They have sent videos and it sounds great, but I would need to have a tech inspect before moving further. Theyâ€™re asking 9k and open to offers. 10K is my budget, but I thought of saying I would pay 9k less the inspection fee if they pay moving costs. Is that fair?
Nash, I think your strategy is a poor one, unless your goal is to annoy the seller. First of all, the inspection fee is trivial with respect to a piano of this value: $100 to $200 is the cost of an inspection, not more. You should simply pay this and take the small risk. Otherwise you appear more cheap than honorable. Secondly, the moving costs for this grand from one US state to another might be significant, and my advice is to explore what these would be right now. Could be several hundred dollars or more. I can't guess.
Most sellers - unless they are piano dealers, accustomed to moving pianos - have no idea about piano moving, and have no interest in getting involved in it. They just want their piano gone from their home, usually after years of indecision. So for you to put the moving issue back in the seller's court will not endear you to him or her.
However, in a quiet way you can likely accomplish a similar goal. Once you know the cost of this move, and once you have paid $100-$200 up front for a technical inspection that proves favorable, simply make an offer of, say, $7000 to $8000 for the piano.