Moving house is no easy matter. Add moving a piano to your task and you’ve got an even tougher challenge ahead of you. Moving a piano will be hard but not impossible. So many others have done it without any problem and so can you.
Piano moving requires proper planning and adequate manpower. You and your friends can try moving the piano yourself but it is highly recommended that you leave the moving of something so precious to the professionals. Here’s why:
- Your friends probably do not know anything about moving a piano – unlike professional piano movers, it is likely that your friends have never had any experience in moving a piano. Sure, they have moved couches, beds, and other heavy stuff but moving a piano requires a bit more than muscles and well-meaning friends.
- Your friends are uncoordinated – as they do not have the same set of skills and capabilities, the might not be as synchronized when they move. Consider this. A team of professional movers had most likely worked together for many moving jobs. They know what each other’s strengths and weaknesses. They know what the other members of the team are capable of. They also probably have a system in place on how to move important items like pianos.
- You will most likely underestimate the weight of the piano – Regular sized pianos weigh around 400 to 600lbs. A baby grand piano could weigh up to 1000lbs. You might think this would not be a lot of weight if you have 7 of your burliest buddies helping you out. You could be right or you could be totally wrong and your friends could drop your precious piano because they underestimated the weight.
- You could also underestimate the size of the piano – The size of the piano is also another thing to consider. You might think that your piano will fit through the door of your apartment but the moment you try to shove it through, the hinges of your door could suddenly give. You can say goodbye to the $2,000 deposit on your apartment. Grand pianos are even harder to move what with the unusual shape.
There are professionals who are trained and equipped for moving pianos and other large furniture and equipment. Do not make the mistake of trying to move your piano on your own or with the help of your friends.
Choosing the Right Movers
The task of moving a piano starts with the right movers. Here are some tips to help you find the right moving company to transport your piano:
Check their credentials – Piano movers and any kind of movers should be duly registered and licensed by the Department of Transportation. They should also be able to show you their USDOT and MC numbers. Once you have obtained them, you can check these at www.safersys.org for proper verification.
Check their insurance coverage – you don’t want anything to happen to your piano. But in case something does happen to it, you want to make sure that you can get a replacement. Make sure that the movers that you have employed have enough coverage to replace or repair your piano.
Do your research – people who have used the piano movers’ services will most likely have something to say about them. If they did a good job, they will most likely have a number of 5-star ratings. If they do not, you will find one star ratings. Before hiring these movers, ask them for references and get in touch with the people they have moved pianos for to ask how the movers performed. Check also the movers’ experience with moving precious items such as pianos.
Check the movers’ equipment – ask your movers what kind of equipment they will use to transport your piano. Ask them how they plan to move it as well. The right equipment will make the task easier and will lessen the chances of accidents from happening. Movers should also have the proper packing equipment to ensure that your piano won’t end up with bumps and scratches.
Moving a piano should not be treated like moving any other furniture. It requires care, proper planning, equipment, and a team of professional movers. Don’t scrimp on the cost of moving your piano or you might end up with a broken one. A broken piano will cost so much more than hiring a team of expert piano movers. Get the best movers to ensure that your piano arrives in your new home safe and sound.