The Best Way 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 complex chores that people endure during a move. Considering that pianos may weigh hundreds, even thousands of pounds, it’s not a big surprise that a lot of (if not most) individuals decide to work with a professional moving company in Wichita Falls to carry out the heavy lifting for them (quite literally).
 

Hiring professional movers in Wichita Falls is usually the suggested choice; however you could be able to move the piano without their help, given you have the proper equipment, and a sufficient number of helpers. If you decide to go the DIY route, here are the guidelines you ought to be aware of:

What to Do Before Relocating the Piano

Relocating a piano necessitates plenty of prepatory work. Listed here are a few of the major items to arrange before you start moving one:

  1. Gather the correct moving supplies and materials. For instance, you should have plenty of moving blankets available to protect the piano through the move. You’ll want a dolly capable of handling the piano's weight. For a grand piano, you will in addition need to rent a piano skid board from a local moving company. (Don't be shocked if you end up paying hundreds of dollars to get one!)
  2. Assemble a team. At least, you ought to have four strong, capable people on hand to help you with the move. It is ideal when you can enlist friends or family members who have experience moving large things. Be sure to have lots of pizza available for "motivation!"
  3. Measure the appropriate doorways, stairways, and hallways. It is very significant to measure the passageway through which your piano will be transported ahead of the actual move. You don't want to get your piano wedged in a tricky spot, and take the risk of damaging it when you attempt to get it unstuck!

What to Do While Moving the Piano

Below you will find some key things you should keep in mind 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. Assemble the moving crew in position to lift the piano. Make sure everyone lifts at the same time, on cue. Another person (or two) should be prepared to position the dolly under the piano.
  3. After the piano is securely on the dolly, in a controlled manner maneuver it out of your house and onto the moving van. Be careful maneuvering through doorways, going around corners and going down staircases. (If possible, utilize a ramp when moving your piano up or down a stairway.)
  4. When you unload the piano on the moving van, be sure at a minimum one person is in front of the piano, and has control of it during the lift to take out the dolly.

What to Do After Moving the Piano

For those who had to disassemble the piano to move it (for example, by removing the legs), then ask your moving crew to to aid in reassembling it as soon as it has been safely moved. Wipe the piano down with a soft cloth or feather duster to eliminate any accumulated dust and consider wiping down the exterior with a mild solution of soap and water. (It’s definitely advisable to leave the inside to a professional piano cleaning company.)

Obviously, moving a piano without the assistance of a professional moving company in Wichita Falls takes lots of preparation, coordination, and heavy lifting. The suggestions in this post are only the tip of the iceberg!

If you reach the conclusion that it could be best to leave a move of this magnitude to professional movers in Wichita Falls, reach out to our team of friendly experts at the A-1 Freeman Moving Group today to talk about the specifics.

 

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