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4 Tips for Piano Moving

Pianos are heavy, cumbersome, and delicate objects. The finish on a piano is often vulnerable to scratches and dents, and the tuning of the piano can easily be disrupted. In other words, pianos are difficult to move. If you are planning on moving a piano, there are a number of steps you can take to ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible.

1. Prepare your piano for moving ahead of time

If you need to move a piano, it's important to plan ahead. Professional moving companies can help prepare your piano, or you can try to do it on your own. If you take the latter route, there are a few things to keep in mind. You should secure the keyboard lid if there is one. Depending on whether you have a spinet piano, a baby grand piano, or an upright piano, there may be an additional lid to secure. You should also plan on wrapping your piano in several thick blankets to avoid nicks and scratches. You can use packing tape to attach the blankets.

2. Planing the piano move

Don't wait until moving day to try and figure out how you will get your piano out of the house. Plan in advance, and figure out exactly how you will navigate the piano through your house and onto the moving truck. Measure your piano and tack on a bit of length to each dimension. You want to make sure that you will be able to handle any sharp corners or tight spaces. Of course, professional moving companies can take care of all this for you, and if you hire movers, you will not have to put so much time into preparation and planning.

3. Recruit your movers, and buy or rent the necessary equipment

Professional moving companies like Move Smart CT have qualified movers and the requisite equipment for moving a piano. If you plan on doing the job on your own, you will need some assistance and equipment. Depending on the size and weight of your piano, you may need 3-4 able-bodied people in order to get the job done. It's also recommended that you use a piano dolly.

4. Piano Moving

When it comes time to move the piano, take your time with the job and don't rush it. You should have several people assisting you, so that each person can lift one part of the piano. Walk slowly, and take breaks often to rest and reset your grip. You should also designate one person to open any doors and to make sure the route is clear.

While it is possible to move a piano on your own, hiring a professional company will save you a lot of trouble. This is a high risk job involving a valuable object. You don't want to see your piano damaged. While hiring professionals is an expense, you may actually save money in the long run. You won't need to rent or buy any equipment, and you will avoid any costly damage to your piano.
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