Need to move a heavy piece of equipment across San Francisco
May 18, 2017 3:08 PM   Subscribe

I have a large piece of workout equipment that I need to move across San Francisco.

The tricky part is that there are stairwells on both sides, and it weighs about 400 pounds. I'd like to get a specialized mover, since we will need some help with this, but I can't seem to suss out who is legit, or really find many options. I'm not a fan of craigslist, and the value and difficulty of it means I'd rather be done professionally.

Does anyone have any experience doing something like this? Is there a better term than "movers" to look for, since that is generally a scam-filled SEO hell-hole.
posted by lkc to Travel & Transportation (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: Use Yelp, and look for piano movers.
posted by Lyn Never at 3:12 PM on May 18, 2017 [1 favorite]

Best answer: Yeah, Yelp. I found good movers in Oakland a few years back via Yelp.
posted by MexicanYenta at 3:49 PM on May 18, 2017

Best answer: "stair-dolly" might also be a helpful term.
posted by rhizome at 4:04 PM on May 18, 2017 [1 favorite]

Best answer: I recommend Corrib. I used them to move a large sofa through some very challenging geometry*, and found them to be careful, friendly, and extremely competent. The sofa was certainly not as heavy as your exercise equipment, but they also do piano moving.

* I thought it wasn't gonna be possible, and they'd have to hoist it through a window or something
posted by aubilenon at 4:09 PM on May 18, 2017 [1 favorite]

Best answer: Anyone who can move appliances can move this. That will exclude many of the two guys and a truck operations, but most of the larger movers do this sort of thing all the time.

You will probably need to pay for four guys for a couple hours. When you call for quotes, try to be as specific as possible. Be aware that they may also want to take it apart if possible.
posted by bonehead at 5:37 PM on May 18, 2017

Response by poster: Thanks everyone!
We checked out Corrib but found a few minuses specifically for larger things, but poking around through appliance and piano movers on yelp, my wife found a well-reviewed company that specializes in moving PITA machines like this between studios, and was close to the drop-off point.
posted by lkc at 5:58 PM on May 20, 2017

Response by poster: Everything moved yesterday without a hitch. We went with Sierra Schleppers, in case anyone has this specific problem in the future.
posted by lkc at 4:47 PM on May 25, 2017 [1 favorite]

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