Moving with a piano? Here's a short guide to transporting a piano.
Few objects are as difficult to transport as a piano or grand piano. But don't panic. Here, our experienced relocation advisors will tell you how to handle this extremely demanding task.
DIY, moving company or specialist piano removalists?
If you have to move a piano, you should check in good time whether you really want to do this yourself. Even a light piano weighs at least 180 kilograms, as a solid cast iron plate provides tension for the wire strings struck by hammers. A grand piano weighs up to half a ton. In addition, the paint on musical instruments is easily scratched.
Moving companies are insured
You should also check out whether your personal liability insurance covers damage to your moving property or not - specifically moving a piano. As a private individual you can take out insurance that covers damage to your valuables when you move. If you instruct our experienced movers to transport your piano you are of course insured.
Clarify and measure transport routes
Have you decided to take on the transport yourself? Nothing is impossible. You can also transport the piano if you prepare yourself in good time. The first step in successfully transporting the piano is to assess and measure the transport routes. Take photos of tricky places, easiest with a smartphone, and measure all transport routes precisely. Make a note of the dates and make sure your piano has enough space to carry it.
If your piano is too big for the stairwell or the corridor, there are two options:
1. Have your piano disassembled by a specialist, transport the individual parts and have it assembled again at the destination.
2. You hire a specialist company to lift or lower your piano with a crane on the outside of the residence.
Both solutions are associated with a bit of a cost of course. Again, at this point, you should think about hiring specialists to transport the piano.
Do you have other bulky items besides the piano or grand piano that pose a challenge when moving? You can find advice and help in our overview of bulky items when moving.
DIY Piano Removals?
Are you fearless and determined to transport your piano yourself? Then it is time to organize the right equipment and enough helpers. Experts say that you need at least three strong people to transport the piano, better four.
Piano transport equipment:
• Roll trolley (get something professional please!)
• Working gloves
• Safety belts
• Packing material
For transport you absolutely need a so-called roller dog or rolling trolley, non-slip work gloves with knobs, safety belts for the transporter and carrying belts, which you can buy or borrow in any hardware store. Make sure that the trolley is rated to hold the weight of your piano!
With risers, you should afford ergonomic versions that sit securely on your shoulders. You should also get enough bubble wrap to protect the piano's lacquer during transport.
For the truck or transporter, get a model with a lifting platform. If this is not possible, you can also transport your piano on a loading trailer with a low loading area and ramp.
Transport the piano in three steps
First pack your piano carefully with bubble wrap. It is best to do this yourself the day before the move. Secure the keys with bubble wrap and stick the flap firmly. Before you take action, you should clarify with your helpers the right technique for transporting the piano. When moving, start transporting the piano as early as possible when everyone is still fresh.
1. Lift and transport to the stairwell
The first thing to do is to lift the piano onto the roller dog using the risers. While two helpers carefully lift the piano, the third assistant pushes the roller dog under the piano. It is important that the piano rests in the middle of the roller dog so that all roles are loaded evenly. Once the piano is on the rolling pedestal, you can move the instrument to the first landing.
2. The difficult way over the steps
Before you tackle this difficult task, check the way. Eliminate all pitfalls. Ideally, set up a guard to warn neighbors and keep them away from the stairs. Then muscle strength counts. Two helpers lift the piano off the trolley dog using the risers.
Then carry the instrument over the stairs while at least one other helper accompanies you and ensures that the piano does not tip over. Use each landing to recover during the piano transport and take a break to regain strength.
3. Load and secure the piano in the car
After the stairs, put the piano back on the dog and push it to your transporter. Lower the lift and gently roll the piano onto the stage. Now lift the piano with the risers onto the stage and remove the roller dog. Two helpers secure the piano while it is being lifted from the lift.
Now you can transport the piano into the hold. It is best to place it on a side wall and protect the sensitive surfaces with a few old blankets. Secure the instrument by lashing it down with straps. Due to the high center of gravity, an unsecured piano can fall over even with slight vibrations.
When unloading, repeat the procedure described in reverse order.
Checklist for moving with piano
If one or more of the following points apply to your situation, you should reconsider whether you want to entrust the piano transport to specialists.
Your instrument is VALUABLE!
We get it. If you're moving a piano there's not just emotional attachment to it. You're also talking about some serious cash if something goes wrong during the relocation. If you own a piano or grand piano from Steinway, Bösendorfer or Bechstein, well, unless you're a masochist why take any chances?
Are you moving an antique piano or concert grand? These heavy chunks have overwhelmed even experienced, powerful movers. Why leave it to amateurs? It's strongly advised to get a specialist piano removals company.
Narrow stairwells? Is your old or new home in an old building with a narrow staircase? Do you need to disassemble the instrument for transport? In this case you need a specialist anyway.
Health problems? While we're at it, think about what can happen. If you have already had problems with your back, you should not put too much pressure on yourself and under no circumstances should you try to carry a piano. In spite of ergonomic shoulder straps, such overexertion can lead to serious injuries.
No help, lack of equipment? If you have difficulty organizing private assistants or if you cannot get the necessary equipment for whatever reason: hire a specialist.
You can trust us with your most valuable property!
We'd love to help you obviously but whether you choose to do this yourself, with us or even with another moving company, the best thing you can do is just think things through first. A few minutes carefully thinking about how your move now will be well invested !
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