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Why You Shouldn't Move a Piano by Yourself

Moving home or need a piano delivered to your house? Here's why you shouldn't move a piano by yourself.
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Whether you are moving house or have bought a new piano and need it delivered to your home, there are a few reasons why you should never try to move a piano yourself. While some people think it is cheaper and easy to move a piano on their own, the risks outweigh the benefits.

Here are some key reasons why you shouldn’t move a piano on your own:

A piano is not furniture

A piano is not just another piece of furniture in your home. While you may have a piano for decoration, that doesn't mean you should treat it the way you would a dining table or couch. A piano is a carefully constructed musical instrument. Failing to move it properly and with the right equipment could cause permanent damage to the components inside. Even if your piano is used purely for decoration, you'll likely want to keep it protected and ensure it functions properly. Pianos are expensive. Looking after your piano during your move will ensure that you can still sell it years or even decades later. 

The average weight of an upright piano is around 239 kg. These instruments also include different components, including pedals, wires, and keys that need looking after. These parts of the piano can break or get damaged when mishandled. Fixing or replacing them is also costly. For these reasons, you should not treat a piano as furniture. As such, you shouldn’t try to relocate a piano on your own.

You need specialized equipment

Piano transportation experts have the skills and tools to securely relocate your piano. For example, a professional piano mover will use skid boards and piano dollies to facilitate the movement of a heavy piano from one room to another. You may damage your instrument if you decide to transport your piano alone without the specialized equipment.

If you intend to buy the equipment and make the piano movement process manageable, a skipping board alone can cost you several hundred dollars. You can easily avoid spending money on the right equipment by hiring a professional piano transport company. These firms have proper trucks and tools that ensure the stability of your piano while on the move. Whether you're moving your piano within your home or from one place to another, you need the help of experienced professionals.

Pianos have awkward shapes and uneven weight

A piano's large shape is what enables these instruments to create their sounds. For instance, the lower notes require longer and heavier strings, which requires more physical space inside the piano. For this reason, the weight of a piano is not evenly distributed on all sides.

Even upright pianos, which may appear even, have their weight distributed unevenly on the inside. This makes moving a piano on your own highly difficult. If you're not familiar with the inside of the instrument, it can be hard to know which sides need more support.  

Risking damage to the surrounding space

Pianos are very heavy and hard to move without the help of specialized equipment. This means, if you are an amateur piano mover, you're likely not going to have the right dollys to move your piano easily. If you pick the piano up, there's a risk you may drop it during the movement process. While it's tempting to drag or push the piano, as these instruments are heavy they are hard to manoeuvre. You might damage the piano and your home. It is very common to damage the walls, floors or skirting boards with scratches and dents when moving a piano by yourself.  

If you're moving out of a home, damaging the walls or floors is the last thing you'll want to do. If you are selling your house your new buyers won't be happy to find damage in their home. If you're renting you'll also need to be responsible for fixing or at least paying to fix the damage.  

The best way to move a piano is by hiring professional help, regardless of how far your piano is being moved. At Wise Move, we make it easy to find a professional piano mover in a town or city near you. 

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Marshall & Rose upright piano
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Sue
Reviewed 5 days ago
The young men who delivered the piano were very efficient and polite. Putting it in it's place looked like an easy exercise for them.
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Tirohanga, Lower Hutt
Auckland CBD, Auckland
10
Jimmy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Could not have wished for better. The team at Hamilton Movers were excellent and were careful to take extreme care on a digital piano move from WLG to AKL. The item was packaged up with protective blankets and wrapping and arrived early with full communication a long the way. The team also brought the piano into our place, asking where we would like it. Again, amazing team and thanks for making this move as stress and hassle free as possible. Would 100% recommend them to everyone and will certainly use again if need to move.
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Ming
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Friendly and professional movers. Excellent service! Thanks team.
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Waikanae
10
BRENT
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Great to deal with! Was a bit apprehensive about such an expensive item being shipped, but it was well looked after and arrived safely. Thanks!
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Toyo vertical upright piano
Forrest Hill, Auckland
Browns Bay, Auckland
10
Jim
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
effective and efficient
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Steinmayer Upright Piano
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Forrest Hill, Auckland
9.5
Bec
Reviewed 24 April, 2024
Service was great. Initial communication was great. The guys did a FABULOUS job of transporting the piano - they really handled it with care. Would have appreciated a phone call or message prior to delivery time, so it was lucky that someone was home when they arrived. Overall a great experience and the piano was well looked after. Recommend.

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