If you own a piano, then you’re probably going to want to take it with you when you move to a new home instead of leaving it behind. An option would be to put it in storage, but you would need to move it from the storage unit to your new home at a later time.
It would be easier and less effort to use a few tips and tools to move your piano one time so that you can play beautiful music once it’s set up in your new house.
Since a piano is often heavier or about as heavy as appliances and furniture, you need to make sure that the weight of the piano and your other belongings are distributed equally. There is usually one end of a piano that is heavier than the other, which needs to be taken into consideration when you’re moving it onto the truck and when you’re arranging the instrument with all of your other belongings. Keep in mind that the legs are very lightweight, making it a bit easier to topple over if not secured properly while it’s in transit.
It’s going to take a few people to move your piano. It can be a job for three people if two hold the larger end with the keys, but four people moving the instrument would be ideal so that the weight is distributed evenly. For a job this big, it may be worth hiring some professionals.
Try to have someone on hand who can inform you about corners that you have to go around and other obstacles that you might have to navigate through in order to get the piano on and off the truck.
When you’re moving a piano or any kind of furniture, you need to wear comfortable shoes that will give you the support that you need for lifting and carrying objects from one location to another during the day.
You also need to wear clothes that are comfortable and that allow for easy movements when you’re lifting or turning.
The Right Tools
There are a few items that will make moving a piano a bit easier than just lifting the instrument. Furniture straps can be used to make lifting the piano safer and easier than by lifting with only your hands.
Furniture dollies are an option to consider as well. They will make moving the piano from the home to the truck a bit less time-consuming. It also takes some strain off of your back and legs. If there’s a ramp on the moving truck, furniture dollies will make it easier to get the piano up the ramp instead of needing to lift the piano from the ground to the back of the truck.
If the legs come off the piano, then take them off so that you’re not trying to move the entire piece at one time. Once the piano is on the vehicle, cover it with a cloth to keep it from getting scratched.