Grand pianos are absolutely beautiful and allow you to create amazing music in the comfort of your own home. When you have to move a grand piano, it can be difficult to transport it because of its large size and how delicate it is. It is best to hire professionals to transport your grand piano for you to ensure it arrives safely.
The following guide walks you through the steps of moving your grand piano to ensure that you understand how difficult of a process it can be:
Disassemble the Piano
The piano will not fit through doorways easily because of the legs. The movers will need to remove the legs of the piano so that it can be moved through doorways. Removing the legs requires the body of the piano to be supported while the legs are removed. There are specialized supports the movers use to place under the body of the piano.
The supports can be adjusted in height to ensure that just the right amount of support is provided so that the weight of the piano comes off of the legs so they can easily be removed.
Secure All Lids
Before the piano is removed from your home, the movers will secure the top lid and the lid over the keys with painter's tape. Painter's tape will not cause any damage to the finish of your piano and is strong enough to keep the lids closed when the piano is turned on its side to fit it through the doorways.
Protect the Piano
The piano and the legs will then be wrapped in protective materials to ensure that the finish is not scratched, nicked, or dented during the move. Thick cloth or bubble wrap is often wrapped around the piano and the legs and then secured with painter's tape to ensure that the protective material stays in place.
Carry the Parts
A grand piano can be quite heavy. Professional movers will know how to carry the piano in a way that allows the weight to be evenly distributed between multiple movers to ensure that the piano is not dropped as it is taken out of the house. If you and a few of your friends tried to move the piano, there is a good chance that maneuvering the piano the way it needs to be maneuvered would be quite difficult for all of you.
Secure the Parts
When the piano is finally situated in the moving truck, the parts will need to be properly secured. In a moving truck, there are often small metal loops secured to the side panels of the walls in the truck. The movers can wrap ratchet straps around the piano and secure the hooks at the ends of the straps through the metal loops. The straps are then tightened until they cannot be tightened anymore, so that the piano stays in place during the move.
Reassemble the Piano
After the piano has been transported, the movers will bring the parts into your new home the same way they took them out of your old home. The body of the piano will be placed on the supports and then the legs will be reattached to the piano.
Once the piano has been put back together properly, you can remove the painter's tape that kept the lids closed. Have a professional piano tuner tune your piano for you because some of the keys may have come out of tune during the move. Hiring professional movers to handle the move for you will better your chances of your piano arriving to your home undamaged and is an investment well worth making.
Contact a piano moving services company if you want to know more or have other questions.