It is important to be armed with important piano moving tips – these tips are helpful in ensuring that the piano is moved safely, cheaply and efficiently. A standard upright piano weighs anywhere between 400 and 900 pounds and a grand piano weighs anywhere between 700 and 1300 pounds. The cost of a piano can range anywhere from a few hundred dollars to 500,000 dollars – this is dependent on the piano’s make, model, age and condition among other factors. For these and other reason, it is important to know a thing or two about moving pianos.
Before moving, make sure the piano can fit in the place you are moving to and if it cannot, sell it or find another house. It is also important to make sure that you are not moving the piano into cold drafts or close to heating devices.
If you are moving the piano by yourself, go online and read on how this can be done safely and efficiently. To reduce the moving costs, call your friends and/or family to help you out.
If you have to select a piano mover, select a piano moving company that has an insurance cover. If the piano is stolen, scratched or damaged in any other way, the insurance cover guarantees that the moving company will take care of all the costs. However, it is important to read the fine print because most piano moving companies are notorious for avoiding payment.
Before moving the piano, it is important to wrap it. The process for wrapping the piano is to close it, to get thick, soft blankets and wrap up the whole of it and then to secure the blankets with tape, making sure you avoid getting any tape directly on the surface of the piano as it might spoil it during unwrapping. Wrapping greatly minimizes the risk of scratches and other physical damages.
If you will be using the services of professional movers, you should contact them early enough so that they can look at the dimensions of the piano and place where the piano is headed. This way, they will be able to know the truck they will use, the work force required and whether they should bring other equipment such as cranes in case the piano has to be moved into the new house or out of the old house through the window.
Moving the piano the wrong way, even if it does not suffer any physical damage, may affect the sound of the piano. This is because piano tuning is affected even by the slightest changes in humidity, vibration and temperature. For this reason, it is important to be present when the piano is being moved to make sure that the movers move slowly and that it is not banged against anything.
When moving the piano by yourself, you should make sure you lift with your legs and not your back. You should not move the piano sideways and if you can, use a heavy-duty cart. All these are important piano moving tips that professional movers are aware of, but that you must learn if you are moving the piano yourself.