How to Move a Piano

Many of our customers need professional moving help to relocate their pianos, keyboards, or organs. Whether you are a professional musician and your piano means everything, or it’s a keepsake from a family member that hasn’t been played in years, we’ll take excellent care of your belongings. Moving Kings has a complete training program to make sure our moving professionals are well-versed in protecting and moving pianos. Read through our simple five-step process for properly moving a piano and give yourself some peace of mind for moving day.

1. Prepare & Strategize

The first step is to prepare and strategize for moving the piano from your home to the truck. Tell your moving company what kind of piano you need to transport, because models like a baby grand may need an extra team member to ensure the piano is transported safely. Your movers will inspect the piano to make sure there are no damages or inconsistencies to the piano or hardware, and then wrap and pad the piano in the moving blankets. Once the piano is closed, padded, and wrapped, the movers can proceed to the second step.

2. Disassembly

If your piano is a baby grand, your movers will disassemble the legs from the piano. Generally, one mover unscrews the bolts while the other two hold the piano from opposite ends to provide support.

3. Use A Piano Board

Once the legs are disassembled, the third step is to lift the piano onto its side and secure it to our piano board. The piano board is a reinforced four-wheel dolly with an attached board to which your piano will be strapped. The legs and bench for the piano are padded, wrapped, and moved separately.

4. Secure It Inside The Truck

Next, the piano board will be wheeled out and strapped to the wall of the truck near the wheelbase. This reduces vibration during transport. A lift gate is always preferred for this process but not always required, especially if there is a third mover on the job.

5. Off-Loading

The final step is to unstrap the piano from the truck, wheel it into our customer’s new home, and unstrap it from the board. One moving professional reattaches the legs while the other two team members provide support on opposite ends. Once the legs are reattached, the padding and wrap can be removed and you are all set to enjoy your piano in your new home. The only service that is not included with moving a piano is tuning. You may be surprised, because a lot of our Moving Kings professionals are musically inclined and may be able to play you a quick tune before bringing in the next piece.

The best way to move a piano is to give your movers the information they need to be prepared. Let your Moving Kings representative know what type of piano you need to move and explain the setup of your new home. If you are moving to the second or third floor of your building, it may be beneficial to have an extra mover on the job to ensure the safety of the team and your piano while going up or down the stairs. A piano board is built for rolling the piano on a ground level onto the truck, but if you are going up or down stairs, the piano board needs to be lifted by hand until the team reaches ground level.

With more than 20 years of experience, you can trust Moving Kings to transport your most important items. Call us today for more information or ask for your free estimate!