will only be in the low hundreds mind.
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How I read this is that you require a valuation for your piano ONLY for a piano removal company? .... is that right?
If so, I think the removal company just need a rough temporary figure, so they are covered on their liability insurance. Some companies have liability for around £2Million.
If you only require a value for removal (just to cover the piano from A to B), then leave it at £2K or drop a bit .... we know it won't be worth that market value, and should cover it OK. If the piano had masses of provenance, e.g. Steinway Louis XIV, boudoir grand with ornate carved cherubs/ rosewood etc.... then the removal company may not touch it.... I had this problem last year, simply to move a Steinway a couple of miles.... then if they agree, the removal price rockets.
If you require a valuation for other reasons aswell.... i.e. your own household insurance/ selling / general interest, then obviously you'll need to follow the advice given above. Photos would be needed, face to face inspection & tuning, see previous tuning & servicing invoices etc etc.
£2K is just a drop in the ocean for certain removal companies, but they just need to know its rough value as it stands, and would only be valid for the removal journey alone.
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