Did you know that an average piano has no less than 230 strings?
Each string holds up to 165 pounds of raw force. The total pulling force of these strings amounts to nearly 18 tons!
Now you understand why you have to be really careful when it comes to how to move a piano.
Pianos are considered to be the kinks of instruments. They are usually very heavy, weighing between 300 and 1,300 pounds. Many of them are also extremely expensive, so extra care is required when moving them.
If you have a piano and want to relocate it safely, check out the following tips to ensure you’re piano arrives at the destination in one piece.
How To Move a Piano – A Beginner’s Guide
One of the first things you think about when it comes to moving pianos is if you should do it by yourself or hire a qualified team of movers.
Some people consider they can manage this task easily with the help of a few friends who visit the gym frequently. However, a piano is a very delicate musical instrument and there are many things that can go wrong, especially if the piano is heavy.
It would be best to hire a professional company to move your beloved piano, especially since some of these firms insure your musical instrument during the relocation process. Here’s what you have to do to move the piano safely.
1. Measure the Piano
Before moving this large musical instrument, you need to find out its dimensions.
Do the measurements by yourself or let an expert do it for you. It’s important to do them twice to avoid mistakes.
For example, measure the height, width, and length of the piano. You should also measure the size of the front entrance door to ensure that it fits. If you live in a residential complex, you might want to measure the size of the elevator too.
It would be great if your piano has removable legs, so check that out. Removing these legs helps reducing its size and makes it easier for you to move it. Make sure that you also close the lid and secure it in place before attempting to move the piano.
2. Use Appropriate Equipment
Moving a piano with your bare hands is a recipe for disaster.
The team you hire to move this musical instrument requires appropriate equipment for this job. For example, gloves with a good grip are a must as well as heavy-duty straps. You also need a generous amount of padding to wrap the piano and protect its internal components from shocks and hits.
The legs of the piano and other removable parts should also be wrapped in soft padding to prevent damage. A dolly is necessary to transport the piano from your house to the truck, so make sure you use a good one which can support a lot of weight.
3. Clear The Path
Moving a piano is not an easy task, but you can make it easier.
For example, make sure that you clear the way while moving the piano and remove any obstacles that might be in your way.
Keep the doors open while you transport the piano out of the house and make sure that there are no shoes, carpets or other objects in your way. Any pets should be removed from the house as well as small kids which might accidentally obstruct your path.
4. Lift the Piano Carefully
The lifting part is one of the most difficult and sensitive tasks.
If the legs of the piano cannot be removed, don’t use them as leverage to lift the piano as they are very fragile. Each person should lift at the same time from all sides of the piano. This looks like a perfect choreography happening in a controlled manner to avoid damages to the musical instrument.
The piano should also be lifted using heavy-duty straps which give you more leverage when lifting it and carrying it out of the house. In some cases, small cranes are required to move large pianos. You should discuss your options with the moving company and find out what they use to lift the piano into the truck.
5. Secure The Piano In The Truck
It would be a pity to safely move the piano into the truck and have it damaged on your way to the destination.
Therefore, make sure that your musical instrument is safely secured in place. You should use heavy-duty ropes and plenty of cushioning to keep the piano stable in the truck. The piano shouldn’t move at all, not even when the truck maneuvers to the left or right.
It is also important for the driver to drive slowly and carefully as sudden maneuvers or excessive speed can damage the delicate internal components of your piano.
Packing the piano properly ensures that it arrives undamaged, especially if you’re moving it over a very long distance. You might want to use multiple blankets and bubble wrap to cover your piano and protect it from scratches, bumps, and hits.
6. Store In A Climate Controlled Room
In some cases, the piano needs to be stored for a while, until you find an appropriate house for it.
If this is the case, make sure that you go for a climate-controlled room. As you probably already know, wood tends to expand in warm environments and contract in cold ones. You don’t want temperature swings to damage your expensive piano, right?
Climate-controlled storage units preserve a constant temperature level 24/7. They are ideal for storing delicate goods such as musical instruments.
Begin Your Relocation Process Today!
Hopefully, this article answered your question when it comes to how to move a piano. These tips will definitely make a big difference and you’ll have your beloved piano arriving in one piece at your preferred destination.
The most important thing is to pack your piano properly. Check out our article on packing and crating to learn how we can help you safely pack your piano and/or other belongings you might want to transport to a new location!