How to move a piano.
Moving most things is as easy as packing it down and putting it in a box. Or wrapping it in a blanket or bubble wrap for safe keeping in transport. There are a few things though that require a little more thought, time and preparation. And muscle power! The team at Next Level Removals have literally encountered everything – big or small, from pets to pianos we find a solution that fits and keeps your possessions safe and sound throughout the moving process.
You may already have tried to shift your piano and are now sitting online looking at how to best approach this mammoth task. Did you know some pianos weigh a whopping 160kgs kilograms and grand pianos, almost unbelievably, up to 500 kilograms? Along with the weight of a piano, the sheer size and often the awkwardness can simply mean the task is impossible without the right knowledge and equipment.
Given this is something we do often, our team at Next Level Removals have put together some tips to assist in the process.
Step 2 If you are not using us or other professionals then gather a crew! Nobody in history has moved a piano on their own – it’s just not possible, believe us, we know. So put the call out to your friends and family and get as many people as you can on board to help. At least 4 people (2 per side of piano) is our minimum. Remember this is even more challenging if you are moving interstate or a far distance.
Step 3 Get your hands on the right moving equipment ahead of time to make sure you have everything you need. You’ll need straps, furniture blankets, tape and of course – transport.
Step 4 Prepare your piano before you start moving it. We suggest closing the lid and fastening it closed to protect the keys throughout the move. Wrap your piano in furniture blankets and use the tape to keep it in place to protect the exterior
Step 5 Think ahead of time and have the destination spot for your piano clean and clear ready for the arrival.
Step 6 Establish and clear a path to ensure there are no obstacles in the way. This will avoid having to stop and start and of course, any injuries or damage.
Step 7 Now it’s time to move your piano. Our number one pointer is that your piano must always remain upright, so make sure that everyone is aware of this and that the piano is not tilted or laid down at any stage. Place straps underneath the piano so there is room to hold them on each side, you’ll use these to lift the piano up to slide the dolly’s underneath. Take time to balance the piano well before you move it.
Step 8 When loading your piano on the ramp or lift into the truck – wheel it on lighter side first.
Step 9 During the move your piano will likely be shifted out of tune so be sure to book it in for re-tuning when settled into its new location.
Given the possible injuries or damage to your piano – both can be incredibly costly, we recommend talking to our team at Next Level Removals about the best way to move your piano. Leave it to the experts – we treat your belongings like they are our own. Call us today on 1300 005 400 or fill in our simple online form for a free quote.