Do’s and Don’ts of Moving a Piano

10th Oct 2017 moving

A beautiful instrument that has remained popular in a variety of music genres for centuries, the piano has provided two things consistently in its history:  amazing music and a wonderment as to how to move the dang thing?!?!  While some aspects of transporting such an elegantly mammoth instrument are common sense, some tips may not flow so naturally.  Take a look at some things to do – and more importantly, not to do – so that all 88 keys remain intact as you move into a new place.

Be As Flexible As Liszt

The most obvious aspect of your piano is just how heavy it looks.  Just how many pounds does that instrument weigh, though?  

Depending on the type, you could be dealing with anywhere from 300 to 900 pounds of melodic mass thanks to the iron harness that holds the hammers and strings.  So don’t go into this alone or without professional help!  In the case that your muscles are requested, do treat this as you would any heavy lifting you would perform at the gym:  stretch, hydrate, and know your limits.

Don’t be finicky in where you want your piano placed once moved, though.  As you’ll see during the process, this is far from the easiest thing to shift around.

Roll Like Chopin

Regarding the actual moving of the piano, it’s imperative to protect your melodic investment.  

  • Do cover the keys and wrap the entire piano with a soft, non-stick material (as you don’t want anything scuffing the wood).  
  • From there, it’s time to utilize humanity’s best invention.  Do make sure to use a four-wheeled cart or dolly so the piano’s weight is evenly distributed among a large area.  
  • From there, give it a wide berth as it moves its way to the moving truck, as you don’t want the beautiful behemoth banging into anything.

Clean Like Debussy

Once the ivories have been relocated, there are a few last measures to tackle before the movement concludes.  

The reasoning behind this is the same reason you do the same with an acoustic guitar:  the wood needs to acclimate to its new surroundings, especially in extreme conditions.  

Give it approximately a week depending on your newfound home’s temperature and humidity, then have a professional take a look inside.  While they handle the inside, take care of the outside with cleaning materials such as lemon oil, which can help condition the piano’s wood and leave it looking even better than when you first loaded it!

Such a gorgeous instrument shouldn’t be such a strain on your mind or muscles.  

When you’re ready to make beautiful moves, contact the Good Guys Moving & Delivery team so you’re prepared and ready to roll into a new location!