Choose the right piano movers

General moving companies often recommend hiring a specialty company to move a piano, which can weigh between 400 and 1,500 pounds and requires special handling to protect fragile components.

Reputable piano stores are a good source for finding a piano mover who will have the experience and equipment to do the job right.

Be sure to ask about insurance. Cartage insurance covers damage to the piano in transit. There may be other coverage for when the piano is moved into place in your new home, including commercial, automotive and worker's compensation insurance.

To determine the proper insurance, be sure you know the piano's value.

Ask for a bill of lading with the full terms of cartage before scheduling your move.

What to expect from piano movers

Piano moving companies should use tools — such as skids, ramps, pads and slings — that are designed for moving pianos.

Here are more aspects of what to expect:

Smaller pianos generally are transported in one piece. Concert and grand pianos are usually dismantled before moving.

Experienced piano movers will wrap the instrument in moving pads and secure it to a specialty piano board. Movers use the board to slowly move the piano up or down stairs.

In some circumstances, a crane may be used to hoist the piano to or from a higher floor if there is no elevator. Professional movers will use a dolly to transport on level ground and a ramp to move the piano onto the truck.

Piano placement in new location

The piano moving company should reassemble your piano if it was dismantled during the moving process. Inspect the piano for any damage that might have occurred. Talk to the piano moving service before they leave, if possible.

Humidity and temperature affect the sound, tuning and performance of your piano. Consider this before you decide where to place the piano in your home. Try to find an area that is less prone to moisture, sun or extreme temperatures.

A stable temperature is the most important factor, because your piano will have to adjust to the new environment.

After a move, wait about three days before tuning the piano. By that time the piano should have settled into the new spot.

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