The Best Way to Move a Piano Without a Moving Company

moving a pianoBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

It is no shock that moving a piano is one of the more problematic and most complex jobs that people endure during a move. Given that pianos may weigh hundreds, or thousands of pounds, it isn’t a big surprise that a lot of (if not the majority) individuals decide to hire a professional moving company in Denver to do the heavy lifting for them (literally).
 

Working with professional movers in Denver is usually the recommended option; however you might be able to move a piano without their help, provided you have the right equipment, and enough helpers. Should you chose to go the Do-it-Yourself route, here are the fundamentals you should know:

What to Do Prior to Moving the Piano

Relocating a piano necessitates quite a bit of preparations. Below are some of the major tasks to arrange before you begin moving one:

  1. Find the proper moving supplies and materials. For instance, you should have many moving blankets to use to protect the piano through the relocation. You will need a dolly capable of handling the piano's weight. For a grand piano, you may additionally need to rent a piano skid board from a local moving company. (Do not be shocked if you end up shelling out hundreds of dollars to get one!)
  2. Form a team. At the bare minimum, you need to have four strong, capable people on hand to help you with the move. It is ideal if you can recruit pals or family members who have experience moving awkward objects. Make sure to have plenty of pizza there for "motivation!"
  3. Measure the appropriate passages. It’s critically important to measure the spaces through which your piano will need to fit ahead of the actual move. You do not want to get your piano wedged in a tricky spot, and take the risk of damaging it as you try to get it moved!

What to Do While Moving the Piano

Listed here are some essential items you should keep in mind throughout 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 on).
  2. Get your moving team ready to lift the piano. Make certain everybody lifts together, on cue. Another person (or two) must be ready to slip the dolly underneath the piano.
  3. After the piano is securely on the dolly, steadily maneuver it out of your residence and onto the moving van. Be cautious going through doorways, navigating around corners and going down stairs. (If at all possible, utilize a ramp when moving your piano up or down stairs.)
  4. When you unload the piano on the truck, make certain at least one person is in front of the piano, and is able to control it during the lift to take out the dolly.

What to Do After Moving the Piano

For those who had to take apart the piano to move it (for instance, by removing the legs), then ask your moving crew to to aid in reassembling it after it has been safely moved. Wipe the piano down with a soft cloth or feather duster to remove any accumulated dust and maybe wipe down its outside with a mild solution of soap and water. (It is best to leave the interior to a professional piano cleaning company.)

As you can tell, moving a piano without the help of a professional moving company in Denver takes a lot of organization, coordination, and hard work. The tips above are only the tip of the iceberg!

If you reach the conclusion that it could be advisable to leave a move of this magnitude to professional movers in Denver, contact our team of friendly experts at the A-1 Freeman Moving Group today to discuss the particulars.

 

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