How to Move a Piano: Why Professional Piano Movers are a Must

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How to Move a Piano: Why Professional Piano Movers are a Must

You might be looking for tips on relocating your family’s old grand piano or how to move your piano up stairs.

We are here to remind you of something you already know: that pianos are heavy, solid instruments. Despite all of the solid wood and quality craftsmanship, pianos are incredibly fragile and sensitive. This makes moving a piano a daunting task without the proper expertise and equipment. Whether you are moving across town or across the country, hiring professional piano movers is essential to ensure your piano arrives at its new location safely and securely. In this article, we will explore the unique challenges of moving pianos and the importance of hiring experts to do the job.

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Your piano is a heavy, delicate instrument that requires a great deal of care and attention when being moved. Unlike a large sofa, it cannot simply be lifted and carried through doorways and hallways. Many pianos are also top-heavy, which means they are prone to tipping over if not handled properly. Additionally, your piano is incredibly sensitive to changes in temperature and humidity, which can damage the instrument if not controlled during the move.

Moving your piano diy-style is risky business.

Attempting to move your piano on your own is not only risky but can also be dangerous. Not having the proper equipment or experience can lead to bodily injury, destruction of property and/or exterior and interior damage to your piano. Cosmetic damages include piano legs, lids, and pedals can break off and the finish can be scratched or chipped. Inexperienced movers can also cause harm to the inner workings of the instrument resulting in costly repairs or a replacement of the piano altogether.

Safety is the top priority when it comes to moving pianos. Professional piano movers are trained to handle your piano safely and have specialized equipment for protection during the move. 

Why Hire Professional Piano Movers?

There are several benefits to hiring professional piano movers. Firstly, they have the expertise needed to handle the unique challenges of moving a piano.

They understand how to evaluate the piano and the path for the move, as well as how to dismantle and package the instrument.

Secondly, they have specialized equipment that allows them to move the piano safely and efficiently, without causing damage to the instrument or property. Professionals use specialized dollies, straps, padding and adequately sized piano skid boards to ensure the piano is secured during transport and unloaded safely at the new location.

How Do We Do It?

At A Better Way, our process begins with evaluating your piano and the path for the move to ensure it will fit in the new space and arrive seamlessly. We assess the weight of the instrument and take size measurements of your piano, doors, staircases and identify any obstacles your unique instrument might face throughout the move. Depending on whether you have an upright piano or a grand piano (and the size of the grand piano), we will bring the proper equipment needed for lifting, moving and transporting. 

We then dismantle your piano and package it carefully and securely to ensure it is protected and to avoid any unnecessary bumps, movement or jolting that could harm your piano during the move. We use specialized equipment, including piano skids and straps, to load and secure the piano onto our truck. Once we arrive at the new location or home, we unload your piano and reassemble it.


Once your piano is moved to its new location and you are saved from the headache of repairs and damages, it is recommended by many experts to allow the piano to rest for about a month before having it tuned.

In summary, moving a piano is a complex and challenging task that requires the expertise and equipment of professionals. Attempting to move a piano on your own can result in injury or damage to your instrument, and is not worth the risk. By hiring professional piano movers, you can protect the integrity of your instrument, extend its lifetime and most importantly enjoy your piano at its new location.