There are lots of Do-It-Yourself projects out there that can save you money and entertain you to boot. Moving a piano from your home is not one of them. In fact, it’s a difficult — even dangerous — project for one or even a group of persons to undertake on their own. Be safe, be smart. Hire an expert mover instead.
(1) You literally can’t do it alone.
Pianos are valuable, heavy, and fragile — a bad combination for a DIY project. A regular upright piano can weigh as much as 900 lbs., while grand pianos can weigh as much as 1,300 lbs. That means you definitely cannot lift it on your own. But to complicate matters, pianos also tend to have very fragile legs and feet that can easily break if dropped or if knocked against a wall, vastly reducing the value of the piano. So even if you engage a group of friends to help you, a small mistake can lead to damages that can cost you a fortune. For example, it’s essential that you keep the piano vertical while trying to lift it; otherwise, you could severely damage its inner mechanics.
(2) Doing it yourself can cost you — a lot.
Doing it yourself may seem like the simpler, cheaper way to go, but there’s a lot to keep in mind that could end up costing you even more than hiring professionals. You’ll need to rent or buy a dolly that can withstand the piano’s weight and get heavy duty straps to keep the instrument in place. You’ll also need blankets and padding to protect the piano during the move. Securing the piano in the truck will also be difficult. You’ll need to place the piano on top of wood planks to ensure that it has level footing while the vehicle is moving, and you will need to move it towards the back wall of the truck. All of this costs money, likely more than you would pay professional movers. And, of course, you or one of your helpers could injure themselves, leaving you with huge medical bills.
(3) Leave it to the pros — they’re better, and ultimately, cheaper.
It depends on where you live, but as an example, you can get two professional movers in Spring TX for approximately $60 an hour. That’s a lot cheaper than what it would cost you to take all the necessary precautions to safely transport your instrument, and it’s definitely cheaper than damaging your piano or winding up in the emergency room.
Professionals have done this kind of thing many times before. They’ve learned the tricks of getting it through narrow doors and loading it safely onto the truck, and they know how to do it safely. So make the smart choice: hire a pro.