Moving or relocating from one home to another involves a lot of planning and preparation. If you own a piano, then your instrument will also need special care. In most instances you will need to hire a company that specializes in moving pianos. This will protect your precious instrument from damage caused by mishandling. After all, a piano is not just an ordinary piece of furniture.
But even if you rely on the expertise of specialized piano movers, there are some steps that you can take to ascertain a trouble free move.
Pianos by nature are large, bulky, and awkward. Needless to say, they will not fit in every location. The first thing you should do is analyze the path from the old home to the new home.
Record all the dimensions of doors, stairways, and halls. Will the piano fit through these constrictions? If not, you may need to choose a different room or placement at the destination. Also make sure that the path is free of obstacles that may block or hamper the mover's ability to get the piano into the desired location.
Some movers engage in the practice of taking the keyboard off of the piano if space constraints are an issue. This method of handling a piano move is bad news for your instrument. Confirm with your movers prior to the move that they are not permitted to do this to your piano.
Despite the reputation of the moving company that you have chosen, you should still observe the work that they do. They should protect the piano with an ample amount of padded, comforter-like moving throws. The outer case of the piano is just as important as the instrument inside. As repair costs can be pricey, you want to avoid any damage to the surface of the piano.
On that note, you should also confirm that the piano movers have enough insurance. While damages are always inconvenient, it is nice to know that if an accident were to occur - you won't be stuck paying the charges.
Taking a few precautionary steps before moving day will go a long way towards an easy and stress free move.