Pianos are bulky, heavy, expensive and fragile. In other words, an absolute nightmare to move.
But don’t worry, a bit of preparation, knowledge and expertise will turn transporting a piano from a nightmare into just another day on the job. Luckily for you we have all of those qualities.
But there are still risks involved. The slightest graze can scratch the finish of the piano, and a fall could be completely disastrous.
We want to keep the risk as low as possible, and to do that careful preparation is key.
First things first, research the model. Pianos come in a lot of different shapes and sizes, and the techniques for removing feet and other removable parts varies between models. The techniques you use for moving a grand piano will be a lot different to those used to move smaller models.
Once you know what you’re dealing with the next step is to remove all the necessary parts and strap down other components that might swing out (like the fall board). All bits that are removed need to be wrapped carefully in a protective cover. Common parts that are removed are the pedals, music stand and, on grand pianos, the legs. But this will depend completely on the type of piano.
Now that we have removed and secured loose parts of the piano it’s time to think about moving the bulk of it. Manpower is important here. They’re heavy things, some weight up to a ton! So the more help you can get, the better.
Piano Removals Mitcham recommends two main ways to move a piano.
1. Lifting with straps.
Straps tied around the piano make it a lot easier and safer to handle. Make sure the straps are nice and secure before lifting and always place a mat below the piano before you place it back on the ground.
2. Using a trolley.
There’s a large variety of trolleys that can be used for moving a piano. Piano ‘shoes’ are specifically designed to make moving a piano as easy and safe as possible. They have wheels on the bottom so that after you strap them onto the bottom of a piano you can push it along easily and without fear of damaging the floor.
If you choose to take the task by yourself. Do not try to roll a piano on its wheels! They’re decorative, and aren’t designed to move the piano around. After sitting in the same place for twenty years they can be a little stiff and trying to roll the piano on its wheels can easily result in damaged floorboards. Don’t do it, it’s not worth the risk, use Mitcham Removals instead..