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An Antique Piano in a Church Balcony

Upright pianos are hard to move. Ideally, you want a moving team that can help you move a piano quickly and easily. If you want to take the DIY moving approach, here’s how you can do it.
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What You’ll Need

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Securing the Piano

First, place moving pads on any areas of the piano that may get scratched, such as corners or piano keys. Moving pads prevent scuff marks and other damages on the surface of the piano.

When you are ready, pull the piano away from the wall. Give yourself a good amount of clearance so you can maneuver the piano once it is out. We recommend about 3 feet of space around the entire object.

You will need a dolly. The dolly will reduce the amount of weight you will have to lift yourself and allow you to move the piano easily.

Maneuver the piano onto the dolly by tilting it slowly backward. Do not lift the piano using handles or legs. Lifting the handles or legs could snap them off and cause the piano to drop. Simply tilt the piano back and slide the dolly underneath.

Make sure the pedals of the piano are in the center of the dolly. Centering the piano will equally distribute the weight onto the dolly, allowing for easy and safe moving.

Once the piano is on the dolly, use moving straps to secure it. Moving straps wrapped vertically around the piano and dolly will reduce the chances of the dolly sliding out from underneath the piano.
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Moving a Piano Down Stairs

A stair ramp allows for easy moving up and down stairs. These ramps are easily placed on stairs, which enables you to roll the piano with ease as opposed to lifting it down and up stairs.

If you have to move a piano downstairs, make sure you have two people working to move it. When moving down stairs, make sure the person positioned on the lower part of the stairs is lifting up on the piano. The person on the higher end of the stairs should be guiding the piano forward.

Do not push the piano forward forcefully when moving. The weight of the piano is so great that any strong movements could cause the person on the lower end of the stairs to lose control, creating a possibly dangerous situation.

Instead, push the piano gently and let gravity do the rest of the work. Guide the piano down and work with the person on the lower end of the stairs to keep the situation under control.

For extra security, place moving pads at the bottom of ramps and stairs. When your piano reaches the bottom of the stairs, it will more than likely hit the floor at a tilt. A moving pad will protect your piano from significant damage.
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Moving a Piano Up Stairs

When moving a piano up stairs or ramps, make sure you have two people working to move it: one to push at the bottom and one to pull at the top.

Make sure the person at the higher end of the stairs is elevating the instrument. Also, carry the instrument from the bottom of the body and not from the handles.

Ideally, you should place a stair ramp before moving up stairs. If you cannot set the ramp, use extra caution when moving the piano up.
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Securing the Piano For Moving

You will need a moving truck to move a piano to a new location. A piano is too large to place on a truck bed and much too cumbersome to be secured in an open environment.

Make sure the piano is covered on all sides with moving pads. About three moving pads should do the trick. Once covered, secure the piano in the front of the moving container closest to the cab of the truck.

When set, secure the piano with proper moving straps. Use no less than two straps to lock the piano in place against the wall of the moving truck.

Make sure the clips of the straps do not rub against any corners of the piano. Even if the corner is covered, a strap clip can cause wear and tear on the instrument. Keep the clip on one of the flat portions of the piano.

Also, the clips should not rest on the keys of the piano. The strap should be located on one of the piano’s flat areas.

Always lift with your legs. Lifting with your back will cause problems for you and slow down your move. Use your legs to lift the weight and not your back.
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Need Help with Your Piano?

If your piano is too large or your move has become too difficult, contact Dependable Relo. Our residential and commercial moving teams come to you anywhere and can help you move, worry free. If you need movers in Austin, El Paso, or beyond, get in touch with us and we will move you fast.
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