Piano movers cost & DIY tips to move it safely.
Okay your choice, but firstly just enquire about the cost to have it moved for you. Check out our blog https://www.austate.com.au/blog/how-much-does-it-cost-to-move-a-piano as it has a lot of good information and some basic costs in moving a piano.
Variables that impact the price of your piano move:
- Weight and size of piano
- Accessibility and especially stairs, lifts, docks or other obstacles to be overcome
- Distance of travel to the new location. If you are wanting to move long distance read our blog https://www.austate.com.au/blog/how-to-move-a-piano-long-distance
- Closeness to both locations for mover’s truck
- Time of year (Holiday times are usually more costly)
- Insurance cover provided
- It is preferable to get an all-up quote so that you are aware of the cost to you rather than hourly rate or incurring additional costs for maybe degree-of-difficulty or other factors
- The Preparation Phase
- This is were you will need to enlist help
- Assess where and how you are going to move the piano such as are there steps or hazards
- Measure doorways and paths and clear them of obstacles
- Ensure the intended path is strong enough to take the extra weight. Eg stairs.
- Do the piano wrap
- If the piano is a grand or baby grand remove the legs and wrap them in a furniture blanket
- The piano is then lowered onto the long side preferably onto a well-padded piano board and secured with furniture straps to the board
- Pad and secure the lid of the piano for in transit
- Keep the piano well-padded throughout the process of securing to the board
- The piano now being vertical can be moved slowly through doorways
- Don’t forget to wrap and carry the piano stool also
- On with the move
- Don’t drop the piano as this can be disastrous for the instrument.
- Take your time walking the piano through both locations. Don’t hurry and remember safety first
- Ensure the piano once removed from the old location is placed in the truck against the back centre of the truck pantech and securely strapped in place.
- Ensure it is also fully covered in furniture blankets to avoid damage to the housing and other accessories.
- Ensure that you minimise severe bumps or movement in transit in the truck.
- After the move
- Make sure that the piano is retuned about a month after the move.
- Use mothballs throughout the piano to discourage insects and ensure that you replace them regularly.
- Choose carefully where you intend to relocate your piano; for instance, not close to outside walls or in direct breezeways.
- Monitor temperature and humidity levels for a time after the move.
- Ensure the piano is not in direct sunlight or breeze.
And remember safety first! And for a more in-depth guide tips and cost breakdown visit the full blog at https://www.austate.com.au/blog/how-much-does-it-cost-to-move-a-piano