5 Key Tips for Preparing a Piano for a Long Distance Move

If you’ve always wanted to play the piano but never had the opportunity, or if you’re looking for a change of scenery in your life, you might be thinking about a long-distance move and taking your piano with you. To help make things a little less daunting, we highlight the five key things that need to happen before your piano can trip across country lines.

1. Hire a Qualified Moving Service

If you have a small piano, or a large one that is too heavy to move, you can always hire a professional moving company. If you’re moving across the country, it’s best to find one capable of moving pianos. Piano movers typically work in very tight spaces and are comfortable transporting delicate instruments because they have done it many times before. A company will be able to protect your piano from damage and also ensure that your piano will arrive at its destination in very pristine condition.

2. Prepare Your Home for a Piano Move

Your piano may be your pride and joy, but it can also be frustrating if it doesn’t have the right space to be moved. If you’re moving across the country, you will need ample space to set up your piano once it’s been transported. Before you transport your piano, make sure that you have a designated area to put it. If you don’t have a place to put it, find one before you decide to book your moving company.

3. Protect the Finish of the Piano While Moving

A piano is a valuable investment, and you want to make sure that it will arrive at its new location undamaged. The best way to do this is by protecting it while it’s being moved. Some piano moving companies use special blankets and straps to hold the piano in place, but most will put a large cardboard box around the instrument and secure it with straps or tape. It sounds pretty flimsy, but it does a great job of protecting your piano’s finish during transport.

4. Obtain Proper Piano Moving Equipment

There are a lot of moving companies and piano movers out there, but you want to make sure that you get the best one available. Whether you are moving across town, across the country or even across the world, you will need to have proper musical equipment to protect your piano from damage. You will need a packing and unpacking service or some instruments for your pianist to use if their services are needed.

5. Map the Area

Getting the piano to its new location is not as hard as you think, but finding your way around it can be not easy. If you’re moving from out of town, it won’t be easy to find your way around. If you have time before transport, get familiar with the area and make sure that your piano movers are aware of this if there is any confusion.

Once you have all of these things done, the odds are that your piano will arrive with you in perfect condition, and it will be ready to play upon arrival. When you play your new favorite instrument in your new home, it should bring a smile to your face and a feeling of nostalgia. Just remember, if you’re moving across the country, call ahead before booking a moving company so that they can come out and go over any necessary precautions they need to take care of before they pick up your piano.



Alex is the co-author of 100 Greatest Plays, 100 Greatest Cricketers, 100 Greatest Films and 100 Greatest Moments. He has written for a wide variety of publications including The Observer, The Sunday Times, The Daily Mail, The Guardian and The Telegraph.

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