How to Move Your Piano

There are a lot of people today looking for an inexpensive method of shipping their piano to their new home. Most of these people do a search online to find out how they can do it themselves. And while it is, technically, possible to relocate your piano on your own, it is important to weigh the risks with the rewards. Sure, you might think you’re saving money, until you get injured or you damage the instrument so that you have to pay for repairs. Ultimately, hiring a piano moving company to help is always the best and most economical route to take, no matter how far you are moving one of these instruments.

Hiring Movers

With that information in hand, you’ll need to set out with the mindset that a piano moving company is the kind of movers you should hire. Not all movers are well versed in relocating such delicate items, so keep this in mind as you search for the best company for your needs. When you begin to get moving quotes from the companies you are interested in, convey to the representative that you are going to require special assistance with a piano. Ask them if they have moved such items before, and if they have any references from consumers who have used their services.

Take a look online to see if people are generally happy with the services that the company offers. Contact the references that you obtained during your original contact with the company and ask those references candid questions about the service they received. Finally, compare prices along with reputations to locate the movers that are right for you.

Preparing Your Piano

Even before the movers arrive to pick up your possession, there are a few things that you can do to prepare it for transport. One of the most important things you should take care of is insurance coverage for the piano, separate from the rest of the shipment. This instrument is one of high value and should have its own policy, just in case it is damaged during the shipment. While the moving companies offer something called valuation, which is basic liability coverage for anything they ship for consumers, it rarely will cover the costs of repairing or replacing something like your piano. Instead of taking chances financially, purchase a special policy just for this instrument and ensure that it remains safe throughout the duration of transport.

Packing, as far as your piano is concerned, will depend on the type of instrument that you have. If you’ve hired specialty piano movers, you can count on them to pad and protect this instrument the way it should be. If you want to handle this part of the process on your own, then consider the following simple steps.

  • Use padding to protect the legs of the piano. If you are trying to move it from the wall and work around it, be careful not to drag it or put any extra strain on any one of the legs as they can break quite easily.
  • Be careful not to use tape or plastic against the surface of the piano as it may cause lasting damage. You might be able to use mover’s plastic wrap to keep the padding in place, but if you are moving during the summer or through a location that is very hot, be aware that this can cause the wrap to damage the finish as well.
  • Remove the sheet music tray or other removable parts before the movers arrive so that these items don’t shift and damage the piano while in transit.
  • Hire an expert musician to come out and help stabilize the internal parts of the piano so that they are not damaged while the instrument is being moved. This will protect the internal mechanisms, though you will probably still need to get it tuned when it is delivered to your new home.

Further Advice

For consumers who are seeking even more advice on packing and moving a piano, the local music store is the best place to start. Not only will you find knowledgeable people at the music store, but you may also find referrals to specialty moving companies who will treat your instrument right from start to finish. Wary about the process? These experts can also walk you through the process of moving a piano so that you know what to expect.

About Alyssa Sullivan

Alyssa Sullivan is a moving and storage veteran and a relocation consultant of Moving Angels , a one stop shop specializing in long distance and local moves within US and Canada, auto transport and homeowners insurance.
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