Moving House With A Paino – Follow Our Expert Advice & Tips On How To Move A Piano Safley

Follow our easy to read step by step guide on how to move your piano in Desborough or Rothwell Northamptonshire professionally, successfully and in a safe and secure manner. Learning how to move a piano is not an easy thing to do, hiring a professional piano moving company with a properly trained and qualified team, will ensure that your piano is moved and transported without causing damaged to the piano or damage being done to your home.

The Safest Way On How to Move a Piano in Desborough or Rothwell Northamptonshire

Tips for Hiring a Piano Mover

When booking your piano moving company, be sure to ask your prospective piano movers about their piano insurance coverage. In the vast majority of cases, the amount of insurance your piano moving company will carry, should be more than enough insurance cover for your most expensive instrument. If it doesn’t, or if you’d like additional coverage for your piano, then you can contact your homeowner’s insurance agent and ask about arranging for a rider to your policy that would insure the piano while it’s being shipped or moved.

Occasionally, piano moving companies may attempt to “keyboard” a piano in order to move it: this entails removing the keyboard so that the piano can fit through tight spots, corners or door ways. Let your piano moving company know from the outset that you don’t want this done.

Bear in mind that some long distance piano moving companies won’t come to your home. Instead, you’ll be responsible for getting your instrument to your local piano dealer, and then the mover will transport it from there to a piano dealer near your destination.

When your piano arrives at its destination, make sure that the movers place the piano somewhere where it won’t be subject to major shifts in temperature – somewhere away from heating ducts, windows, vents and doors. Even minor warping, caused by small temperature changes, can affect a piano’s sound and tuning.

However, if you’re up for an adventure you might want to read this information on how to move a piano first before making critical (not to mention expensive) mistakes.
If you want to learn how to move a piano yourself you must know it’s a complicated task, that should be carried out by an experienced moving company and fully trained and qualified piano movers.

What to do before moving a piano?

Moving a piano without a professional help means that you have to give your friends clear instructions in advanced in order to avoid inflicting damage to them, your home or the piano. A piano falling on your friend’s foot is not a good experience for both sides.

Read carefully through this article on how to move a piano and make sure you have the piano moving equipment needed to transport the piano safely to its new destination.

Remember moving a concert sized piano that weighs upt0 490kg, is not a task to be taken lightly!

Essential piano moving equipment:

How to move a piano

How to move a piano

Work Gloves – Will protect your hands and avoid slippery hands, giving you the better grip, you will need to lift the piano safely.

Heavy duty dolly – will preserve tuning and avoid damaging your house, floors or you piano. (Pianos should not be rolled around on their metal casters. The casters are just decorative and not very functional because when used, they can easily gouge a new hardwood floor finish.)

Plastic Covers – the most important part of moving a piano is packing it. In a nutshell, this means wrapping the piano in a series of bubble wrap and moving blankets, so that the surface of the piano isn’t scuffed or gouged (piano refinishing can be almost as expensive as replacing it). In many cases, a piano’s delicate, internal moving parts will need to be secured as well.

A piano skid board – a small, indoor piano skid board that can ease big loads down stairs with minimum turbulence. You will need to have strong, careful and reliable friends – who have no history of back problems,to help in the move of the piano, especially when moving the piano up or down stairs.

The Essential Guide On How To Move A Piano in Desborough or Rothwell Northamptonshire 

Be sure that the home or place you’re moving too, can fit a piano inside. What would happen if you moved your piano to your new house or destination and it didn’t fit through the door or any corner of your rooms? So to reduce a possible migraine, check the measurements of your piano and cross-reference them with the measurements of the room and door ways,  you plan to have your piano in.

Lower the lid and lock it before you start moving the piano. Make sure it is locked.

Cover the piano with protective plastic cover, removal blankets to avoid scratches. This is especially important for means of transportation. If moving your piano abroad or overseas, then specialist piano crates should be used.

Try to place your piano in an area of a room ,where there are little or no drafts, where it is out of direct sunlight, and where the temperature and humidity are stable. This is because pianos are sensitive to humidity and temperature. The temperature and humidity changes can cause a piano to go out of tune faster than normal, the temperature can damage the wood cases from inside the piano, and if they are severe they can even eventually cause structural failure

Don’t place your piano over or next to a heat vent and avoid putting it close to a fireplace. Don’t put in front of a window because that’s typically a drafty place as well as one with direct sunlight.
Try to find a room in your home or apartment that has consistently stable in temperature and humidity. That is the best room for your piano.

Making sure the piano is moved in a way that avoids damaging bumps and scrapes this is a piano mover’s second most important task.  Think about the obstacle the piano has to cross while it is being moved, and make a positive plan of action on the best way to get the piano through the obstacle.

Any narrow stairs? When a piano has to curve towards a new direction it needs some space to move. Please keep this in mind in advanced when moving your piano. On paper, a piano can enter any where a human can. It’s always best to speak to a professional piano moving company in advanced whether it’s possible or not. It’s also extremely important to make sure that when you move a piano that it is easily accessible from all sides.

 How to move a piano 

The piano should be always moved endways and not sideways.
This can damage the internal workings. This can be beneficial for maneuvering around tight stairwells or anywhere where there is limited turning space.

Carrying or lifting the piano is allowed only with wearing work gloves to protect the hands and avoid them from being slippery. A person should be positioned on each end of the piano for an upright piano and at least three persons around a grand piano, one at each leg. Let no one other than your assigned movers touch the piano.

The next paragraph will show you how to move piano without causing back strain. do not bend your back. Keep your knees bent instead and keep you back straight in order to avoid severe back strain or injury.

How to move a piano without breaking the legs?
Be very careful to avoid putting too much weight on the legs. Get a few strong people to help if the piano is an upright. With an upright or spinet, tilt the piano back a little to take the pressure off the front legs, but be careful not to tip it back too far and tip it over. It’s not necessary (and not recommended) to lift the piano off the floor entirely.

Do not strain the legs of the piano when you move it on carpeting or over a threshold. Spinets and console pianos for example have thin front legs that can break off very easily if caught. Tip the piano back very slightly as you roll it to avoid damage.

how to move a piano

How to move a piano


Take your time, move the piano only a few inches at a time. Make certain that the piano won’t tip over by being pushed over any obstacle too fast.

Take enough weight off the casters to make it roll more easily, but do not lift it off the floor.

Make sure you lift the casters over bumps in the floor, one leg at a time.

Describe the way the piano should go in details. If it’s possible walk it with your friends so they can see it with their own eyes.
Plan in advanced and let your friends know what they have to do at each step and don’t spare them from any safety guidelines. Steps, carpets and other obstacles should be mentioned here.

Assign a friend of yours to hold of the handle behind the piano all the time while the piano is rolling.

   How to move a piano 

These instructions on how to move a piano will take you through a smooth process

Lower the lid and lock it before you start moving. Make sure it is locked using a key.

Cover the piano with protective plastic covers.

How to Move a Piano with a Heavy-Duty-Dolly?

how to move a piano

How to move a piano

Whenever a four-wheel piano dolly can be used to transport the piano – muscle power on the part of the crew to move it – is reduced to almost nothing. This is because all of the piano’s weight is centrally supported by the dolly. A piano properly balanced on a dolly is almost weightless and easily overcomes interior on level surfaces.

The dolly can be used to move a piano over level ground or on inclines and ramps or for tipping it up or down to get over a curb or 1 step.

The piano dolly also can be used to roll the piano over plywood or Masonite to traverse grass, cobblestones, gravel, sand or any other slightly uneven or loose surface.
When doing this though always use at least 4 or 5 people to push it and to rotate the plywood or Masonite (from behind to in front of the piano).

If the piano is mounted on its side, the heavier case of the piano should be balanced on the dolly and just a bit of the side of the lighter(but none of its legs) supported by the dolly’s rubber cross slats.

How to move a piano 

 Moving a Piano through Incline or Ramps?

On inclines or ramps you will notice how heavy the piano is on the low-end of the incline. On flat ground it make the piano seem weightless, when moved on the dolly.

Use at least four friends of yours when moving even a small piano because two men will control the light side and two men will be positioned on the heavy side of the piano to handle the weight expression.

How to Move a Piano Up or Down Stairs?

If you have one step in your moving path (and not more) then it is better stable the piano on the dolly. Use a piano skid board when you tip the piano to hold it from touching the ground and then stable it on the piano skid board, before lifting up the stairs. The piano skid board is designed to push, pull or lower the piano up or down the stairs without ever having to hold or lift the weight of the piano. Seek professional advice before trying to attempt these tasks.

Cheating Gravity

It is possible to move you upright piano over one step by using a slight tip of the piano on the dolly up / down as it is being pushed along. Use the hump strap to lift one end of the piano on the dolly (welded together as one unit so to speak) over the step.

What we actually do is cheating gravity out of one step of carrying effort. In that way we don’t have to remove the piano from the dolly and put it on again.That’s why it called cheating.
This cheat works only for one consecutive step with an upright piano because the bottom edge of the piano (on the low side of the tip) will scrape the ground chipping it. Also the angle of tip can become too much to keep the piano in balance on the dolly.

How to move a piano 

Step padding should be used here to be certain to not damage the piano’s bottom edge or the edge of the landing.
You must tip the whole upright up / down the steps by lifting it up and over the top step or lowering an upright down onto to a dolly or sliding the grand down the stairs, using a piano skid shoe and then onto a dolly.

For two, three, or four steps up / down the stairs, the upright piano is first placed on its side on the dolly. Then, with the bottom of the upright facing the steps, it is positioned on the dolly up to and (if possible) over the first step in order to cheat the first step by the height of the dolly as the piano’s bottom is butted up to the side of the second step.

When the tip begins on this three-step cheat you should balanced the upright piano’s case on the first step, be careful not to let the weak leg touch the stair so as not to break it.

Then extricate the dolly from under the bottom side of the piano and place it between the piano and the stairs to protect its bottom and to expedite the dolly remount at the top of the stairs.
Then finish cheating the other two steps by tipping the piano forward onto the dolly and then up and over the stairs to be traversed.

If you have just one more step to traverse you wouldn’t be able to push the upright up on the dolly over the edge of the landing. Instead of using the dolly as a buffer just lay the piano on its bottom all the way up to the top step.
Then use a pad or some cardboard placed as a covering between the piano and the edge of the landing (to prevent scraping abrasion to the piano’s bottom edge or undercarriage). Tip it up and finish by pushing it up and onto the landing.

 How to move a piano 

 Moving the Piano Down stairs

This same process is reversed when coming down the stairs. The piano is slid out to the two bottom men and they tip it towards the steps and lower it down once its out enough. When it finishes it’s descent onto the bottom step it can just be further tipped right up onto the dolly.
Again use a pad or a piece of cardboard as a buffer between a fine piano and the landing and the bottom step.
These cheating techniques are so much easier than having to get under the piano and actually carry it over these few steps.

5. How to Move a Piano into a Truck?

The upright piano should be placed on the truck with its keyboard side padded facing the truck’s wall so that if it gets scraped it only happens on the backside which does not damage the piano’s finish. The front keyboard side is protected by their pads.

Never truck a piano on its dolly because it might break loose and roll around in the truck causing terrible damage while it’s being driven.

Once you arrive at the destination and are safely parked, the upright piano is unbolted from the truck wall and remounted up on the dolly, again on its feet or on its side depending on the aforementioned 4 consecutive low steps rule. Then ramp it or lift gate it down to the street.

Next, the piano is moved over stairs to its destination point. Then it is dismounted from the dolly, being careful not to nick or chip the piano’s bottom edge or the floor by using pads as buffers, and it is set in place (if possible into cups for the casters so as not to gauge the flooring).

What Do Pianos Weigh?

There are many different kinds of pianos that all come in different shapes, sizes and weights below we have listed the most popular pianos with their weight.

Concert Grand Piano – 9′  around 490kg

Baby Grand Piano – 4′ 11″ around 240kg

Small Upright – 3′ 8″ around 184 kgs

Large Upright 4′ 2″ around 215 kgs

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