Perhaps one of the most difficult items to move for anyone is the piano. When you think about it, these are delicate musical instruments that can be thrown out of tune if not handled properly. They can also weigh over half a ton and can be worth thousands (if not tens of thousands) of dollars. That is why, when selecting a mover to handle your precious piano, it is important to choose a company that not only has experience specifically moving pianos, but that also has insurance to cover damages in the event the unforeseen happens. Also, be sure to inform them ahead of time about the piano to be moved and what type it is.
Adding to the problems of moving a piano are the different types and styles of pianos that can be found such as the small upright piano that is most commonly found to the baby grand piano to full concert grand piano. There is a specific method for safely moving each of these types and each move requires different equipment along with differing levels of skill and number of movers. To give you an idea of just how complicated this process is, here are the directions based on training from the American Moving and Storage Association for handling a baby grand or grand piano. Professional movers should only handle this type of move, but this should also be the methodology that they utilize to move your piano.
- The first thing your movers should do is look over the piano closely to find any damage that is already there. They should document these dings and scratches so there are no claims later on. They should also make sure that the area between the piano and the moving truck is completely clear. You do not want them to have to step over obstacles while moving the piano.
- The movers should then remove the piano topper with a screwdriver or wrench and set it on a blanket. They should then tape this up and set it aside to move it separately. They should also remove the music rack/holder and the keyboard cover and wrap these in blankets as well. All of the screws and bolts should be placed in plastic bags (such as sealable sandwich bags) that can be easily labeled for later reassembly.
- The movers will now get under the piano and take down the rack that supports the tuning pedals. These pedals should then be wrapped individually with bubble wrap and moving pads before being wrapped again in blankets as you did the other pieces. These are incredibly important to protect!
- This step requires three movers at least. Two movers should hold up the left side of the piano, one on the front and one on the back. The other mover should then unscrew the front left leg and set it on the moving pad. The front left mover will then gently lower his end onto a piano board. The piano will then be gently turned on its side so that the other legs can be disassembled and put aside.
- The piano should be secured to the piano board with straps after it has been wrapped up completely using pads and plastic wrap and tape. The piano should then be placed on a flat dolly for transport to the moving truck. Once in the truck (using a ramp or winch), the piano should be affixed to the walls using buckle straps.
- Once the truck arrives at the new home, take the piano off the truck and then work backward by reassembling the legs, the tuning pedals, music rack, keyboard cover, and topper.