Moving home is stressful enough with all the paperwork, packing, and preparation. But if you have a move a piano, things get even more challenging.
Piano’s are heavy, awkwardly shaped, fragile, and in most cases, exceptionally expensive. Moving one is no small job and will involve significant preparation and planning. Here are five professional tips for moving a piano safely and carefully, helping you avoid any damage done to you or the piano.
Hire a Professional
The first tip almost goes without saying. If you can, hire a professional. Not only do they have the training, muscles, and know how to get the job done safely, many also offer insured piano moving services, so if anything does go wrong, your instrument is covered.
Many piano removal services are affordable and can be completed as part of a whole-house move or as a single item. If your budget extends to a professional service, this is always the best option.
Ask Around for Help
But, if your budget doesn’t stretch to a removal service and you are left with no choice but to move it yourself, the first thing you should do is ask around for help. Given the weight and shape of a piano, with four spindly legs just waiting to get caught on something, it is unrealistic to attempt the move with less than four people.
You might need to call in some favours to get your friends and family to help but trying to move the piano with less than four people puts both you and the piano at risk.
Get a Good Cart
Even with four people, you will need the right equipment. You will a strong furniture dolly that can support the weight of the piano during the move.
Once the piano is in the removal truck, you will also need strong straps to hold it down and prevent it from moving. Most truck rental companies have straps and furniture dolly’s available to rent. If not, you may be able to find one at your local hardware store.
Bring Plenty of Padding
You may not think it given the astronomical weight of the instrument, but a piano is delicate. If you are moving the piano, you should wrap the instrument in plenty of padding.
This could be bubble wrap or, if you don’t have bubble wrap, simply get as many heavy blankets as you can and use packing tape to secure them to the piano. Just try to avoid putting the packing tape directly on the piano’s surface, as it could damage the finish.
The goal is to get the corners and legs wrapped as these are the parts most likely to come into contact with the side of the truck, a door, wall or other item of furniture.
Lock the Keyboard Lid
Finally, before you attempt to move the piano, ensure you have closed and locked the keyboard lid. The lid opening unexpectedly is one of the most common causes of injury during piano moves. Fingers get trapped, and the lid can do damage to the piano itself and the wood finish when it opens at speed.
Okay, now you are ready to move the piano. Just when you do, don’t lift it by the legs, and make sure to keep it in an upright position whenever possible. Placing it on its side can damage the internal mechanics.
Good luck and remember to retune it once the moving process is over!