How to Safely Move a Piano to a New Home

How to Safely Move a Piano to a New Home

Moving to a new home can be both exciting and stressful. Among the many items to transport, a piano is particularly challenging. Its size, weight, and delicate components require careful planning and transport.

A piano is like the heart center of a home, providing music and memories. Safeguarding your instrument during the move is a top priority. Moving methods and costs vary depending on piano size and type, distance, and access. Whether you decide to DIY or hire professional piano movers, these helpful tips on safely moving a piano will get you started.

Plan Your Piano Move

Begin by evaluating your instrument and both the current and destination locations. Consider the piano’s size, weight, and the spaces’ layout.

Are you moving a grand piano, baby grand piano, or upright piano? Grand pianos are larger and heavier than upright pianos, so moving them requires more labor and often specialized equipment. Due to their unique shape, square grand pianos may also require additional care and resources.

Carefully plan the route from the piano’s current location to the moving truck and from the truck to its place in your new home. Identify obstacles or hazards along the way. Measure doorways, hallways, tight corners, and staircases to ensure they can accommodate the piano’s dimensions. Think about how to protect floors, especially hardwoods.

Decide whether you will DIY or enlist professional movers. The cost, which averages $500-1200 depending on the size of piano and distance, can be a worthwhile investment to ensure a safe, smooth move.

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Piano Moving Supplies

Moving a piano requires specialized equipment to ensure both the safety of the instrument and the movers. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Piano Dolly or Skid Board: These sturdy platforms with wheels provide a stable base for transporting the piano and minimize strain on the movers.
  • Moving Straps: Strong, adjustable straps are essential for securing the piano to the dolly and providing leverage during lifting.
  • Furniture Blankets or Padding: Wrapping the piano in thick blankets or padding protects it from scratches, dents, and other damage.
  • Tape and Plastic Wrap: Use to secure the padding around the piano and protect it from dust and moisture.
  • Tools: Keep basic tools like screwdrivers and wrenches handy for disassembling and reassembling parts if necessary.

How to Move a Piano

Gather a team to assist with your piano move. Enlist the help of at least four strong individuals to lift and load the piano securely. On moving day, wear appropriate clothes and footwear.

Before moving day arrives, prepare your piano for safe transport:

  1. Lock or secure the lid to prevent it from opening during the move.
  2. Wrap and secure pedals or other moving parts with bubble wrap or tape.
  3. Securely wrap the piano in blankets or padding to protect it from scratches and bumps. 

On moving day, clear a path between the piano and the exit, removing any furniture, moving boxes, or other items that may obstruct the way. Have a plan to keep kids and pets safely supervised.

When it’s time to lift the piano onto the dolly or skid board, avoid personal injury and damage to the instrument:

  • Depending on the piano’s size, position moving straps underneath it and adjust them to distribute the weight evenly.
  •  Use proper lifting technique (bend knees and lift with legs) to avoid strain. Lift the piano slowly and steadily onto the dolly or skid board, always keeping it balanced.

Take care to avoid damaging walls and floors while slowly guiding the piano through your home. Then maneuver it onto the moving truck and secure it in place with ratchet straps for transport. If you are moving your piano in a truck with other belongings, load the piano first to help keep it protected.

How to Transport & Unload a Piano

Drive slowly and carefully during transport, avoiding sudden stops, sharp turns, and rough terrain. When unloading the piano at its new home, reverse the loading process. Once it is in place, remove the blankets and padding and adjust the piano’s position.

Inspect your piano for signs of damage, such as scratches, dents, or loose components. Then, schedule a tuning session with a professional technician to restore its optimal sound.

Moving a piano is no small feat, so take a moment to celebrate the successful relocation of your cherished instrument!

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Use Priority Moving to Move Your Piano Safely

While it’s possible to DIY move a piano with the help of friends or family and moving piano tips, hiring professional movers with experience handling pianos can provide peace of mind.

Priority Moving has the expertise and equipment to navigate tricky spaces and safely transport your instrument. We move households of all sizes. Our team of licensed movers will quickly and efficiently pack, load, transport, and unpack your most valued and fragile belongings.

Contact us for a free moving estimate or to book your move today – and fill your new home with music!