Pianos make a wonderful addition to any home. However, when moving to a new home, transporting these instruments can be a hassle. Since all pianos are large, fragile, and expensive, the best option is to have professionals handle the move rather than doing it yourself. While many moving companies
have experience moving pianos, you might feel more comfortable using a company that specializes only in moving the instruments.
Finding a piano mover
To find a piano mover, you can search online for piano movers in your area. Alternately, you can ask the retailer who you bought your piano from to recommend a company.
After finding a few piano movers
in your area, contact them to find out their prices and the services they provide. Though they should ask you about what your move will entail, be sure to let them know if there are any stairs or elevators at the origin and destination.
You should inquire about their procedures involving disassembly and reassembly, as well as crating and uncrating. As with any move, you should only use a company that is registered with the Department of Transportation
. Also, you will want to know about their insurance policies, in case your piano is damaged during the move.
Moving a grand piano
In order to pack and ship a grand piano, the movers will first remove the lid of the piano and carefully package it with cardboard, pads, and moving blankets
. Next, the apparatus containing the pedals, called the lyre, will be removed and packaged. The following step is to put the piano on its side on top of a skid board, which is a long piece of wood covered in carpet that allows the piano to be moved more easily.
Once the piano is on the skid board, the movers will remove the three legs and wrap them up. Then, the body of the piano will be covered in moving blankets and strapped onto the skid board. At this point, the piano and skid board will be placed onto a dolly and rolled out of your home.
If you have a hardwood floor and don't want a dolly's wheels going across it, the piano can be pushed across on the skid board. If the piano has to be moved up or down some stairs, this will also be done with the skid board, rather than being lifted or rolled on the dolly. Once the piano and all of its parts are wrapped up, it will be ready for shipping.
Moving an upright piano
Transporting an upright piano presents a different challenge. Though more compact than grand pianos, the internal mechanisms of upright pianos are more complex and easier to damage. Combine this with the sheer weight and size of these pianos, and moving them becomes an even bigger challenge.
However, as most pianos are uprights, your movers should have plenty of experience moving them. Unlike grand pianos, upright pianos are moved as is, since they don't have removable legs and lyres. Your movers will first protect the exterior of the piano by wrapping it in moving blankets. They will then lift the piano onto a skid board or a piano dolly and strap it into place. Once secured onto the skid board or dolly, the piano can be easily moved onto the truck and brought into your new home.
Setting up the piano in the new home
When the piano arrives at its new home, the movers will remove its wrapping and reassemble it. Make sure the movers know where you want them to put it. When choosing a spot for your piano, keep in mind that they need plenty of space surrounding them. Also, as extreme temperature changes can cause warping to the piano's wood, don't put it too close to any windows, doors, or heating vents. Once in place, carefully inspect your piano for any damages incurred during the move. Of course, you will probably want to have your piano tuned shortly after it is placed in your new home.