Moving a piano can be quite a job–and most will recommend hiring the professionals to do it. They are often equipped with knowledge and equipment that make the job safer–but if that’s not an option, here are some of the best bits of advice for moving a piano on your own with Storage Facility Junction City KS.
Keep in mind that, depending on the type of piano (upright or grand), your piano may weigh anywhere from a few hundred pounds up to 1,200 pounds. Knowing the weight of your piano is the first step in figuring out how to move it–it’s recommended that if your piano weighs over a ton, you should hire professionals.
Also take into consideration that pianos can cost anywhere from a few thousand dollars to $100,000, making them the most expensive item in many people’s homes. Extreme care and caution should be taken when moving such a large and sensitive piece!
Gather Equipment and Help
Once you know the weight of your piano, rent a dolly that can handle that amount of weight. Get plenty of packing blankets to wrap around the piano. If you’re moving a grand piano, a piano board of the right size to match the body of your piano is also a must.
Besides the equipment, you’ll want to gather around four strong, careful helpers for the disassembling, moving, and reassembling process. Make sure that they are outfitted properly, especially with supportive, non-slip shoes and no loose clothing.
Prepare for the Move
First, measure your piano. Then, measure all the hallways and doorways that the piano must fit through to make sure it will roll through with ease.
If you’re moving an upright piano, wrap the piano keys, pedals, legs, and body well in packing blankets and use tape to secure them.
If you’re moving a grand piano, it’s best to carefully remove the legs and pedals and lay the piano onto the piano board. Wrap the legs and body of the piano carefully in blankets. It may take several people to safely remove the legs of the piano, especially if your piano’s body is on the heavier end.
Your helpers will need to be involved in the whole process, from removing and wrapping pieces of the piano, safely lifting it onto the dolly, and walking through the house with you to keep the piano from running into any walls or furniture.
Once you have relocated the piano to its new home, carefully unwrap it and reattach the necessary parts. It will definitely need a dusting with a microfiber cloth. After the piano has had a few weeks to adjust to its new environment, you’ll want to hire a tuner to retune it.
A piano is no piece of cake to move on your own, but with a little help, the job can be done! The same goes for the moving process–and Self Assured Storage is always there to help! If you need room to stage your home, need begin the packing up process, or have to live in smaller accommodations while you wait for your new home to be ready, a storage unit could be the answer to a more stress-free move! Give us a call today to see how using a storage unit for your move could be music to your ears!