I would like to give away a few useful instructions on how to safely move any kind of piano. Before I start, I would like to remind everyone with even an extensive knowledge of how to move pianos that actually moving your piano comes with a lot of responsibility for not only the safety of the movers but for the piano itself and its value, whether it be an upright or a grand. If you have a piano in Greater London that needs moving, we can help you with an affordable piano removal service.
Step 1. Things You Need to Move Pianos
Pianos are not small instruments like the cello or the violin. They are four feet six inches to six feet six inches long; even a small upright piano can weigh more than 350 pounds, and grand pianos can weigh anywhere from 500-1000 pounds.
Since these beautiful instruments are cumbersome and their finishes can easily get scratched, dented, and nicked, when moving a piano a great distance, the best and safest way is to hire a professional. However, if you want to move your piano from one end of the room to another, here are some simple steps to save your time and your back.
Things you’ll need:
- Action Plan
- Heavy duty gloves
- Measuring Tape
Step 2. Pick a Location for Your Piano
Choose a suitable new location for your piano and plan your route from start to finish before you begin to move the instrument. Make sure that you have a clear path to your destination. Pianos are sensitive to temperature, so if possible, don’t place your instrument near a window or fireplace. When choosing a new location, bear in mind these factors.
Step 3. Locking the Piano Lid
First of all, position the lid and lock it into place before you start your move, and don’t forget to lock down the keyboard lid if there is one. The last thing you want is to have the lid slammed down on your hands.
Step 4. Use Piano Castors
You will probably need at least two people and piano castors. Place the casters on the bottom of your piano, and when you begin to move, go slowly with one person on each end. For safety reasons, one person per 100 pounds is recommended for all upright piano moves.
Step 5. Move the Piano using Teamwork
Teamwork and positioning are crucial when manoeuvring a piano. Be sure each person takes an end, lifts up a different part of the piano at the same time, and lifts firmly underneath the body of the instrument. If at any time the piano feels out of balance, just shout’stop!’ and coordinate everyone to gently set the piano down.
When turning the instrument, always stay on the inside of the turn and keep the back of the piano on the inside of the turn. Also, make sure that you are moving your piano endways and not sideways to avoid rolling the instrument over someone’s foot or breaking a leg off of your instrument. Protect yourself all the time.
Don’t end too far while handling the piano. Always remember to lift with your knees bent and your back straight. Moving a piano is a complicated process, not a race. Slow and steady will win in the end.
Step 6. Let the Piano Rest
When the piano has been moved from one room to another, it is essential to let it rest to adapt to the climate of the new room. This might sound strange, but the temperature, humidity, and airflow differ in every room of the house. Leaving it to rest will allow the small mechanical parts to settle and may save you time or money, as you may need to tune it. AMH Pianos Services London recommends you leave the piano to rest for around two weeks. I hope you find the above information useful. If you have further questions, then please get in touch.