Pianos are precious and treasured possessions to those that are fortunate enough to have one in their home. Although seemingly tough and almost indestructible these delicate instruments can be damaged in the blink of an eye. With thousands of internal pieces, the instruments can not only sustain appearance level damage but costly repairs to its internal sound mechanisms might need to be done if moved incorrectly. At the same time, they can become an obstacle when relocating, especially when grand pianos can weigh over 1,200 pounds!
When moving a piano, everything from the correct size truck to the correct padding can determine if your instrument will make it from one place to the next in the same condition. When considering if you should hire a professional mover or try the daunting task yourself, keep these points in mind.
Pianos Require Special Moving Equipment
Most of the time, moving a piano is going to need some sort of special equipment. This may simply be a different type of board or dolly to be brought in to ensure the piano and the home are not damaged in the process. Extra pads and straps may also be necessary to ensure your piano makes it to its destination without damage. Some pianos may not even fit through hallways, doors or around corners, professional moving crews are equipped to take apart the piano and reassemble it quickly.
Does the Piano’s Current or Next Location Involve Stairs of Any Kind?
The number of stairs in or out your current home and the weight of your piano comes into play moving it into your new home. If no stairs are present the move may be possible with just a special dolly and two movers, but an entire staircase may need 3 to 4 movers and require more time.
Preserve Sentimental Value of Your Piano
For most people, instruments are very dear to their heart. Many also leave them behind as a family heirloom or a generational gift. Don’t risk this precious treasure being broken by trying to cut moving costs. Some damage may even be irreversible, and it would be tragic to have destroyed an important family valuable.
Protect Your Investment
Pianos come in various types and sizes, but they are all one thing, pricey. Repairing a seriously damaged beloved instrument can result in a cost higher than the original price of the piece. This is especially true if it’s an older model or an antique, and in these cases, parts may not even be available.
You should also think about protecting your new home! With a professional mover you have less chance of an accident occurring or scratches and other dings to walls and floors that could alter the look of your new place.
Avoid Personal Injury
With the possibility of a piano being over a thousand pounds, it could be very detrimental to your health to try to move one without the proper training. Without correct training and the necessary equipment to get the job done, this could lead to a huge moving day accident. As if moving weren’t stressful enough!
With all these factors in play, moving an instrument as big as a piano increase moving stress and damage, especially if you were thinking of doing a DIY job. It can be easy to think that a piano can be treated like a normal piece of furniture, but when we take the above points into consideration, it should be noted that pianos need special treatment. This is why it’s important you hire the right team of professional movers to get the job done as well as save your investment, and you, unnecessary stress!
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