Moving a piano has to be done with extreme care as not
only is it heavy, it has an inner fragile and delicate mechanism. So here are
tips to ensure a safe move with your piano.
1. Pianos should
be hauled across level surfaces on a wheeled platform called dolly whilst
strapped to a piano board, and covered with blankets.
2. Pianos will be
carefully and slowly carried up and down stairs if the move is only for one
floor. However if the piano has to be moved from or to higher floors, movers
move the piano through a window using a crane.
3. It is better to
move your piano with other goods as it is not only cheaper, but delivery is
also faster. If you move only your piano, it will not be shipped till the
container carrying it to your destination gets full.
4. In case of
international moving, you also have to pay import duties where the sum is
dependent on the value of your piano. However, the value differs in different
5. Remember that
in international moving, the piano will not be sent to your house till you or
someone on your behalf pays the duty. If you don't arrive at the port when the
shipment arrives, the piano will be placed in a storage unit.
6. Avoid placing
pianos in storage units as the piano may get affected if the environment is not
right. If you have to use a storage unit, ensure that it is big enough for the
piano and preferably, unheated.
Last but not least, don't proceed with the move till your
piano is rightly insured. It is better to take pictures of your piano before
the move for proof if any damages occur in transit.