The Best Way To Move Your Piano

Moving a piano or any large item for that matter can be very difficult requiring much needed time, planning and effort especially when you’re doing it alone. As a matter of fact, many people would call for professional services that solely specialize in moving and storage in order to deal with this strenuous and seriously draining task. Despite that, moving a piano on your own is definitely not impossible especially if you do it right with the right equipment for the job. Keep in mind that a typical piano can weigh as much as 300 lbs while a grand piano can also reach up to 1,000 lbs or more. Do not fret, as mentioned earlier if you do it right this won’t be a problem. The following are the recommended guidelines to properly move a piano.

Ask for AssistanceNever be embarrass to ask for help since your safety is your number one priority. As the saying goes “The more the merrier” which in this case won’t make things merry but will definitely make things a whole lot easier. First and foremost you should always ask for help especially when you’re still knew at the job. In fact, if you’re not confident enough you can always call or talk to moving companies or professional movers.

Wear the Proper Attire. Just like any other activity that requires physical labor, you should wear something loose and comfortable since you will need to move around a lot so flexibility is key. Keep in mind that if your clothes are too loose this might get tangled or stuck around sharp corners or edges. Aside from that, the footwear matters so wear work boots (preferably steel-toed) or if anything else athletic shoes that have decent grip to the ground so that you remain stable throughout the duration of the task. If you’re not used to lifting and transporting heavy objects, use working or rubber gloves to help improve grip and pain in your hands. Don’t forget to remove unnecessary accessories that hinder your work such as, bracelets, watches, rings, necklaces and so on since this may tangle-up or even damage both your accessories and your piano.

Plan Ahead. In everything you do, you should always plan ahead to minimize casualties and maximize efficiency. Although this is sometimes easier said than done if you don’t know what you’re doing. You should have a good understanding of the piano/s you are moving. This means that you should know the dimensions/size, key mechanisms, movable parts, sensitive areas, construction material and so on. These details will dictate how you can effectively move the piano without causing any damages during travels and lifting. In relation to that, by measuring the dimensions of the piano you can plan your route and map in your head where you can safely and effortlessly take your piano from point A to B. This may require you to utilize measuring tapes to measure the piano itself, doorways, hallways and staircases.

Protect the Piano. Since it takes too much resources, time and energy to wrap the whole piano with protective layers, it is important to know the key components of your piano so that you can dedicate your time in wrapping those areas with packaging tape, padding, cardboard and/or special moving blankets. The things to look out for as follows: Always lockdown the spinet and keep the keyboard lid closed and locked when moving since the keys are fragile and should therefore be protected. Make sure that the corners and the bottom portion of the piano are covered and wrapped since these are usually the contact points when transporting the piano. Keep in mind that you should not apply tape directly on wooden surfaces since this may damage it.

Choosing the Right Equipment. Now that everything is ready and all set to go, the only thing left to do is lift and move the piano. With some help, you and your co-movers can surely carry it manually with your bare hands but why spend all that time, energy and effort when you can use specialize piano dollies that are mainly designed for effectively and safely carrying pianos. With these dollies, it is possible to move pianos single-handedly without pouring much effort into it. Thankfully, Handtrucks2go has numerous piano dollies to choose from all having different features so make sure to choose one that best fits your needs. In addition to that, the Escalera  Automatic Stair Climber is one of Handtrucks2go’s best and widely used piano dolly since it comes with multiple options making it a multi-purpose dolly and is ergonomically designed to move pianos along stairs and hallways with ease. If you’re planning to move a larger sized piano or a grand piano, you can also select from a wide variety of grand piano dollies from Handtrucks2go. Even without prior knowledge on how to use these dollies, these material handling equipment are fairly easy to use and provide you with a safer as well as an easier alternative to bare-handedly carrying the piano.

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