How to Move Your Piano

Pianos are simultaneously musical instruments and beautiful pieces of furniture. Many families pass them down as heirlooms through generations. They also allow schools and churches to offer piano lessons and give the gift of music to people. If you’ve ever played the piano, you know how enjoyable it can be.

When you’re planning to move with a piano, you should keep a few things in mind to ensure it arrives at your destination unharmed. Pianos are sensitive to environmental changes, and moving yours can make it out of tune – or worse. That’s why it’s always best to hire professional piano movers to get the job done right.

Why Do You Need Professional Piano Movers?

Many people plan moves by enlisting family members and friends to help. However, moving a piano is complicated and can be dangerous for people who lack experience. Pianos weigh hundreds of pounds, are unusually shaped and contain intricate parts like strings, hammers, keys and pedals. Since pianos are heavy and delicate, you could seriously hurt yourself or irreparably damage your beloved musical instrument by attempting a DIY move.

When moving a piano without professional help, the worst-case scenario is that it might fall on you and injure you. Even if you recruit several other people to help you lift and carry it, a piano’s weight distribution is not intuitive. Gravity and momentum can quickly take over if you try to negotiate stairs or ramps while carrying a piano, causing you to lose control and get hurt.

Even if you are lucky and manage to load a piano into and out of a moving van without hurting yourself, you should still consider the risk of property damage. You could scuff walls, doors and hardwood, or end up leaving gouges in the piano’s wood.

How to Prepare Your Piano for a Move

Once you’ve hired a reliable moving company, you can take a few steps before your scheduled moving date. Relocating a piano requires a lot of coordination and careful planning, so it helps if you provide as many details as possible about your instrument.

Knowing your piano’s size, weight and condition will help your moving team determine the safest way to move it and arrive at your home, church or school with all the necessary equipment to execute a seamless move.

You’ll also want to clear a path for your piano movers, ensuring there is plenty of room around doorways, corners and stairs. If you have carpet, you may need to stretch it to ensure it’s smooth, with no snags that could cause trips and falls. If you have hardwood floors, make sure they are clean and dry.

Schedule Your Atlanta Piano Move Today

Knowledgeable piano movers from Fox Moving and Storage Atlanta have all the tools to do the job correctly, ensuring no harm comes to your piano or any other belongings along the way to its destination. Because we know pianos can be sensitive, we’ll carefully wrap yours in blankets to keep it secure and protected throughout the process.

Our friendly team moves pianos for homeowners, churches and schools throughout the greater Atlanta area. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and can arrive at your property within one hour’s notice. To learn more about our white-glove treatment, request your free quote today.