How to move an upright piano - the correct way. Although a piano is seen by most people as a difficult item to remove safely, it need not be so difficult.
How To Move An Upright Piano
With some basic knowledge, the correct training and equipment it really is relatively easy, providing there are not unusual circumstances.
What To Know When Moving An Upright Piano
The main piece of equipment that is needed to remove a piano is a set of well maintained piano wheels. These are a very strong carriage that will sit underneath in the middle of the piano. In addition to this a piano cover can also be used.
Before you even think to move a piano you need to ask some very relevant questions about the access to the property at both the collection and delivery address and also where the piano is to come from and go to. Outside each home you need to look at the entrance driveway. Is it smooth tarmac or is it gravel. If the latter you may need to use plywood sheeting to prevent the piano wheels from getting stuck due to the weight. You also need to note if there any steps leading up to the front door. If it is just a couple the piano wheels can be used to manoeuvre the piano up them, but any more and you are going to need more manpower.
Typically a piano will be coming from and going to a ground floor location and if this is the case and the hallway and door entrances are of a standard size then two trained removal men should be able to carry out such a move. Note that the piano may need to be placed on its end to actually fit through an internal room door.
If the piano is needed to go up a large flight of steps outside a home or onto a first floor or above then usually four men are required to physically lift the piano. However, if the staircase is not wide enough then other options such as using a crane or external elevator may be necessary. The nature of the windows will also be a factor in determining if this is a possible option.
Top Tips When Moving An Upright Piano
To prevent the piano from getting scratched, especially if it is highly polished, always use a padded upright piano cover to protect it and if you are shipping it overseas consider having it over crated.
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