Are you looking to move your piano?
Piano moving is always important an important part of a move. Unless you are moving a piano within your apartment, we recommend that you hire professional piano movers to help you with the task at hand. You don’t need to secure the internal parts of the piano. regardless if it is an upright piano or a grand piano. But no matter how short or long the distance you move a piano, there are certain precautions you should take.
All reputable NYC piano movers will protect your home while moving a piano. If you intend to move the piano yourself than you should use floor protection materials before moving the piano. The floor can suffer damage from dragging a “locked” caster or get scratched by any unsecured pedal, caster (wheel) or piano leg that might be protruding from the bottom part of the piano. Clear all potential obstacles out of the way, before starting to move the piano.
Moving the Piano
Safety should be your first consideration. All pianos are heavy and hard to handle. All up right pianos are top heavy and could easily tip over. Even short spinet pianos are prone to tipping if you are not careful. The casters (wheels) underneath could be clogged with a foreign object, rusty, broken, or swung in the wrong direction, preventing the piano from rolling easily. If you can’s move the piano on its wheels, you should lift the piano on a professional moving dolly. Lift one end of the piano onto the dolly carefully. Keep in mind all the rules for lifting heavy objects. Lift with your legs, not your back and make sure that all of the protruding and delicate parts such as pedals, legs etc, are secured and protected. When lifting Try not to lift one end of the piano any more than is absolutely necessary, because the strain applied to the structure of the instrument can cause enough twisting or bending to knock sections of the piano out of tune.
If it is necessary to move the piano up or down a step or two, have plenty of help. If there are more than a couple of steps to negotiate, get a professional, insured moving company, that offers expert piano movers to do the job, even if it is only within the house.
A grand piano requires more care while moving. If you are moving the grand piano in the same apartment, make sure that you don’t put too much stress on the piano legs and that it is going to fit in doors without being disassembled. measure the piano and the door openings carefully before starting the move. Make sure that you have enough people lift the piano slightly above the ground as you move it around the apartment.
Moving a piano to a different location
If you are moving a piano from one building to another, across town, or long-distance– Consider using a professional moving company with experience and equipment for piano moving. Use professionals like Usantini Moving and storage who know how to move pianos. Use only moving companies who are experts in piano moving. A piano is a delicate and expensive instrument. Don’t try to save a few dollars by hiring a “Man and a van” instead of professional and equipped moving company. Your piano might not arrive safely to your new location if you use untrained, uninsured and non professional movers. Hire a professional piano mover or technician to supervise the packing, loading, unloading, and unpacking, or supervise it yourself, if at all possible.
Tuning after a Move
Most pianos need tuning after a move. Even a short distance move might influence the piano’s tuning. We recommend that you budget and hire a piano tuner to tune the instrument after it reached its new destination safely. Certainly, if the move is from one city to another, or across town, the new environment with it’s unique level of temperature and humidity ranges will affect the piano’s tuning.
Usantini Moving and Storage professional Piano Moving service
Usantini Moving & storage offers professional moving services in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island. We have been moving pianos successfully for more than eighty years and have many satisfied, piano playing clients. Call us today if you need to move your piano safely in NYC or long distance.