I remember the story of a professional mover who dropped a £45,000 grand piano while he was trying to put the instrument on the tail lift. This happened ten years ago in West London but the story never gets old. It’s worth mentioning that the mover involved in this disaster has been doing piano moving for many years.
If a capable and experienced mover like him was powerless to prevent such a disaster, you should start taking some preventive steps if you are planning to move your piano. Whether you will transport your piano or do total relocation, here are some tips to ensure a successful and secured piano moving project.
This first step will seal the deal. It may cost you a little more on top of what you pay for professional movers, but this will give you peace of mind that you will get compensated should any damage arise out of the move. This is the same wisdom behind travel, fire, and life insurance. If you’re willing to pay for all the aforementioned types of insurance, why don’t you make the same investment for piano moving? You can trust reliable contractors like those from EHMovers to provide you with the insurance you need
Know the details of your piano
Another simple tip to save yourself from moving disasters is by knowing your the basic details about piano. Some musical instruments like an antique grand piano were inherited from your ancestors, grannies, and parents so your knowledge about them is limited.
It’s important to find out the weight of your piano or the material it is made from. Know the parts of your piano, specially the exterior components so you’ll know how to take care of it. Some old pianos are made of materials that can be scratched easily, while some are very sensitive of moisture and humidity. Know these basic details to prevent any damage.
Avoid exposure to water and humidity
There’s more to piano moving than just carrying it safely from point A to point B. There are pianos that are very sensitive to water that a little exposure will cause rust to the metal parts and damage to the wooden components. Some parts of your piano are made of metal like the strings, screws, hinges, and pedals. Exposure to water or moisture may result to the formation of rust. Wooden parts, on the other hand, are prone to molds when exposed to water, so you better keep it away from all water sources.
If piano is part of your total relocation to a new place, make sure there’s no water that can spill near this instrument while your items are being transported. Humidity is another enemy of some piano parts. Make sure that the moving truck is properly ventilated to avoid any damage to your piano.
Secure the lid
Finally, ensure that the lid will not move as you transfer your piano to the moving truck. Professional movers know how to secure the lid using moving straps. If you are moving the piano on your own, which is not advisable at all, better secure the lid with protective straps. If you hired piano movers, observe carefully if they secured the lid of your piano. Otherwise, it may move and slam the instrument when the road gets bumpy.