Moving a Piano
Moving a piano requires some special skills that not all companies are able to provide. If you have an expensive or antique piano, you may be better off contracting with a piano mover, who will have not only the required knowledge but also the special tools required to pack and transport your piano without scratching or damaging it in the process. Even with specialists, however, complete safety cannot be guaranteed, so having the right type of insurance is key in this case. Most piano movers will provide a warranty as part of the moving package, but this may not include complete coverage, so it’s important to find out if you need to buy additional protection.
If you decide to move the piano yourself or use a regular moving company to do so, the first step is protecting the surface by making sure every inch is covered with a padded blanket. Then secure the padded blanket around the legs with stretch wrap or packing tape, so that everything is covered.
The most important point to consider when moving is piano is form. You want to make sure that the piano stays firm during transport, so there is no risk of it bending out of shape (which would certainly affect the quality of play). This can be done by making sure the piano is secured once placed inside the truck and by using wheels to move it, rather than picking it up or dragging it. You may still need to have the piano finetuned once you reach your final destination, so keep that in mind as part of your budget.