Yes, you can perform a piano move all by yourself, but it takes a lot of preparation and many helps. Before you decide to do it yourself, you might want to look into hiring professional piano movers to handle the job. But if you decide to do it all by yourself, knowing how to transport a piano in a safe way all by yourself is important.
This is especially true if your piano move will involve flight of stairs, elevator, or have tight spaces to maneuver.
Pianos are so heavy and awkwardly shaped and they are much valuable; not to mind the injuries you can inflict on your home and your back.
If you are going to move the piano yourself, then, here are some tips that will help you ensure it is completed safely.
What are the Things needed to move a Piano?
- Piano dollies: These dollies are of special kind with four wheels, additional bearings for easy turning, as well as rubber wheels to avoid damaging floors.
- Strapping: Strong strapping will be required to hold the piano on the dolly or piano board firmly. Find locking straps or those with ratchets so that you can conveniently tighten and hold the strapping. One other strap you should try to get is a hump strap. It assists with lifting heavy, bulky items by extending using of your arms. This is so much helpful for going upstairs. You wrap the strap around your wrists then through the piano’s bottom wheels, and then gently lift up.
- Piano board or skid board: This is a huge piece of plywood that is covered in padding. To transport a piano with a skid board, you strap the instrument’s body to t. then, you place the board on a piano dolly and you see the body moved.
- Movers’ pads or blankets: These will protect your piano’s finish during the move. They also cover the piano from the tape, straps, and any sudden bumps during transit.
- Shoulder harness or belt: This strap system enables movers to make use of their legs and shoulders to transport large items appropriately. It will not add to the number of weight you can carry, but will help avoid injuries from wrong lifting.
How to move a Piano like a Pro
Still want to proceed and move the piano yourself? Check our helpful ideas below:
1. Get Help
Remember that pianos are heavy and also awkward. Uprights carry their entire weight in the top divide, and their legs and feet can be delicate, so you will need additional hands to help. Plan to have a minimum of 4 helpers to properly and safely transport the average upright piano. This is an ideal chance to request favors from family and friends. Make sure you offer them something in return for their time and effort, even if it doesn’t pass soft drinks and pizza.
2. Gather the Right Equipment
Rent or buy heavy-duty straps that will give an improved hold on the piano. You will also need to get a furniture dolly that can help the piano’s weight. Straps can also be helpful in holding the piano to the dolly and inside the moving truck.
3. Arrange a Path and take Measurements
The path you should take may be obvious, but if not, you can choose by taking series of obstacles into consideration. The most difficult obstacles include stairs, doorways and turns. Measure all these obstacles and compare them to the piano’s width or height plus dolly as appropriate. It can be so hard to measure turns. If you find it difficult, get three people to help you. Have one of them hold one end of the measuring tape on the wall, another person on the perpendicular wall, and a third person on the obtruding corner.
Let the two people on the perpendicular walls change their positions until the tape measure reads its minimum mark. That minimum mark should be more than the width of the piano so as to successfully do the turn.
If the turn is done at a three-or-four-way hallway intersection, you may be able to maneuver your piano from one room to another to get a more effective turn.
4. Stairs are Tricky
A move involving stairs is better left to the pros. However, if you do try to do it, you will need to build a shift ramp from plywood to place on the flight of stairs. You can click here to read more about moving a piano upstairs.
5. Clear the Path
This is obviously clear; but should be mentioned. You will have a minimum of 3 people on the piano, so the path need to be as wide as it could be. Also, beware of any bumps in the path; you will need to go round these with extra care.
6. Take Precautions
Come of the precautions the mover must take into account are:
- They should lift with their thighs by bending their knees and not their back
- If the piano drops, don’t attempt to save it. it is super heavy ad could injure you severely
- Don’t lift by pedals or legs
- Avoid using the piano’s wheels if it comes with one. These are mainly for small adjustments and nor for huge movements.
7. Wrap the Piano
Wrap the piano with the padding or blankets. Ensure the edges are protected and tape the blanket to secure it. Prevent the tape from direct contact with the surface of the piano. Ensure that the blankets or padding is so thick that it will prevent the piano from any bumps on the move.
8. Lifting the Piano
When lifting the piano into place, whether onto the truck, onto the furniture dolly, or to another place inside the house, you must avoid lifting by its legs. The legs are highly vulnerable. In addition, let the piano maintain an upright position. The mechanics suffers when laid on its side.
9. Securing it inside the Truck
The piano need to be placed at the back of the truck, closer to the back wall – the wall that divides the interior cab of the truck from the shipment space. It will be one of the first items you pack and one of the lads you unload at the destination. Some piano movers suggest the use of wood planks to make sure there is a level of flooring for the piano since majority of truck spaces are not level. This helps to reduce pressure on the casters and piano legs which will stress and stabilize during the move. If using planks, lay them towards the back wall and do the following:
- Lift the piano onto the planks from the dolly
- Use moving straps to hold the piano to the truck wall
- Check to ensure that the piano is firmly held not to roll around or tip while the moving truck is on the road.
10. Moving in
Before you relocate into your new home, ensure you know where exactly the piano will go. It should be placed against a wall; possibly an interior wall where it will be covered from the cold and damp. Take to the steps outlined above in a reverse order. Again, if you have to travel stairs, tight spaces, or elevators, call in the experts.
If you don’t want to move a piano using a DIY approach, there are many professional movers that can take care of the task for you. To locate the best company to transport your shipments, including your piano, check the large network of reliable and good piano movers on Moving Feedback. All moving companies in our network have insurance and are licensed, so you can be certain that your piano (and other household goods) move will be in great hands.