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Moving pianos require research and planning ahead. The first step in planning to move this wonderful instrument is contacting a piano specialist. Avoid the headache and backache and have the piano specialist company move your piano for you. Another option is to check with your moving company that they can move the piano, and if they can, make sure that they have the right equipment as a piano requires a special piano dolly to do this properly. When speaking with the movers, make sure they do not require the removal of the keyboard inside the piano as they may suggest that it makes the move easier. However, this is not beneficial to your piano and will cost more money to the owner for a professional to repair the keyboard inside of the piano for it to play again.
Wrapping and securing parts of a piano are also very important when relocating this instrument. Pianos are very vulnerable to changes in temperature and can be scratched and scrapped easily. The wires inside of the piano should be wrapped carefully by an expert before the actual act of moving the piano. After the piano arrives in your new home, the wires will have to be loosened and re-tuned by a professional piano tuner before you try to play it again.
It is also important to note that your new home has a suitable place to install your piano. At the arrival of your new home, remember that the piano will need to be placed away from air ducts and exterior walls. Pianos do not respond well to humidity or instable changes in temperature. Remember, a professional will need to visit your home to help re-tune the piano as it could be damaged if you try and play it right away after it is moved. Pianos are similar to humans as they need to settle into its new home to get adjusted to its new surroundings.
Whether you have a baby grand piano or an upright piano, you need to have the proper insurance to move a piano. You will need more than the standard insurance that most movers provide as the standard insurance does not cover pianos as they are heavy and awkward to move. This may require private insurance through your already provided home insurer.
In conclusion, make sure you take the proper steps in moving your piano as the tasks are difficult and the instrument requires a lot of care before, during and after the moving process.