For those of musical persuasion, a piano is often the centrepiece of a room. Whether it fills a space with melody or simply looks pretty and gathers dust, the instrument adds an invaluable air to its surroundings. But what happens when the time comes to pack up and move house?
We’ve all seen the comical renditions of pianos falling from windows and squashing cartoon removal men, but despite the sense of dread that frequently accompanies the transportation of these musical giants, there are a number of ways to make the process of piano removal stress, pain, and damage-free!
Here is our ultimate guide to moving a piano to a new home.
Preparing The Piano
It is no secret that pianos are one of the heaviest instruments around, some weighing close to half a ton, and notoriously difficult to get in and out of spaces. Before you even think about moving one, it is crucial that the instrument is correctly wrapped and protected to prevent any damage during transit.
Pianos are intricate contraptions, with many moving parts, so it’s important to use the correct packing supplies when protecting them. These include:
- Bubble wrap
- Moving blankets
- Ratchet straps
- A piano skid board
It should be pretty clear by now that moving a piano is no quick task, and most definitely not a one-man job. Enlisting the help of others is a must. The best way to do this is by getting in touch with an experienced removal service who can provide the expertise and manpower required.
As well as the knowledge and know-how to complete this tricky task, a trusted removal service can provide all of the materials needed for your move. This will minimise the chances of damage to your piano and reduce the risk of injury sustained while lifting the instrument.
As difficult as it is to remove a piano, getting one into a new house can be just as strenuous and is definitely not a task to be rushed. While preparing your new space and figuring out the perfect spot to tickle the ivories, your piano will need to be stored in a safe, dry space for a short while. Consider utilising containerised storage; your instrument will be safely kept so you can get on with the move without the worry of damage or immediate unpacking.
Along with a change of house, comes a change in climate and humidity. This can have a serious effect on the tuning of your piano. It may therefore be necessary to re-tune your piano on its arrival at your new home. The good news is that if the piano was packaged, transported and unloaded by professionals, with no damage occurring to the keys, hammers or strings, this will be a quick and easy task for any piano tuner.
Use The Best
The best way to ensure the safe transportation of your piano is to use the services of professionals. Essex Removals are specialist item removal experts, providing free packing supplies alongside decades of experience. Contact us today for a quote and to discuss how we can help you with your move!