You need to move your piano but you have no idea how to move a piano. To most, this poses a dilemma because of its size, weight especially its value. The thought alone has a great impact perhaps even heavier than the weight of the piano itself.
If you really need to give the piano a push or a pull and a lift to relocate it, you need to focus, as this cannot be done in a blink of an eye. With its bulk, either a small or a grand concert piano still weighs more than you do.
Of course, you would not like music or a living room to be organized with your welfare being compromised. The key here is to lessen your effort and just to subject your vertebrae to the least amount of stress.
Another thing is that you also need to pay particular attention to that one thing you treasure dearly if it is going to be move so as not to damage its mechanical parts. A single scratch will mean a lot and will cost you too.
So before you start, set clear instructions as to where you want to position or relocate your piano. If you are merely transferring it to another area in your home, see to it that you have prepared the place beforehand. If it needs to be move to another home, this will require a more meticulous preparation.
Are you going to hire professional movers to do the job or you will engage yourself in a do-it-yourself task? Have in mind that asking for the help of piano movers comes with a fee but erroneous moves may be omitted.
Doing it on your own does not mean that you do not ask for help from neighbors. If a DIY move is your choice, then brace yourself up for it and take note of the following.
Steps on Moving a Piano Around Your Home
1. Have the Right Get-up
Whether you are just moving your piano around your home, it is always proper to wear clothes suited to do this work. Avoid garments that are neither too tight nor too loose and jewelry should be removed.
Look for a pair of working gloves that have rubberized palms. This type is more preferred because of its grip on soft and polished surfaces. Get those feet ready by selecting a pair of rubber soled athletic shoes.
2. Cover the Keypad
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Protect the piano keys with a velvet pad or any soft cloth and put its lid down. Because you do not like its lid to be “flapping,” securing it with its lock or a piece of tape is necessary. This is also done to make sure that those keys are not damaged and scratched.
3. Protect the Piano with Blankets and Prepare Its Path
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As a rule of thumb, it is necessary to cover the whole piano with a thick blanket before moving it even to a short distance only. The purpose of this is to make sure that it is well protected during the move. See to it that it is snuggly covered from top to bottom and secured with tapes to keep it from sliding off.
To do this with less strain, ask two movers to move the piano at least 6 inches from the wall by pulling its front legs. It would be reasonable if you ask someone to hold its top front section to prevent it from tipping forward.
As for the path, move anything that may prevent you from moving the piano. It may also be necessary to roll up your carpet to make the move smoother.
4. Prepare and Install the Ramp
A metal stair ramp will be useful if you have to move the piano down a staircase. Ramps are available for rent in moving companies. Have two movers stay in front and one at the back. Take small steps as you proceed and ask someone to watch for cracks on the pavement.
Moving to Another Home
In transferring your piano to another home, the procedures above must be observed in addition to the following:
1. Find a Grip
Movers can hold the corners of the piano with their left and the handle on it with their hands. In some pianos wherein a handle is missing, it is always safe to attach a bar horizontally on the side of the piano. This will serve as a handle for the movers to hold on for support.
2. Make Use of a Dolly
Making use of a dolly makes the transfer safer and easier. After carefully packing and securing your piano, lift it high enough to clear the height of the dolly. Have in mind that this should be done in a squatting position to prevent back strain.
Secure the piano to the dolly by passing straps under the dolly and over the top of the piano then tie the knot behind it. Proceed with care as you move along and be extra cautious in supporting the piano.
The mover at the front end has the responsibility in guiding the piano. Progress slowly as you glide down the ramp. It is the other way around if you go up.
3. Secure the Piano
Oftentimes, a piano is transferred to another residence by using a truck. To make sure that it does not trip over, position it next to the truck’s wall and fasten it with moving straps horizontally and vertically.
4. Unload It
After removing its security straps from the truck wall, have two movers at the lead end with one mover behind. See to it that a member of the team is positioned at the ramp. Slowly move down with caution.
5. Position it
Finally, you have reached your destination and it is about time for you to set your piano in its new location. Remove all the straps then have two movers position themselves on both ends. Be sure that one mover holds the dolly. Just as careful as you have lifted it up, you can easily move it down with bent knees.
Moving a piano can be done successfully even without hiring trained personnel. A 3-man team can do it well and good without damaging the piano and with less strain as well. Mind setting while doing the correct procedures, correct transferring devices and a knowledge on body mechanics will do the trick.
It is hard when you are alone but with a little help from friends, things will be okay. In addition to that, this is a friendly tutorial and when done properly nothing could go wrong. Did you like it? Please leave a comment and do not forget to share!