HOW TO MOVE A GRAND PIANO

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How to Move a Grand Piano

How to, Move a Baby Grand Piano Professionally

  1. Moving a Piano Seems Impossible
  2. Pianos Weren't Meant to Move
  3. Insurance and Extra Protection
  4. Equipment Used by Movers 
  5. Really Want to DIY?
  6. Components to Help Your Move Be Successful
  7. The Realities of Moving a Piano
  8. After Moving Your Piano

1. Moving a Piano Seems Impossible

Is there an easy way to move a piano? If you want to learn how to move a grand piano, you have come to the right place. It is all a matter of hiring the right moving company, appropriately scheduling the move and planning to allow professional movers to do the job for you. A grand piano is a sentimental and costly investment. By having a desire to move it to another location means that you have to consider its fragility. It is not an easy task to do on your own. You shouldn’t hire just any moving company. However, you should consider hiring a moving company that specializes in moving fragile items like grand pianos, grandfather clocks, and special heirlooms.

2. Pianos Weren't Meant to Move

A grand piano is a superb instrument, which has a romantic connotation to it, having been used in a wide range of musical encounters throughout the centuries. However, when you have to move it from one location to the next, it is a bigger deal. Because of its odd shape, it is not as easy as just lifting it up and putting it in a truck. It sometimes has to be disassembled, especially when it has to be maneuvered through narrow entryways or carried down a flight of stairs. A piano was not meant to be carried around, but in the case of relocating, you have no other choice. The finishing of the piano is also another challenge because it is vulnerable to scrapes and scratches, especially if not handled with care.

3. Insurance and Extra Protection

This means that you have to know how to move a grand piano without incurring any damages, if possible. However, most moving companies will offer insurance coverage, in case there is an accident, although you hope that nothing really happens. The easiest kind of pianos to move is the Spinets. All you have to do is to cover it using a protective blanket or furniture pads, pick up the instrument on both of its sides. Lift it slowly and move it. 


Larger pianos require professional service and more muscles.



4. Equipment Used by Movers 

Most moving companies will use a dolly to move your grand piano. The moving procedure for larger pianos using this special dolly is the same. The piano is loaded on the dolly by the professional movers, making it easier to move.

5. Really Want to DIY?

If you are going to do it yourself, which is not advised, you have to learn how to move a grand piano with care. Find out the weight of the piano prior to moving it. By doing this, you will have an idea of how many individuals you will need to ask for their help. One most important things that many people overlook is to secure the space first where the piano is going to be moved. You want to make sure that it will fit, especially with its odd shape. There is no point through the trouble of making plans, paying for movers and getting the piano to the new location; only to find out it doesn’t fit? Makes no sense, right?

This is where a professional mover comes in handy because they already know how to move a grand piano and they also understand all that is involved in making it happen the right way. Call a specialized mover today!

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6. COMPONENTS TO HELP YOUR MOVE TO BE SUCCESSFUL

When you are moving there are so many factors to keep in mind for the transportation of all of your belongings. It is important to ensure that you find the right crew for the job and one of the biggest challenges can be if you are moving a piano. When you find the right moving company that can handle moving your piano it should be music to your ears.
 
When it comes to moving your piano not all movers are created equal. If you simply hire a regular moving service, one that does not specifically specialize or own the proper equipment to move your grandma's piano or your baby grand you may find yourself the subject of a really sad song.
 
Pianos can weigh anywhere from a couple hundred pounds to over 1,000 lbs. so I would assume you, the mover, have already realized that this is no easy task (or one you could do yourself). Piano movers don’t use the standard dollies to move your instrument. Pianos are not a normal piece of furniture but instead, they have wires, keys, pedals and so many moving parts.

 

7. The Realities of Moving a Piano

Often times if the piano is moving down a flight of stairs or through narrow doorways it may need someone who knows the ins and outs of the piano to understand how to navigate this type of space. Often times it is simply impossible, because of the shape and size of your piano and your house to move the piano without having it somewhat dismantled.
 
This may sound insanely scary to you because most people who own pianos or play them have a deeply sentimental connection to them. This is exactly why it is important to find proper piano movers near you. They will actually be skilled in how to move your piano with finesse, as well as being able to put the instrument back together again.
 
If a company does not specifically advertise they move pianos they probably are not the right company for the job. If they do not ask proper questions about your piano prior to moving, like what type of piano it is, the age, etc. then they are far from piano aficionados.

 
8. After Moving Your Piano

Move your piano the proper way by doing your homework. And don’t worry if your piano sounds a bit out of tune a few days after the move because this is normal. All of the movement, even when done properly, can upset the keys and the sounds. If it is a long move, the biggest effect on a piano is temperature flocculation when it comes to sound. Pianos always need to be tuned after each move. Good luck with your move and check out Moving Authority for the best listing of all different kinds of moving and storage companies. 

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Lloyd R

4 years, 9 months ago

I have my piano moved with white glove movers and the extra money was worth it. After the first move, I thought I could handle it on my own and made the mistake of asking a few friends to help, after the damage was repaired it cost more than the movers would have charged me. Do not make my mistake and think you can do something on your own,

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Ashley Richmond

4 years, 9 months ago

Hey Lloyd. Movers are definitely worth it for really heavy items, especially heavy items that have lots of value such as pianos. We're glad you were able to repair the damage. Thanks for the advice as well.

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Keenan Lack

8 months, 2 weeks ago

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My package was damaged for the second time.
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