Everything You Need to Know About Moving Your Piano
Moving a piano is a very difficult task which requires tremendous preparation and manpower. The moving industry has actually carved out a niche for moving pianos because of the strenuous nature of the task. Pianos can easily weigh anywhere between 300 and 1,000 pounds, depending on the model. Therefore, you must understand the intricacies of what goes into moving this instrument out of your home. Making a mistake can result in an extended process and potential injury. Here is what you need to know in order to prepare yourself adequately.
Before moving the piano, you will need to get the proper tools to make the transfer. You’ll need moving blankets for protection, rolls of tape to secure the blankets in place, an appropriately sized piano board, straps and a screwdriver. You’ll obviously also need to a dolly in order to move the piano once your lifting team has successfully gotten the piano properly lifted.
Do not overestimate your own strength. If you are going to move something as heavy as a piano out of your home, you will need as much help as you can get. Trying to take on too much on your own will ultimately result in you hurting yourself or taking significantly longer than possible. It is highly recommended to start out with at least four helpers. You’ll probably end up needing more depending on the complexity of the move itself.
You should start with any available family, friends and neighbors that can help you. Find an available time that is suitable for all of you. More hands will not only make less work for you, but it will expedite the process significantly. If it is too much off a hassle for some to come, you could reward them with a monetary incentive, because it will be a lot of hard work that requires a lot of strength.
Before you move the piano, you should be measuring the staircases, hallways and doorways that you will have to move the piano through in order to assess how hard it will be to move it throughout your home. It’s also a good idea to ensure doors are open, floors are protected and any furniture that could come into contact with the piano is moved.
If there are concerns that the piano may nick a corner or get scratched during the transfer, you should cover sharp edges with extra towels or baby-proof bumpers. Be sure to protect your floors as well, because dragging a piano across that surface can cause some damage.
Moving The Piano
When it comes to actually moving the piano, there are certain things you need to understand. If you are planning to move an upright piano, you need to protect the pedals and the keys. You should cover these areas with a blanket and tape to ensure it is adequately secured. When you have done this, your team can hoist the piano onto a dolly that you have hopefully already set up. Someone needs to be on all sides of the piano, or someone can be injured lifting up the piano with extra weight.
As for moving a grand piano, you can make less work for yourself by disassembling the pedals and the legs. From this point, you need to ensure your lifting team are preventing the piano’s side from hitting the ground when the legs are removed. Then, you can delegate several team members to help secure the piano to the board with straps and then gradually re-assemble when it reaches its destination.
It’s also important to practice the proper technique when lifting in order to avoid injury. Special precautions should be made such as bending the needs so as to not throw out your back. Once the piano is secure on the dolly, it can then be transferred onto the truck.