Moving a Piano

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General Moving

Every move brings certain challenges.  If you have specialty items, like a piano, you may have extra considerations to keep in mind.  While you may encounter heavy furniture in a move, it is usually only one or two pieces.  A few extra hands can usually help ease the weight.  Even smaller pianos weigh several pounds though.  In addition to being cumbersome, pianos are not a traditional shape, like a rectangular couch.  The strange shape mixed with the delicate nature of the instrument, especially the legs, requires care when lifting and moving it.  If a couch bumps the wall, it probably won’t do any damage.  If a piano hits a corner, it could scratch both wall and piano, as well as damage the inner workings of the instrument.

You may decide that you are going to attempt to move your piano by yourself.  While this is possible, keep in mind that it is a difficult process that requires extreme care.  Moving a piano on your own requires a little more work and preparation than the normal DIY move.  In addition to the extra hands, tools, and materials, you will need to prepare yourself for the weight and awkward shape of your instrument.  If you elect to move your piano yourself, make sure that you close up the lid and cover the keys.  If you cannot lock the lid or keys, do not use tape to secure them.  This can damage the finish.  You will want to use padded blankets to protect the piano.  You should keep the piano upright to protect the internal mechanisms.  You also will want to obtain a piano board to help move the piano and keep it level.  Be sure to use protective gloves to help grip your piano and enlist the help of strong friends who will be able to delicately lift and navigate your home to get your piano safely to its new spot.  Moving a piano is a daunting task though.  And if you are concerned about taking on the challenge, there is expert help you can turn to.

While it will be an added cost to hire professional piano movers, it may be worth it for the peace of mind.  Similar to hiring professional movers, you can sit back assured that your mover has the needed equipment and experience to safely get your piano from your old home to your new one.  You should do your research when selecting a piano mover.  You can look on the internet and ask others for advice who have had pianos moved.  Additionally, a call to the local piano or music store should be able to yield suggestions on reputable piano movers.  You should verify your piano mover’s insurance, they are required to carry it, and make sure you understand the coverage.  You may be able to have your piano covered during the move under your homeowners insurance as well.  A quick call to your insurance agent will inform you of your options there.  Piano movers are probably always the better choice when moving your instrument, but if you have to move a piano up or downstairs or it is a large grand piano, you should avoid a DIY piano move.  It will cost far more than piano movers if you have to repair or replace a piano because of a DIY accident.

Once you get your piano safely to your new home, you will want to situate it in a room that does not have too much humidity and will not experience temperature fluctuations.  Pianos can become warped or out of tune if they are experience these changes.  Being too close a fireplace, under a vent, or receiving sunlight from being next to a window could impact your piano.  You will also want to have your instrument tuned once it is securely in its new place.  The delicate workings inside may have shifted while in transit.  Finally, you can enjoy your piano knowing that is safely in its new home with the rest of your belongings.

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