How to move a Piano
Moving a piano can be a very demanding part of a residential move. You may even consider sending it to storage to be dealt with separately after you have moved the rest of your household items. Due to their nature, even slight scratches or impacts can seriously damage your instrument, not only decreasing the value but making them unplayable in some cases. Bearing this in mind, there are a few approaches that you can take to ensure your piano reaches your new home in good condition.
How to move an Upright or Grand Piano
Most piano’s have wheels on the bottom of their legs. The wheels makes it easier to manoeuvre the piano around the house. However, to minimize the risk of damage to the floors or the piano, you should always make sure you have help.
Before you start moving or lifting the piano, make sure that any loose elements of the instrument are secure. Close and lock the keyboard lid and the fall board. If you have a an old sheet or cover, put it over the instrument before you start moving to prevent any scratches.
To lift a piano safely, it’s recommended to have a minimum of 4 people to help spread out the weight. Ideally, you will want your moving company to deal with this, but due to the very delicate nature of pianos, many people prefer to do it themselves to make sure they are not damaged. The best approach will vary depending on the kind of piano you have. Generally, upright pianos are not as heavy and have no legs so can be a bit easier to handle. A grand piano, on the other hand, will be much heavier and unwieldy due to its shape. Whatever type of piano you have, Moving Forward has the ability and skill to make sure it is unharmed during your move.
We like to use a sturdy loading trolley and lie the instrument down on it. Of course, stairs pose a challenge, but most times we find the piano is the center piece and stays on the main floor. For a grand piano, the ideal solution is to remove the legs to load and move the instrument, then assemble it after the move is complete. Doing it this way will not only prevent any damage to the piano, but will also cut down on the space requirements needed inside the moving truck.
How to Store a piano
Sometimes it may be easier or preferable to store the instrument while the move takes place. Once the move has been completed, pick it up and devote all the attention to moving the piano. This avoids the rush on moving day, and will prevent any unnecessary scratches or damage.
Before you move your piano to storage, it’s a good idea to give it a thorough cleaning by wiping down the instrument carefully and making sure it’s as free of dust as possible. Then cover it and make sure to fasten the cover so it doesn’t slip off accidentally.
When it comes to storage options, you may feel more comfortable having it at a friend’s house (if they have the space). This can be a good option because you know the instrument will be in a similar environment to your own, which can help keep it in good condition. Storage facilities are equally viable of course, although they are an additional cost. Do make sure that wherever you choose has a temperature regulated container, as a very high or low temperature will cause warping and damage.
One final note… Because we are one of the most knowledgeable movers in Kitchener, make sure to insure the piano, and double check that your movers have the correct licenses and insurance. We’ve heard lots of moving horror stories, and we want to prevent the same from happening to you. Enjoy this article? Check out our moving checklist to make your move even easier!
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