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If you're moving house, you'll need to start thinking about how you're going to pack and move specialist items such as your piano. The thought of moving a piano may seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be a difficult task. With the right equipment and proper planning, moving your piano without a removal company can be simple.
Pianos shouldn't be moved carelessly as it could damage your floors as well as the piano's wheels. To move a piano, we would recommend getting help from a removal company that specialises in piano moves, but if this is not feasible, we have created a step by step guide to help you.
Follow our step by step guide and expert advice on how to safely move your piano for your home removal.
We've put together 4 simple steps on how to move your piano for your home removal.
Read on for a detailed breakdown for all 4 steps, including how to pack your piano and the best method to move your piano, especially if you have to move it downstairs.
Pianos are incredibly heavy, but are made up of intricate keys, hammers and strings that are easily susceptible to damage. Moving a piano therefore takes a lot of effort. It's easy to damage your floor as well as your piano if you attempt to move your piano without advice or help.
It's highly recommended to get help from your removal company to move your piano. Many professional removal companies will have services that specialise in piano removals carried out by highly trained and skilled team members.
However, if you're on a budget, it can still be done without a removal company. Get together at least 4 of your friends or family to help you with moving your piano. They shouldn't suffer from any back problems and should be of average strength. It's advised for 2 people to stand either side of the piano so the weight is evenly balanced.
Before even attempting to move your piano, you must create an easy access route for the removal company, or for yourself if you're doing it without a professional.
Look our for potential obstacles, such as narrow doorways that you will struggle to get your piano through, in your current house and in your new house. If you are using a professional removal company, you need to discuss these issues with them beforehand so they can plan accordingly. They may need to remove doors or door frames to make extra room.
You should clear any obstacles that could affect your route by making sure stairs and floors are completely free of any items. By now, you should have decluttered your house before moving. There shouldn't be any wet or slippery surfaces that could cause danger during the move.
If you're using a removal company's service that specialises in moving pianos, then they'll provide the packing equipment. If you're not using a removal company, you'll need to gather your packing materials and equipment in advance.
You'll then need to move your piano. This is especially difficult if you need to move your piano downstairs. Follow these 5 steps
Your movers need to be on both ends of the piano, with three people on the dolly end of the piano, and one person in the middle to guide it. They will lift the piano, while the dolly is placed under and the piano is secured.
Using the wheels of the dolly, you can now slide the piano across the floor and out of the room.
Reposition your movers so at least two or three of them are positioned on stairs to help guide the dolly’s wheels and prevent the piano falling down the stairs.
Bring the dolly to the edge of the top step and push the piano down to lift the front wheels of the dolly closest to the step
Movers on both sides of the piano need to hold on to it tightly while you roll the back wheels of the dolly to the top step. Then, gently push the back of the piano upwards so the front of the wheels of the dolly rest on the next step below.
Repeat these steps until you have the piano all the way downstairs. Don’t rush anything, and stop if someone needs to quickly rest of readjust.
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