Strike any key on a piano and you’ll get an inimitable, resonant sound. Try to move the piano though and you’ll probably get an inimitable headache. They may make beautiful music, but pianos are heavy (even light pianos weight around 300 lbs.), they’re large and awkwardly shaped. If you happen to drop one while you’re moving it, a replacement will cost you thousands. Packing up a piano correctly and making the effort to move it safely can add a lot of time (and a few torn ligaments) to a residential move.
If at all possible, you should hire a professional movers to handle the job. Only professional movers are specialize in getting these unwieldy instruments from point A to point B. Some garden variety residential movers have the experience and tools necessary to safely move your piano. However, if you’re serious about moving your piano right, it’s best to go with a professional movers.
Regardless of who you pick to handle the job, the most important part of moving a piano is packing it. In a nutshell, this means wrapping the piano in a series of blankets and pads so that the surface of the piano isn’t scuffed or gouged (refinishing a piano can be almost as expensive as replacing it). In many cases, a piano’s delicate, internal moving parts will need to be secured as well. Making sure the piano is moved in a way that avoids damaging bumps and scrapes is a piano mover’s second most important task. Any professional piano mover worth their salt will have special tools for the job: like a piano dolly, a heavy duty handcart that can support a piano’s weight and a piano board, a small, indoor bodyboard that can ease big loads down stairs with minimum turbulence.
All this, though, is just the tip of iceberg. Unfortunately, even if you’re feeling like trading in your baby grand for a Kawasaki keyboard, there’s no backing out of it now: you’d still have to get it out of the house. To move your piano as simply and easily as you play it, check out the following tips:
If You’re Hiring a Piano Mover.
If You’re Doing it Yourself.