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How to Move a Piano

01Oct 2015

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The right, short and simple answer to such a question is: Hard. The piano is a very delicate instrument that needs a lot of care even in a stasis state, let alone when trying to move it from your current address to the new location where you are planning on moving house to. There can be so many things to go wrong when moving a piano that often times letting it sit where it is is the right answer, or you just make a big insurance on it and then let the moving company employees deal with it since they are the professionals in this area. But if you are set on doing it yourself, then here is the gist of it.

Pianos Are Heavy – Get Help
Do not, under any circumstances, try and move the piano all by yourself. Standard pianos have an uncomfortable to move without taking apart shape, and can weigh up to 600kg. Your friend or partner and you are definitely not sufficient for the execution of this job. You need more people and that means about at least five. Luckily, most pianos have moving casters make moving it across a hall easy, but the hard part remains whenever you encounter stairs or sloping surfaces. Also, these casters are mostly decorative and therefore not very useful at longer distances, not to mention that they deteriorate over time for every week in which the piano doesn’t move from one place – which means they can be practically useless, so you need a lot of people to lift the piano.

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Use a Dolly
Getting a dolly is probably the best solution for moving the piano. Load the monstrous item onto the dolly and strap it on if you want to be extra careful. You will still need people keeping the balance of course – upright pianos need to be toppled on their side to fit and use the dolly to its maximum efficiency, so you need someone to make sure that the rocking doesn’t send it crashing on the ground.

Dissemble at Your Own Risk
You can always dissemble the piano and put it back together again after the relocation is complete, but that requires a lot of technical skill. If you are not 100 percent certain that you can assemble the piano parts string by string, then you should not even attempt it. Any uncertainty can and probably will lead to something going wrong and having to call a specialist to fix the piano for you.

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Practice Before Moving
When you assemble a moving group, you need to practice a bit until you get used to the piano’s weight and movement on the dolly or on the casters. Lift the piano a few times, push it / carry it around, and slowly drop it a few times to make sure you know how to handle it. It is especially important to do a practice run on the stairs, as they will be your worst enemy. With the piano’s weight, stairs can be every piano’s bane and how you handle them as an obstacle will show whether you will continue using your own piano or will go to the music store and buy a new one.

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Strap the Piano to the Moving Van
If there is not enough load to keep the piano in one place, you should get a cover and rope or bands and strap the piano tight to one place. Removal vans can go through a lot of bumpy places, and each bump will be felt by your piano, so you need to make sure that it stays still and doesn’t take damage just by the moving process.

And when you get to the new address, all you have to do is do the same process, but in reverse. With this, your moving piano fiasco will be over and you can finally rest easy after a job well done.

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