Dueling Pianos. . . Can a Baby Grand Delay Closing?

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My clients and I were on the hunt for a home large enough to accommodate their baby grand piano.

After viewing a dozen or so homes, we found "the one". We knew it would accommodate the piano because the seller already had one in the formal dining room.

Baby grand piano

The offer was written and accepted. My clients house was under contract so this would be a back-to-back closing.

 

Things got interesting on closing day. . .

 

At 8:00 a.m. we learned that the sellers daughter couldn't pick up the piano before closing. No worries; my clients said they could pick it up later in the week. 

A piano mover was scheduled for 9:00 a.m. to move my clients piano... except they didn't show up!

My clients received a text stating there was a delay and they rescheduled for 10:00 a.m. Once again, the movers failed to show. After numerous phone calls, the movers rescheduled for 1:00 p.m. All the while, closing was tenuous. 

Eventually they arrived, carefully wrapped the piano (below, left) for transport, and relocated it to its new home.

Dueling Pianos

Here are the pianos, side by side. The one on the right was picked up after closing, with the new owners permission.

 

So, yes, baby grands can delay closing. It almost delayed THIS one. Fortunately, thanks to the patience and understanding of all Realtors and parties involved (especially my wonderful clients), closing was not delayed. 

 

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Rainmaker
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Pat,

What a story, and we are delighted that it all worked out, and you closed on time.  Congratulations. A

Aug 17, 2018 08:18 AM #1
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

A few years ago, one of my family members bought a hillside home with a stunning view which overlooked Reno, Nevada.  There was a grand piano there, and the seller kept failing to get removed.  It ended up staying with the property.  The good news.  I have several family members who know how to play it.

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Aug 17, 2018 08:24 AM #2
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Grant Schneider
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Good afternoon Pat - perhaps people with fine Baby Grands have more understanding for moving glitches.

Aug 17, 2018 12:18 PM #3
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Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel - it was an unnerving kind of day but we persevered! 

Myrl Jeffcoat - glad the "gift" of the piano worked out for your family! The seller wanted to leave a grandfather clock for my clients, too. We opened the door and discovered it had been an anniversary present at some point to a long-forgotten couple. There was a plaque with the 25th anniversary date inscribed in 1980. The stories we run across in this business continue to amaze me!

Aug 17, 2018 12:22 PM #4
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Chris Ann Cleland
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No two transactions are ever alike, which is why I love this job.  

Aug 17, 2018 01:50 PM #5
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George Souto
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Pat that is a new one on me.  I am sure it is tricky getting one of them things through a door way.

Aug 17, 2018 02:21 PM #6
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Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty  some buyeers would not be so nice .The sellers were very lucky

Aug 17, 2018 02:41 PM #7
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Carol Williams
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Hi Pat,
We will never live long enough to say "we've seen it all", will we?  There is always some new surprise out there.  Glad it all worked out!

Aug 17, 2018 05:50 PM #8
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Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
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Maybe so Grant Schneider. Both sellers seemed ok with the time delay, although the first buyer in the chain of events was happy to see the piano leave his new house!

Aug 17, 2018 06:25 PM #9
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Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
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It's always something Chris Ann Cleland.

George Souto - I watched them pack the piano. The legs come off and the piano was wrapped in a blanket. The trick is removing the first leg then tilting the piano on its side.

Piano in transport

Aug 17, 2018 06:35 PM #10
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
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Moving a piano is quite an art - and then the retuning after it's moved and in a new environment. Love this story - glad all were cooperative. D

Aug 18, 2018 07:42 AM #11
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Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
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Part of the problem was the piano had to be moved the day of closing and go immediately into the climate controlled environment. That made it a delicate juggling act Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD. Everyone was relieved at the end of the day, for sure!

Aug 18, 2018 10:53 AM #12
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Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
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Glad it worked out for all Pat. It must have been disappointing for everyone for a while, but at least the deal finally closed!

Aug 18, 2018 01:36 PM #13
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Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
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Every transaction seems to bring new and difference challenges, Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400. This was a first for me! Movers that didn't show up when scheduled made everything go awry for a few hours.

Aug 18, 2018 04:12 PM #14
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Likes attract so the seller and the buyer had similar tastes. So glad it worked out for all parties. Those movers don't sound very dependable.

Aug 18, 2018 07:49 PM #15
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Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
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Debbie Reynolds - There is only one company in town that specializes in moving pianos and they have been in business for years. My understanding is someone lost their job over this debacle. Whether that's true or not, I don't know for sure.

Aug 19, 2018 10:22 AM #16
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Jane Peters
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I thought when I saw the title that the sellers' piano was going to be conveyed. That would have been fun.

Aug 24, 2018 01:31 PM #17
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Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
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If they hadn't picked it up within the first week, it would have conveyed Jane Peters! The seller did throw in a grandfather clock, simply because they didn't want to move it.

Aug 29, 2018 12:46 PM #18
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