How to Move a Piano Without a Moving Company

moving a pianoBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

It is no surprise that moving a piano is one of the more problematic and most complicated chores that people face during a move. Since pianos might weigh hundreds, or thousands of pounds, it's no big surprise that many (if not the majority) people chose to hire a professional moving company in Houston to do the heavy lifting for them (literally).
 

Employing professional movers in Houston is always the suggested course of action; yet you might be able to move the piano without their assistance, given you have the right equipment, and plenty of helpers. In the event you decide to go the DIY route, below are the basics you need to know:

What to Do Prior to Moving the Piano

Relocating a piano calls for some serious preparations. Below are some of the main things to take care of before you begin moving one:

  1. Find the right moving supplies and materials. For example, you need to have many moving blankets on hand to protect the piano through the relocation. You'll need a dolly rated for handling the piano's weight. For a grand piano, you may additionally need to rent a piano skid board from a local moving company. (Do not be shocked if you wind up shelling out hundreds of dollars to use one!)
  2. Create a team. At the very least, you need to have 4 strong, able-bodied people there to aid you with the move. It's more ideal if you can find buddies or family members who have experience moving heavy items. Make certain to have lots of pizza available for "motivation!"
  3. Measure the appropriate passages. It’s very significant to measure the passageway through which your piano will need to travel prior to the actual move. You do not want to get your piano wedged in an awkward spot, and chance damaging it when you attempt to get it unstuck!

What to Do As you Move the Piano

Below you will find several key items you don’t want to forget through the actual move. These include the following:

  1. Wrap the piano keys, pedals, lid, and body up tightly with proper materials (e.g., bubble wrap, foam packing sheets, blankets, and so on).
  2. Get your moving crew ready to lift the piano. Be sure everybody lifts at the same time, on cue. Another person (or two) should be ready to slip the dolly under the piano.
  3. After the piano is securely on the dolly, steadily maneuver it out of your house and into the moving van. Be careful passing through doorways, rounding corners and going down stairs. (If at all possible, use a ramp when moving your piano up or down a staircase.)
  4. When you unload the piano on the moving truck, make sure at least one person is in front of the piano, and is able to control it during the lift to free up the dolly.

What to Do After Moving the Piano

In the event you had to disassemble the piano to move it (for instance, by removing the legs), then ask your moving team to to aid in reassembling it after it has been safely relocated. Wipe the piano down with a soft cloth or feather duster to eliminate any amassed dust and maybe wipe down its outside with a mild solution of soap and water. (It is wise to leave the interior to a professional piano cleaning company.)

As you can tell, moving a piano without the help of a professional moving company in Houston requires lots of preparation, coordination, and heavy lifting. The tips listed here are only the tip of the iceberg!

If you reach the conclusion that it could be better to leave a move of this significance to professional movers in Houston, contact our team of friendly experts at the A-1 Freeman Moving Group today to discuss the specifics.

 

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