Tips For Moving Your Piano Safely

Moving a piano safely requires careful planning and execution, to both the instrument and those involved moving it. Here are some tips to help you move your piano securely:

  1. Assess the Situation: Evaluate the type of piano you have (upright or grand), its weight, and the path you’ll take to move it. Measure doorways, hallways, and staircases to ensure the piano can fit through without difficulty.
  2. Gather Necessary Equipment: Obtain the proper moving equipment such as furniture straps, moving blankets, a dolly, and possibly a piano skid board. These tools will make the process easier and safer.
  3. Get Help: Moving a piano is a team effort. Recruit friends or family members to assist you. Ideally, some should have experience with heavy lifting or moving bulky items.
  4. Protect the Piano: Cover the piano with moving blankets or padding to prevent scratches or damage during transit. Secure the blankets with tape or straps to ensure that they stay in place.
  5. Prepare the Path: Clear the path from the piano’s current location to the moving vehicle. Remove any obstacles, rugs, or furniture that could obstruct the way.
  6. Use Proper Lifting Techniques: Lift the piano using your legs, not your back. Bend your knees and keep your back straight while lifting. Use proper lifting straps or harnesses to distribute the weight evenly among the movers.
  7. Secure the Piano to the Dolly: Strap the piano securely to the dolly using moving straps or ropes. Make sure it’s stable and won’t shift during transport.
  8. Move Slowly and Carefully: Take your time when moving the piano. Avoid sudden movements or jerks that could destabilize the instrument. Use caution when navigating stairs or uneven surfaces.
  9. Unload Safely: When unloading the piano from the moving vehicle, reverse the process carefully. Use ramps or lifts if available to safely lower the piano to the ground.
  10. Tune After the Move: Pianos may require tuning after being moved due to changes in temperature, humidity, or handling. Schedule a tuning appointment with a professional piano tuner to ensure the instrument sounds its best.

And of course you can leave it to the professionals – Superior Moving & Storage. Our experienced and professional movers can plan and execute your piano and other moving needs. Get in touch with us to receive a free piano moving estimate.

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