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4 Reasons Why You Should Never Attempt to Move a Piano on Your Own

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Moving house is difficult enough under normal circumstances, but throw in some particularly heavy and expensive furniture and the process can quickly turn into a downright nightmare. While many people attempt to keep costs low by carrying out their house removal independently, when it comes to pianos it’s almost always a better idea to pay for a specialist mover in Essex.

Here at Essex Removals, we’re well versed in both local and overseas European removals and have the expertise and specialist equipment you need to move your piano, artwork and other fragile possessions safely and efficiently. Here are four key risks of trying to move a piano on your own.

1. They are Incredibly Heavy

The first major issue with moving a piano during a house removal in Essex is that pianos are heavy. Very heavy. Your average spinet can easily weigh more than 300 pounds, while big upright pianos can sometimes weigh as much as 1,000 pounds. Trying to shift this much weight obviously introduces a number of safety risks for both you and the piano. No matter how strong you and your friends are, you’re probably going to struggle to carry your piano very far.

2. Awkward Shape Makes Them Difficult to Transport

It’s important to keep in mind that it’s not the weight alone that makes a piano difficult to move. Due to the inner working mechanisms of the piano, the weight is not distributed equally across the instrument, meaning the back is going to be significantly heavier than the front. In addition, the awkward shape can make it challenging to move a piano in and out of doors and between rooms – particularly if there are steps and garden paths to contend with.

3. Pianos are Fragile Despite Their Size and Weight

While it’s easy to associate heavy, bulky things with being innately sturdy, pianos are notoriously fragile despite their impressive size and weight. Spinets and console pianos, for example, typically have very thin legs that can easily get damaged or even snap off if they snag on something during the move. The surfaces of a piano are also prone to getting scratched (particularly if it has a polished finish), which can detract from the overall visual aesthetic of the instrument.

4. High Risk of the Piano Going Out of Tune

Last but by no means least, one of the big disadvantages of transporting a piano on your own during your house removal is that there’s a high chance that the instrument will go out of tune. Although the climate is the key factor when it comes to a piano’s tuning, sustaining bumps and knocks en route to your home can also cause affect its tuning. Using a professional house removal service in Essex provides your piano with greater stability during the move and minimises the chances of any unwanted pitch changes occurring.

Give the Essex Removals team a call today on 01708 722 277 and find out how we can simplify your next house removal.

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