A piano is one of the largest pieces of furniture to move. Moving a piano is an art in itself. Pianos can weigh over 1200 pounds! Small grand pianos even weigh up to 600 pounds! For an upright piano over 48” tall or any grand piano over 6 feet long, it is best to get a professional mover to ensure the job is well done and the piano is not harmed in the process.
Damage done to a piano can end up costing you thousands of dollars and might ruin a family heirloom. There are many piano moving tips so that you do not harm your piano and it keeps bringing the music alive. Casters may be tempting to use as rollers, but they are off limits. Casters on the bottom of pianos are for decoration and can easily scratch your flooring. Simply lift them so there is not much weight on them. They can easily break off if too much stress is put on the casters. Make sure the top is locked so it doesn’t try to flap open. If it doesn’t lock, make sure it is closed securely. Wrap the piano in padding of some kind so it will not get harmed. You can use blankets, foam or anything thick enough that will keep scratches away. Secure this padding with packing tape so it cannot wiggle off while moving. A furniture dolly will need to be rented or borrowed to move the piano. A piano board can also be used as a skid board to help with transfer, especially when steps are involved. Use multiple straps to secure the piano down.
If you are moving it yourself, find friends! Since the weight is so heavy, it is best to have a person on each end ensuring the piano does not budge. If you are moving the piano up or down steps, it is best to take the piano off the dolly and slide it up or down the steps. Lifting the piano into a moving truck isn’t difficult if there is enough manpower involved. The piano is most easily transferred to the truck by using the dolly to put it on the ramp or by lift-gating it up onto the truck. Place the keyboard side with padding facing the wall of the truck so it does not get scratched. Double or triple belt the piano to the moving truck’s wall so it cannot budge during the ride to its new home.
Before you officially take the piano into its new home, make sure you have a great place away from dampness, windows, doors and cold weather. Pianos always need to be tuned once in place because their insides are sensitive. The outside may look perfect, but the insides may have been tweaked out of place resulting in a piano that won’t play on tune. Make sure to review your piano moving tips before putting the piano in anyone’s hands. Once you get it safely to its new home, your piano is now ready to bring music and entertainment to the room!