Moving is a huge undertaking; it requires a hefty amount of thoughtful planning beforehand in order to ensure that the project goes smoothly, and without any disastrous outcomes. This can be especially true when moving heavy or particularly valuable items. If you own a piano, chances are you have dealt with moving it before. There are several different kinds of pianos, and both create unique challenges for movers. Whether you own an upright or a grand piano will determine the best way of getting it to its new location. Depending on their size, pianos can weigh anywhere from 300-1200 pounds. As you can imagine, this will require several, sweet and generous human beings to help you out, unless you decide to hire a team of professional movers for the day. In fact, moving a piano is usually best achieved by professional movers for several reasons.
Hire a experienced mover
It can be a tough decision to have to make to enlist the help of outsiders to move your piano for you, and it can be awfully tempting to ask all of your best friends to get together to make it happen; however, for a number of reasons, this just isn’t safe nor is it effective. Preventing the “disastrous outcome” mentioned earlier is best achieved by having experienced individuals perform the move for you. They are familiar with all the safety procedures and precautions that come with moving such a heavy item. It is important to ensure the protection of the piano itself, but also the individuals who are moving it. The classic “a piano fell on him” outcome is not desirable, and should be avoided at all costs—even if the piano only falls on his toe.
Lifting the piano is better
Relying on the wheels to move the piano is never a good idea; as you can imagine, the tiny wheels on the bottom of your piano are not truly meant to help move the piano for any kind of extended distance. In fact, the wheels are mostly decorative, and if you do attempt to move the piano with the weight resting on the wheels, it can likely cause severe damage to the flooring beneath it. It is best to have the piano lifted, not wheeled around.
Pad it & purchase movers’ insurance
Another tip for moving a piano is, of course, padding it. However, especially with larger pianos, they usually need to be taken apart. Do not panic; there are also professionals that can help put it back together once it’s been moved to its new destination. In fact, you will likely want the piano to be tuned and “checked out” to be sure there are no broken or missing pieces after the move. While professional movers are there to help, sometimes accidents happen. In fact, purchasing movers’ insurance is never a bad idea.
Careful lifting is essential
As mentioned before, padding the piano adequately is an important step in moving it. A lot of delicate craftsmanship goes into engineering and designing such wonderful instruments, and when moving it, you will want to preserve the integrity of its structure and functionality. One of the most delicate pieces, and heaviest, of a piano, is the cast iron harp that houses the piano’s strings. This is the piece that is largely responsible for producing such beautiful sound. Protecting this integral part of the structure is critical, and professionals who have moved a piano many times in their careers should still lift it very carefully.
When looking for a moving company to help move your piano, you should make sure you do your research first, of course. Look for companies with excellent reputations and that have stellar reviews from others in your community who have used their services before. Relying on the company’s advertisements is simply not enough—make sure that they have the proper licensing and Better Business Bureau reputation. Pianos are not cheap items; they range in price from hundreds to thousands of dollars, and generally hold a special place in the hearts of those who own them. For this reason, it is never recommended that you attempt to move a piano yourself, no matter how confident you may feel in your ability. Leave it to the experts who do it for a living and have the dedicated manpower—you may regret it if you don’t.