When it comes to moving households, handling large, bulky items is a challenge, especially if you decide to do it yourself. Here are a few tips that can help.
Moving A Piano
It takes a minimum of three people to move a piano. The process begins with removing the pedal system, which must happen in a systematic way for the number of bolts that hold it onto the instrument. Pad wrap everything with moving blankets and stretch wrap each piece for added protection.
The process for dismantling the rest of the piano depends on the type. Usually, one leg has to be lifted and unbolted to come off. We leave the bolting system attached and pad wrap & stretch wrap each leg so nothing is lost. At this point, we lower the piano gently on its side onto a special piano sled. Then, we remove the second leg while at least two people are supporting the piano. At this point, we shift the piano to the upright position at the edge of the piano sled, which has an indentation to accommodate the lid overlap so the piano does not touch the floor. It sits on a cushioned blanket and secured to the sled to prevent pressure points while being moved. Then it becomes easy to remove the final leg.
We stretch wrap and pad the piano body, then ease it onto a special dolly and wheel it out the door. The piano should remain on the dolly, which becomes part of it during transport. We strap it to the side wall of the truck, halfway between the two wheel bases, for the least amount of jostling. Once it is reassembled in the new home, it is critical that the owners have the instrument re-tuned, as there will be some unavoidable changes from the move.
Whether it is a pool table or piano, consider hiring a professional moving company to transport items such as pool tables and pianos. Neither you nor an inexperienced mover should be learning the process while handling your large, bulky possessions.