Moving a piano is not an easy task. It takes more than just putting the piano in the right place to do so. As with any move, moving a piano requires certain preparations to ensure that you will get the piano home in one piece. Not to mention, it should be done by professionals who know their job.
The first step is to make the move as stress-free as possible. Start by listing all of the damage that occurred. Ask your family and friends to call you if they notice anything odd about the piano.
Take pictures of all damage, especially the dents or dings in the piano. You may need these pictures to use as evidence at the movers if there are damages that were not covered by insurance. Many people will be happy to help with this step.
Next, decide if you want to move the piano yourself or hire a moving company. If you decide to move the piano yourself, be sure to pack the piano carefully. Leave nothing in the box that is not absolutely necessary for storage.
Be sure to take pictures of every step of the move so that you can take that footage to the movers so that they can add this to their documentation. Tell them everything that is in the box and what is above it. Be specific with the dimensions of the box so that you know what you are packing.
Next, tell the movers where you live so that they can get it there on time. The last thing you want is to have to wait for a pickup and then find out you live over an hour away from the nearest location. That is something that can easily turn into a long road trip.
On the day of the move, be sure to set up the piano properly. This includes marking the boxes and placing a cup on the floor so that there is always water on it when someone plays. Also, remove the covers, laminates, and accessories to prepare the piano for the move.
By this time, you should have done the groundwork and prepared to move. Now you must be sure that the moving truck will have the right clearance when it gets to your house. Be sure to check the axle width, the wheelbase, and the clearance. If your piano is heavy, the clearance needs to be increased.
Look at the weight restriction that the truck has. Keep in mind that this weight restriction is the same whether you are moving a piano or a cabinet. Make sure that you will not be able to easily remove the box without tearing the sheetrock.
Check the tire pressure and make sure it is enough. Remember that tires have different pressures. For heavier pianos, it is best to let the tire pressure fall a little before the move so that the wheel will have enough time to flex after the move to reduce the amount of damage to the tire.
Finally, before anything else, be sure to get the parts for the piano. Sometimes, piano dealers at the auctions will have parts for the piano but these will not fit the case. Before you leave, get the parts before your movers arrive.
Getting your piano back to the same state it was in before the move is not an easy task. When planning to move a piano, it is important to remember that moving it involves a lot of preparation to get it back to the condition it was in before.