Pianos are among the heavier household items to move. Consider hiring a professional moving company who deals with pianos on a regular basis when it comes time to relocate to a new home. Otherwise, the money you save by trying to go it alone with friends could end up costing you a lot more in damages or medical bills for an injury.
Pianos are not only heavy but are awkward. Upright pianos are top heavy with fragile legs. If you do decide to do it yourself, be sure to follow some helpful tips for moving a piano in a safe way that won’t damage the piano, your surroundings or worse yet, your back:
- Clear a path for the piano to easily move through without obstacles
- Make sure the piano is easily accessible from at least two sides.
- Never go it alone. Ask for help and position at least one person on each side.
- Use at least 3 helpers when moving a grand piano
- Ask to make sure none of the helpers have a history of back, heart or hernia problems
- Wear gloves to protect your hands
- Use heavy-duty straps
- Lift with your legs and never with your back
- Move the piano just a few inches and then rest before continuing
- Use a sturdy furniture dolly
- Use durable padding and blankets to wrap around the piano
- Protect the fragile piano keys by closing and locking the lid before moving
- Do not tip the piano on its side. Keep piano in an upright
- Take care to not snag the legs or get them caught on anything as they will break
- Load the piano onto the truck first and secure it against the back wall
The point is better to hire a professional who can help you with moving the piano than to perform a self-service move. Save your time and health!