Top Reasons To Use Companies That Specialize In Piano Removals

by pianoremovals

Why you should use skilled, professional removalists when moving a piano.

Whether the instrument is being donated to an organization or is being relocated to a new home, it should be moved by skilled professionals. This is necessary to prevent damage to the property, damage to the instrument, or injury to those moving the device. Professionals carry the right tools and devices to safely move the instrument without incident. They usually carry insurance or offer it to the owners of the instrument, to cover any damages that may occur in the unlikely event of an accident.

Avoid Property Damage

One of the main reasons why piano removals require skilled professionals is the potential for property damage. Skilled movers know how to get the instrument through doorways, narrow passages, and up or down stairs without damage to the property. Even if a homeowner's policy covers any possible damage the hassle of repairs during a move can make the move a less than positive experience.

A Koller et Blanchet piano as kept in the Musical Instrument Museum, Brussels
A Koller et Blanchet piano as kept in...

Those living in rental properties may be charged for any damage to door frames, walls, or floors that may be caused by relocating the instrument. In some instances the damage caused by relocating the piano may be more than the amount of the security deposit and may leave prior occupants owing hundreds of dollars.

Avoid Injury

Injury to piano owners, friends, and family members is not something the owner of the instrument wishes to occur. Yet it can easily happen when amateur movers do not have the right equipment or knowledge about how to properly move the object. An upright weights several hundred pounds while a grand model can weight well over 1,000 pounds. The weight alone puts amateur movers at risk of injury.

Skilled movers who are experienced with piano removals understand where much of the weight in the instrument is located and know how to balance it properly while moving up or down stairs and onto the truck. They use special equipment like piano dollies to balance the weight and reduce the strain of rolling the instrument up the ramp of the truck. They also know how to place the device in the truck to minimize the likelihood of shifting during transport and damaging the instrument's fine wood finish. The upright and grand models must be secured against the wall of the truck in a specific manner to prevent shifting and damage.

Avoid damaging the instrument itself

Pianos can cost thousands of dollars. The investment alone will often justify the cost of using professionals for piano removals. Movers use pads that are specially designed to prevent scratches and gouges to the instrument. Pads help with carrying the instrument, if it must go up or down several stairs. The instrument can be lower or raised onto the dolly if it is only going up or down three or four stairs. However, if it must go up or down more stairs it needs to be carried. Professionals are used to lifting the weight of the object and are more fit for the job.  They also know how many men will be required to move the instrument, based on its design and weight.

When moving a piano the proper distribution of weight must be considered. A grand piano's weight is mostly in the rounded or kidney shaped part. This is where the heavy metal harp that holds the strings is located. Placement of the item on the dolly in just the right manner is required to keep the item balanced. Even an upright must be placed on a piano dolly in a specific manner. If the instrument is pushed on its wheels several things may happen.

Wheels tend to lock up or freeze when not used for a long period of time. They can gouge hard wood floors if someone attempts to move the piano with wheels that have frozen. When attempting to push a piano with frozen wheels damage to the decorative legs can occur. This can be a costly repair. For a baby grand or grand model the legs are typically removed for transport, to prevent any damage.

Damage to a piano can occur from exposure to excess moisture or various climates. Whether the instrument is going to a storage facility or to a new home it must be kept in a climate controlled environment to prevent damage to is wood finish or to the internal parts. Climate control is required for piano removals where the device is being relocated to a new home that is more than an hour or two away.

Unlike moving the household contents, piano removals require special care in controlled climates and particular skill of the movers. Therefore the company may charge a flat fee for the instrument based on weight and how far it is being moved. For local moves the company may charge an hourly rate. Regardless of how far the object is being moved, it needs special handling and care like some other valuable household contents.

Updated: 01/22/2012, pianoremovals
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