Pianos are among the hardest items to relocate. The task requires meticulous planning and a lot of effort. Even the smallest piano can be extremely heavy which makes automatically makes it a multi-person job.
The simplest and safest way to move a piano from one place to another is to hire professionals such as Beuser Group who provide precise small removal services in London. On the hand, if you are insisting on handling the task on your own, here is what you should do:
Step 1: Call your friends and ask for help
As we aforementioned, moving a piano isn’t a one-man job. So call your friends with a few days’ notice and asked them to come and lend you hand. It is preferable that you gather your strongest friends because lifting a piano is more or less a herculean endeavour.
Step 2: Gather the necessary equipment
The best would be if you can rent or purchase specially designed piano skids. This will drastically facilitate the moving of the musical instrument throughout the property. If you cannot find piano skids, a furniture dolly would also do the job as well. For the lifting, you should buy forearm forklifts that will not only ease the carrying but also protect your back and shoulder from injuries.
Step 3: Examine the staircase
If your piano is located on the first floor, you can happily skip this step. Alternatively, if the musical instrument is situated on an upper storey, you should inspect the staircase before you even move the piano from its place. Some stairways are too narrow and therefore cannot accommodate four or five people at once while other are too old and cannot support the weight of the instrument. This is why it is advisable that you conduct a thorough survey before you commence the relocation in order to prevent property damages and possible injuries.
Step 4: Support the low end at all times
The majority of the people helping you with the moving should stand at the lower half of the instrument in order to keep it from shifting and therefore maintain it stable. Note that nobody should stand directly behind the piano because if the instrument gets loose it may crush him. Also make sure that there is always enough space on both sides for people to step aside in the unfortunately event that the control over the piano is lost. Safety should always be your top priority.
Step 5: Work slowly
Even if you on a tight deadline, you shouldn’t rush the job. Work slowly and carefully. Take each step at a time and if necessary take frequent pauses. This way you will not only protect the property from damages but you will also allow the people on the lower end of the piano to take a breather and relax their muscles. After all, they are tackling the heavy lifting.
Step 6: Landings are tricky
Regardless whether you will be landing the piano on solid ground or a dolly, this step is the trickiest as the instrument can easily tumble to one side which aside of making the job even more daunting as straightening a piano is a challenging as moving it, it may also cause severe damages to the instrument.