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Dos and Don’ts of Moving A Piano
One of the most challenging pieces of furniture to move is a piano. That’s why, it’s nothing out of the ordinary to find some great deals from individuals looking to sell the instrument instead of moving it.
At Sorensen Moving & Storage, we’re here to help with this heavy lift.
Whether it is a Grand, Baby Grand, or upright, your piano is probably the largest and most complex device in the home. Moving it from one location to another without the utmost care can easily cause unforeseen problems.
We suggest you look at the following tips for guidance.
- Do consult with professional piano movers or a moving company you can trust beforehand. We do not recommend taking on this task yourself.
- Do move any furniture and other objects out of the piano’s traveling path before starting. It will be much harder to do this after you start.
- Do cover the piano in non-slip blankets and secure them with moving straps to protect the finish.
- Don’t wear anything that can get caught on the instrument while it’s in transit and be sure to wear non-slip shoes. One wrong step can cause a dangerous accident.
- Don’t forget to lock the lid. If you go over bumps, you don’t want the lid bouncing open and close. This could damage the instrument’s ivory keys.
- Do secure the piano in the truck during loading. Any movement during transport can result in a damaged instrument, including damage that isn’t immediately visible.
- Do remove a grand piano’s legs before moving. The legs are fragile and can easily break during transport. Additionally, removing the legs usually makes it possible to fit the piano vertically through doorways.
- Don’t pack the piano last. Put the piano in the very back of the moving truck, right up against the wall. If the interior of the truck isn’t level, place some wood planks on the floor so that the weight is evenly balanced.
- Do tune the piano after the move. Differences in humidity and atmospheric pressure in your new home can detune the instrument.
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