Best Way to Move a Piano

Do you need to know how to move a piano, either from one house to another, from one room in your house to a different room, or from your location to a client’s location? Regardless of the size or type of piano you need to move, we’re here to help you prepare.

How to Move a Piano Safely

A piano is a delicate instrument. For this reason, most manufacturers recommend the best way to move a piano is not to move it yourself with friends or family but to hire professional piano moving help. At our moving company, we have extensive experience moving pianos either from:

  • House to house.
  • Store to a customer’s location.
  • To a different room within a house or building.
  • Long-distance.

Generally speaking, when moving a piano you want to follow these guidelines:

  • Make sure that the keyboard lid is securely closed and locked and that any necessary parts are removed and properly wrapped.
  • Take accurate measurements of both your piano as well as the hallways and doorways that your piano will need to travel through. Doing this enables our professional piano movers to know if any parts of the piano, such as the legs, need to be disassembled.
  • Clear an object-free path throughout your house or business so we can safely move your piano without hitting any other furniture or stationary objects.

However, different types of pianos require additional steps to be taken before relocating them. See below for a discussion, and call us at 480.676.4833 to receive a free quote on moving any type of piano.

How to Move a Piano Safely

How to Move a Grand Piano

Moving a grand piano requires special care because of its design and delicacy. We are very experienced in moving grand pianos, and know that the safest way to move a grand piano is to:

  • Remove and safely package the piano lid prior to relocating the piano. It’s recommended that grand piano lids are wrapped with at least two to three moving blankets. You will also need to place all the screws and hinges from the piano lid in a labeled bag.
  • Remove the piano’s lyre, which is directly beneath the keyboard. To do so properly and safely, you must keep all screws and accompany metals that were attached to the lyre in a labeled bag so you know where they are when the piano arrives at its new destination.
  • With the help of at least two professional piano movers, lift the grand piano and tilt it on its long, flat side and directly onto a piano board, which is a large, flat, and sturdy piece of wood that professional movers like us use.
  • Using at least three to four moving blankets, cover and wrap the body of the piano to prevent it from getting dinged, scratched, or damaged during its relocation from point A to point B.
  • Using professional-grade buckle straps, tightly secure the piano to the piano board.
  • Once the piano is safely secured to the piano board, gently remove its legs and cover them with moving blankets.
  • Wrap each of the piano’s pedals completely with plenty of bubble wrap, making sure to tape the bubble wrap shut.
  • Have two to three movers lift the piano and piano board and secure it onto a dolly. You will use the dolly to roll the piano from room to room, house, or store to truck, and truck to the house.
  • If placing the piano on a moving truck, securely strap it into the truck with professional-grade furniture straps. Tightly secure the removed lid, legs, lyre, and pedals as well.

As you can see, the best way to move a grand piano takes a lot of special care. 

How to Move a Baby Grand Piano

Just like moving a grand piano requires that many steps are followed, specific instructions must also be completed to move a baby grand piano. They include:

  • Making sure you have at least two to three professional piano movers on site.
  • Carefully inspecting and inventorying the baby grand piano to note any existing damage or areas of fragility.
  • Disassembling the lyre, lid, and the prop that holds the lid open, wrapping each of the items in at least two to three moving blankets (don’t wrap these items in the same blankets – use a different set of blankets for each piano part). Make sure to place all hardware in separate labeled bags to ensure easy reassembly at the piano’s final destination.
  • Remove the pedal assembly from the piano and wrap it in separate moving blankets. As you are facing the piano, make sure to number the push-rods 1, 2, and 3 and to secure all hardware in a labeled bag.
  • Dusting the piano, then covering it with at least two to three moving blankets.
  • Removing the left leg of the piano by having one of the movers positioned underneath it to hold the piano up.
  • Carefully placing and securing the piano on the piano board.
  • Removing the remaining legs once the piano is secured to the piano board.
  • Lift the piano board onto a four-wheel dolly, which you’ll use to transport the piano to another room or onto a moving truck.
  • If placing the baby grand piano in a moving truck, using professional furniture straps to secure it in place.

Just like grand pianos, baby grand pianos require several steps to properly and safely move them and are best moved with the assistance of professionals.

How to Move a Baby Grand Piano

How to Move an Upright Piano

Though it’s a smaller and lighter instrument, moving an upright piano still requires special care. To do so, you must:

  • Have at least two to three people moving the piano.
  • Cover the keyboard to protect the keys during the move.
  • Wrap the piano in professional-grade furniture blankets to protect it from scratches and dents.
  • Make sure your pathway to either the room you are relocating it to or the doorways you’ll be exiting through to load the piano onto a truck are clean, clear, and free of any items that you might accidentally hit.
  • Use a four-wheel dolly to transport the piano to the new room or moving truck.
  • If placed on a moving truck, secure the piano using furniture straps so that the piano doesn’t move during relocation.

As you can see, all piano types require several steps to be moved and the job is best done by professionals who have years of experience.

Piano Moving Cost

The cost of professionally moving a piano depends on a variety of factors. These include the type of piano being moved and its weight, whether the piano is being relocated via a moving truck, the complexity of the pathway of houses or buildings the piano is being moved through, and the timeline for when the piano needs to be moved. Pianos that need to be moved quickly, overnight, or over weekends may cost more to move. The best way to find out how much it’ll cost to move your piano is to contact us for a free quote. When we discuss your move, we’ll get all the details necessary to provide you with an accurate quote.

Don’t DIY Your Piano Move

Piano manufacturers and pianists agree; piano moving shouldn’t be a do-it-yourself task. Contact us to inquire about moving your piano and to schedule your move, today.