Moving with a piano and other fragile belongings
Moving house is a tough trip however you look at it. Even if you employ a professional removals company, there are still plenty of things you have to look out for, including keeping tabs on all of your belongings. But what makes matters worse are the fragile objects you have, including such gargantuan valuables like pianos. If you don’t take extra care with them, you might risk losing a ton of money, and definitely gain a few grey hairs here or there. You can stop worrying right now – here are a couple of tips that will help you transport your piano safely during a move.
The most important thing to remember when moving with a piano is to always get professional help. It doesn’t matter if it’s a spinet piano or a large grand piano, it’s always much too risky to just handle it on your own. While big and bulky on the outside, the piano is actually a very fragile system of string and hammer mechanisms, so one wrong move could end up permanently breaking your instrument. Of course, this becomes especially important with grand pianos which can be incredibly huge and weigh as much as 1300 pounds while still being incredibly delicate. You might make it on your own, but considering how much an instrument like this costs, it is hardly worth the risk.
Now that you have your professional moving team ready, you should take all of your piano’s measurements and plan a route. Remember that the bumpier the road, the more risky it is for the instrument. The moving team should be able to eliminate most of that risk, however. Make sure the piano is very securely locked down – you can rent skid boards from a rental shop, or you can count on your moving team to supply you with one. Move the piano with slow, controlled movements, always support the low end, and be careful around stairs and landings – these are the most problematic areas for moving pianos.
Though other fragile objects may not be as huge an undertaking as moving an entire piano, it’s nonetheless to stick to some basic rules of thumb. Always make sure your items are properly secured by multiple layers of soft wraps such as bubble wrap. Ideally, you should keep them with you at all times during the move, so that you can control the movement of the package, but if you can’t, make sure you fit it in with the rest of your items in a way that prevents any movement. Keep that in mind, and you should be able to enjoy your new home without worrying about broken valuables!