The Best Way to Move a Piano Without a Moving Company

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

It's not a surprise that moving a piano is one of the more problematic and most complex tasks that people face during a relocation. Since pianos may weigh hundreds, even thousands of pounds, it's no surprise that a lot of (if not the majority) folks chose to hire a professional moving company in Colorado Springs to perform the heavy lifting for them (quite literally).

Working with professional movers in Colorado Springs is most always the best choice; yet you may be able to move the piano without their assistance, only if you have the right equipment, and plenty of helpers. If you decide to go the Do-it-Yourself route, following are the guidelines you ought to be aware of:

What to Do Before Relocating the Piano

Relocating a piano calls for plenty of prep work. Listed here are a few of the major items to plan before you commence moving one:

  1. Get the right moving supplies and materials. For example, you need to have plenty of moving blankets to use to protect the piano through the move. You will need a dolly sufficient for handling the piano's weight. If you have a grand piano, you'll additionally need to rent a piano skid board from a local moving company. (Do not be surprised if you wind up shelling out hundreds of dollars to rent one!)
  2. Form a team. At least, you should have four strong, able-bodied people there to assist you with the move. It is more ideal if you can recruit buddies or family members who have experience moving awkward objects. Make sure to have a supply of pizza there for "motivation!"
  3. Measure the appropriate doorways, stairways, and hallways. It is extremely significant to measure the spaces through which your piano will need to travel ahead of the actual move. You don't want to get your piano stuck in a tricky spot, and chance damaging it while you make an effort to get it out!

What to Do As you Move the Piano

There you will find some important things you need to remember during the actual move. These include the following:

  1. Wrap the piano keys, pedals, lid, and body up tightly with appropriate materials (e.g., bubble wrap, foam packing sheets, blankets, and so forth).
  2. Arrange your moving crew ready to lift the piano. Make sure everyone lifts together, on cue. Another person (or two) must be ready to position the dolly underneath the piano.
  3. Once the piano is securely on the dolly, steadily maneuver it out of your home and onto the moving truck. Be careful going through doorways, going around corners and going down stairs. (If possible, use a ramp when moving your piano up or down a staircase.)
  4. When you unload the piano on the truck, make sure at least 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 instance, by removing the legs), then ask your moving team to to assist you to reassemble it once it has been successfully relocated. Wipe the piano down with a soft cloth or feather duster to remove all amassed dust and maybe wipe down the outside with a mild solution of soap and water. (It's advisable to leave the interior to a professional piano cleaning company.)

As you can see, moving a piano devoid of the aid of a professional moving company in Colorado Springs takes much planning, coordination, and hard work. The suggestions above are only the tip of the iceberg!

If you decide that it could be advisable to leave a move of this magnitude to professional movers in Colorado Springs, contact our team of friendly experts at the A-1 Freeman Moving Group today to discuss the specifics.


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