Six Tips for Doing Your Own Piano Moving

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There is no reason why you cannot do your own piano moving and avoid the cost of paying a professional. Following are some tips on moving your own piano.

1. General Considerations

First, there are some general considerations on piano moving, such as whether you are moving to an apartment on the second or third floor and whether the building has an elevator or not. If you do move to an upper level, you will need to consider how steep the stairs are and whether they have a landing before you reach your level.

2. Know Your Limitations

Piano moving companies are something to consider since larger, grand pianos can be very difficult to move. Piano moving companies also have a considerable amount of experience in keeping your piano safe and secure. Moving piano costs and estimates from a well known local moving company can mean the difference in getting your piano safely delivered or having a mangled harp with wood chips show up at your door.

3. Consider the Size of Your Piano

How you move your piano will depend on whether it is a grand, baby grand or an upright. Grand pianos normally can be broken down into several pieces for moving, as this is how they normally deliver the piano to your location. If you are handy, and think you can take the piano apart, then you may want to take on this challenge yourself. If you’re not sure about assembling the piano after you’ve moved, take pictures of every piece you disassemble, and keep all nuts and bolts marked for assembly at your new home. Small glad bags are great for marking and storing these items.

If you have an upright piano, consider getting some helpful hands in making the move. Most uprights have built-in handles at the back of the piano, and wheels for easy movement. Uprights normally cannot be broken down into smaller pieces, so brut strength is key.

4. Protect Your Piano

You want to protect your piano, so take some cardboard boxes, and old rugs or towels and tape them to the sides and back of the piano, but make sure you use painters’ tape to protect the finish. Also, you may want to tape down the top of the piano as well as the cover for the keys to keep them from flying open during the move. For baby and grand pianos, cover or protect every piece taken apart.

6. Moving the Piano

Consider how you’re going to move the piano as well, such as whether you will be using a friend’s pickup truck, or a rented moving truck with a built-in ramp. Also consider the steepness of the stairs and whether the stairs have angles or sharp corners.

6. Map Your Route

Make sure you have determined the area where you want the piano placed prior to the move. Make a clear path to this point, and consider what’s going to be moved before and after. A clear and concise moving plan helps reduce back-breaking work.

Piano and organ moving can be a challenge, but if you prepare and plan ahead, you can move your piano like a pro.

One Response to “Six Tips for Doing Your Own Piano Moving”

  1. September 29, 2017 at 6:15 pm, Kairi Gainsborough said:

    Your advice about knowing your limitations is really smart. My mom is moving across the country, and she offered to give her piano to my sister's family. It is a large, solid wood piano, so it will be hard to move. My dad was thinking about loading it onto his ATV trailer and moving it himself, but like you said, he needs to know his own limitations. I think doing it ourselves is not a realistic option, and we should hire professionals.


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