Not only do pianos make beautiful music, (provided of course that the player is an actual pianist), they are also just beautiful to have around decor-wise. But these beauties can turn into daunting symbols of horror when it comes to moving them. Although they may be big and rugged, they still have a certain fragility and delicacy to them.
The biggest obstacle to successfully moving a piano, is its weight. The weight starts at about 500 – 600 pounds for the grand piano. That’s the bottom of the scale. The biggest can be in the range of 1200 pounds which is about 600 kg. If you are going to move this, you are going to need to know what you are doing.
If the Move is Complex, Hire Pros
You, your piano, and your gang of helping hands are all better off finding pros if the move is a little less straightforward than from one room to the next on the same floor. If you need, for example, to take it up a flight of stairs, just call some pros. The money you will save will be nothing compared to the damage your piano may suffer, and all your broken backs, dislocated shoulders, and sprained ankles. But if it is a simple move, read here are ten tips to follow. We use The Moving Experts for pool table and piano relocations.
1. A problem Shared
There is strength in numbers, and when it comes to moving a piano, you sure need as much strength as you can gather up. Assemble a capable team to assist you. You may need 3 people, with the grandest of them all needing up to 8. Of course, it’s not just any 3 or 4 people you can find. They have to actually be strong enough to lift the instrument without damaging it or injuring themselves.
2. Plan Thoroughly
You will need more than mere strength. There has to be a certain degree of meticulous planning, and a matching level of precision in execution. This may involve making sure the pianos path is cleared of all things that can possibly move away. You also have to know exactly what orientation the piano should be in at different points during the move. This especially applies to doorways and corners.
Make sure the new location is big enough for your piano. There’s only one way to find out, and that’s by measuring the dimensions of your instrument, then checking them against the space you would like it to fit. Such a big task should not be done in a trial and error fashion. Imagine after going through all the trouble then finding that the piano can’t actually fit for some reason.
3. Have the right equipment
Apart from enough manpower and adequate technique, you will need the right equipment as well. Usually, this includes dollies and ramps; and blankets and cardboards to cushion certain parts of the piano. The piano has edges that may be injurious to your hands when it comes to all the heavy lifting. You will also need some gloves, but not just any. These should have the ability to give you a good grip while protecting your palms. Piano surfaces can be slippery and you risk damaging them if you can’t get a good hold. But again, you have to be careful to not damage the pianos finish with something too rough.
4. Ignore the wheels
When the uninitiated eye first looks at the wheels on the legs of the piano, it might seem the right idea to just pull or push the thing, and probably put their two-year-old kid on top of it for a ride. Of course, it would soon become apparent that these wheels are not actually meant for easy moving. They are more decorative than functional and if you force them, you might end up with a messed up floor and possible damages for your piano.
5. Mind Your Safety
Even as you try to move the piano as safely as possible, make sure you mind your health as well. There is a substantial risk of injuring yourself, especially in the form of back sprains which can only be avoided by using the right posture. Maintain a straight back at all times. If you need to get down to pick up the piano, make sure you bend your knees and never your back.