Moving can be a hassle, especially when you have large and bulky items that require special care and attention. One of the largest and bulkiest of all items you might own is a piano.
Moving your piano safely is always a challenge, which is why you should hire professional movers to assist you. Ideally, you’ll want to choose movers who specialize in or who are at least familiar with moving pianos.
Once you’ve found good movers, there are a few things you can do to help your piano move go even more smoothly and keep your piano protected.
Make Sure the Moving Company Is Insured
Before you let your movers start moving the piano, check to see if they are insured. Ideally, you should ask for some kind of proof of insurance before allowing your piano to be moved.
In the event that something happens to your piano during the move, you want to know for certain that your losses will be taken care of and/or that repairs will be paid for by the responsible party.
Be strict and stern when it comes to checking insurance. Any professional piano mover won’t mind proving that they’ve done everything in their power to provide you with peace of mind.
Protect the Legs
One of the most sensitive parts of any piano is the legs
The top of pianos tend to be heavy, bulky, and rather sturdy, while the legs are often thin and delicate. As such, you should take special care to ensure they don’t get scratched, dinged, or broken.
Consider wrapping the piano legs in foam padding, thick paper, or even bubble wrap to reduce the risk of damage during your move. Your movers will appreciate this gesture greatly, and it doesn’t take long to do.
Determine the Piano’s Weight
When you set up your piano move, the moving company is probably going to ask you how much the piano weighs. For correct pricing estimates and to ensure that the proper tools and accessories are used when moving your piano, don’t guess on the weight.
If you don’t know the exact weight, no one expects you to put the piano on a scale. But, you could look up the make and model online, or even call the manufacturer or store where you purchased the piano from.
These resources will often be able to tell you the accurate weight of your piano. And the more accurate you are, the safer and more controlled your move will be.
Lock the Keyboard Lid
Before your piano is moved, make sure you or the movers have closed and locked the keyboard lid. The keys are one of the most sensitive parts of your piano and can easily get damaged if the lid is not locked during a move.
If your lid will not lock, you can tie it closed. However, avoid using tape or other materials that can damage the piano’s exterior.
As long as the lid stays closed, your keys should stay intact and protected.
Hire Multiple Movers
As a final tip, when you set up your move, make sure you hire multiple movers. Typically, you will need at least four movers for a piano.
While you may wish to cut costs by enlisting fewer movers, don’t hire fewer than you actually need. Doing so will put your piano at risk, defeating the purpose of hiring professionals in the first place.
Moving a piano is a harrowing experience. But, with the right help, your piano can arrive at your new home safe and sound. For expert help with piano moving and more, contact the pros at Christofferson Moving & Storage.