How to Move a Piano Without a Moving Company

moving a pianoBy Julie DeLong, Oil Capitol Relocation 

It is no big surprise that moving a piano is one of the more problematic and most complex jobs that people endure during a relocation. Considering that pianos may weigh hundreds, or thousands of pounds, it's no surprise that many (if not most) folks make a choice to work with a professional moving company in Little Rock to perform the heavy lifting for them (literally).

Working with professional movers in Little Rock is usually the recommended choice; but you could be able to move a piano without their assistance, provided you have the proper equipment, and plenty of helpers. Should you decide to go the Do-it-Yourself route, below are the guidelines you should know:

What to Do Before Moving the Piano

Relocating a piano demands some serious prep work. Listed here are some of the foremost items to arrange before you begin moving one:

  1. Get the proper moving supplies and materials. For example, you need to have lots of moving blankets to use to protect the piano through the move. You'll need a dolly sufficient for handling the piano's weight. If you have a grand piano, you may additionally need to rent a piano skid board from a local moving company. (Do not be shocked if you wind up paying hundreds of dollars to rent one!)
  2. Form a team. At the very least, you need to have 4 strong, capable people on hand to aid you with the move. It's more ideal if you can enlist friends or family members who have experience moving large objects. Make sure to have plenty of pizza available for "motivation!"
  3. Measure the appropriate doorways, stairways, and hallways. It’s critically vital to measure the path through which your piano will be transported prior to the actual move. You do not want to get your piano wedged in a tricky spot, and chance damaging it as you make an effort to get it out!

What to Do While Moving the Piano

Listed here are several important items you need to remember during the actual move. These include the following:

  1. Wrap the piano keys, pedals, lid, and body up tightly with proper materials (e.g., bubble wrap, foam packing sheets, blankets, and so forth).
  2. Assemble the moving crew in position to lift the piano. Make certain everyone lifts in unison, on cue. Another person (or two) needs to be ready to slip the dolly beneath the piano.
  3. Once the piano is securely on the dolly, steadily guide it out of your house and into the moving truck. Be careful going through doorways, rounding corners and going down stairs. (If at all possible, use a ramp when moving your piano up or down stairs.)
  4. When you unload the piano on the moving truck, make sure at least one person is in front of the piano, and has control of it during the lift to free up the dolly.

What to Do After Moving the Piano

If you had to disassemble the piano to move it (for example, by removing the legs), then ask your moving team to help you reassemble it after it has been safely relocated. Wipe the piano down with a soft cloth or feather duster to remove any gathered dust and maybe wipe down its outside with a mild solution of soap and water. (It’s definitely wise to leave the interior to a professional piano cleaning company.)

As you can tell, moving a piano without the assistance of a professional moving company in Little Rock takes preparation, coordination, and heavy lifting. The guidelines listed here are only the tip of the iceberg!

If you reach the conclusion that it would be best to leave a move of this magnitude to professional movers in Little Rock, reach out to our team of friendly experts at the Oil Capitol Relocation today to discuss the details.


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