How to Move a Piano Without a Moving Company

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

It is not a big surprise that moving a piano is one of the hardest and most complicated chores that people endure during a move. Considering that pianos can weigh hundreds, even thousands of pounds, it isn’t a big surprise that many (if not the majority) folks chose to work with a professional moving company in Little Rock to perform the heavy lifting for them (literally).

Employing professional movers in Little Rock is usually the recommended option; yet you might be able to move a piano without their assistance, given you have the proper equipment, and a sufficient number of helpers. If you chose to go the DIY route, following are the fundamentals you need to know:

What to Do Before Relocating the Piano

Moving a piano necessitates quite a bit of preparations. Here are some of the main tasks to take care of before you commence moving one:

  1. Get the right moving supplies and materials. For instance, you need to have lots of moving blankets on hand to protect the piano through the move. You will need a dolly capable of handling the piano's weight. For a grand piano, you may also need to rent a piano skid board from a local moving company. (Do not be surprised if you end up spending hundreds of dollars to use one!)
  2. Form a team. At the very least, you should have 4 strong, capable people there to assist you with the move. It is ideal if you can find buddies or family members who have experience moving heavy items. Make certain to have lots of pizza there for "motivation!"
  3. Measure the appropriate passages. It is extremely vital to measure the passageway through which your piano will need to travel prior to the actual move. You don't want to get your piano wedged in an awkward spot, and chance damaging it while you make an effort to get it moved!

What to Do As you Move the Piano

Below you will find several essential things you should keep in mind during the actual move. These include the following:

  1. Wrap the piano keys, pedals, lid, and body up tightly with protective materials (e.g., bubble wrap, foam packing sheets, blankets, and so on).
  2. Arrange the moving team in position to lift the piano. Make sure they all lifts at the same time, on cue. Another person (or two) must be ready to slide the dolly under the piano.
  3. After the piano is securely on the dolly, in a controlled manner move it out of your house and onto the moving van. Take extra care going through doorways, navigating around corners and going down stairs. (If at all possible, use a ramp when moving your piano up or down a staircase.)
  4. When you unload the piano on the moving van, make certain at a minimum 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

For those who had to disassemble the piano to move it (for example, by removing the legs), then ask your moving team to to aid in reassembling it once it's been successfully relocated. Wipe the piano down with a soft cloth or feather duster to eliminate all gathered dust and consider wiping down the exterior with a mild solution of soap and water. (It’s definitely best to leave the interior to a professional piano cleaning company.)

Obviously, moving a piano without the assistance of a professional moving company in Little Rock necessitates much organization, coordination, and hard work. The guidelines above are only the tip of the iceberg!

If you reach the conclusion that it may be best to leave a move of this degree to professional movers in Little Rock, contact our team of friendly experts at the A-1 Freeman Moving Group today to discuss the particulars.


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