Tips for Piano Moving
Moving a piano is an endeavor that requires advance planning and great effort. A piano is heavy. An upright piano weighs over 350 pounds while a grand piano can weigh more than 1,000 pounds. It is heavy in a peculiar way. A piano, especially if it is an old model upright, tends to be top-heavy. This atypical distribution of weight may make a piano pretty unstable and hard to move. A piano is fragile. Its finish is extremely susceptible to being scratched, dented, or nicked. The hammers and strings inside it can easily be put out of alignment. A piano is also a very expensive piece of furniture. You do not want anything bad to happen to your piano in the process of moving it from one location to another.
How do you move a piano safely and efficiently?
• Consider the distribution of weight
A piano is heavy – in a particular way. It has light and fragile legs. It is top- heavy. If you want to successfully move a piano, you have to understand how its weight is distributed. You have to make sure that the piano is able to stay balanced through the entire moving process.
You do not want to scratch or nick the piano’s veneer. However, you need to pay attention not only to the piano’s exterior but, more importantly, to the intricate workmanship that is found inside the instrument.
You risk damaging the piano’s hammers and strings if the piano tips. Moreover, a piano carried in a lopsided manner is likely to tilt over and cause serious harm to the people who are trying to move it. It is therefore imperative that you seriously think about and plan how you are going to move a piano before carrying out the attempt.
• Assemble a team
You need a minimum of four people to move a piano. You will need at least two to lift it and another two to handle the equipment and guide you through the corners.
• Prepare your team
Make sure that everyone uses comfortable sneakers and clothes. Take off all accessories and jewelry, especially the dangling kind. If anything – necklace, bracelet, or a tie, gets tangled in the piano, this can lead to serious trouble.
• Prepare the piano
You need professional gear to move a piano. You need heavy-duty furniture straps to make it easy and safe to lift and carry the piano. You need a couple of furniture dollies to roll the piano on flat and even surfaces. Your piano may have metal casters. These casters may be sufficient to move your piano only a few inches. They are too fragile to bear the weight of the piano if you are moving it by more than just a few paces. Moving dollies are stronger and more stable. If it is possible, remove the piano’s legs and move them as a separate piece. Close and lock the lid. Stuff it with a blanket or a big towel for added protection. If the lid cannot be locked, tape a blanket over it to keep it secure. Get hold of heavy and thick blankets. Drape them around the body of the piano. Secure the blankets with moving tape.
Make it your top priority to maintain the piano’s balance. This is essential for reducing the risk of damaging the interior. Have one person at each side of the piano lift the piano onto the furniture dollies. Have other individuals guide the movements, especially around corners. In case you have to maneuver your way over a bump, make sure that you do it ever so slowly. Move the wheels one set at a time over the bump.
If moving the piano requires you to go up or down stairs, you should seriously consider the option of hiring professional movers.When rolling the piano to the moving truck, do it as gently as you can. Make sure to board the heavier left side (the side which holds the bass keys) of the piano on the ramp first.
Placement on the Moving Truck
Make sure that the piano is among the very first things loaded on the truck. The deep inside of the truck is the safest and most excellent place for a piano.
Put as many boxes as you can around the piano for support. Keep it snug by tucking in various items about it. Make sure that it has enough boxes around it to prop it up and keep it secure, stable, and in place during the drive. You do not want it to move around while in transit.
Plan Where You Want to Position the Piano in its New Home
Before rolling the piano from the truck, you should know where you want it positioned in its new location.
The best place for a piano is a spot where there is enough space for a couple of players, as well as for few people who may want to sing along. It is best to put the piano near an inner wall to keep it safe from the cold air, mold, and moisture. A piano that has been moved will need some tuning up. Wait for a month or so for the piano to get used to its new surroundings. After this period, you may call a professional piano tuner to get it tuned.
Get Professional Movers
The best way to move a piano is to get professional movers to do the job. A piano is not a three-seater. It is a heavy, expensive and fragile piece of furniture that is best moved by people who have the experience and skills for the job.