An upright piano set against a wall, facing the left.

Several years ago, we wrote a series about how to move awkward items like pianos. But we thought it was time to revisit this topic with some things for you to consider before that big move. Since the pandemic began, many people started playing instruments. Whether it was starting from scratch or reintroducing yourself to a childhood hobby, you might have a piano now that you didn’t the last time you moved. If you’re thinking about a move and want to make sure your ivory keys get safely to their new home, here are some things for you to think about before moving day.

Ask your Piano Tuner for Recommendations

The thing about piano tuners is that they talk to a lot of people with pianos. They’ve heard about the local companies that have done great work for their clients. Sadly, they’ve also likely been brought in to repair damage from a moving company that was unprepared for the challenge. Asking your tuner for recommendations is a great way to get a sense of who you should (or shouldn’t) reach out to.

Check the movers website for information about specialty items

On a moving company’s website, you may find information about what sorts of specialty items they are able to move. A lack of information isn’t necessarily a dealbreaker, but it’s good to get a sense of how confident they are in discussing their skills with specialty items. In addition, some movers may have certain people with whom they make sure to involve in moves regarding specialty items. In many cases, the owner may wish to oversee the move to make sure that your piano stays safe—which could also affect scheduling.

Call and ask for more details

After perusing their website, get on the phone with someone at the moving company. Ask them directly what kinds of pianos they have moved, and how recently. You can’t expect them to be piano experts, but if you have a grand piano and they’ve only ever moved an upright, or if they haven’t moved a piano in ten years, you may want to talk to someone with more expertise.

If it’s a rare piece, check your insurance coverage

Let’s face it: as much as we might love them, most of our home pianos aren’t fancy, rare, or otherwise priceless. But at the same time, pianos can get expensive. If you have something unique, whether an antique heirloom or a concert-quality grand, you should make sure that your insurance will cover anything that might happen during the move.

Putting your things in storage? Think again!

Sometimes moving requires putting your possessions in storage for six months or more. You might be moving abroad for a year or two, or maybe you’re doing some remodeling and need to downsize for a while. While storage is great for most items, it doesn’t have the stable temperatures and humidity that pianos need. A cold spell in winter might bring your piano out of tune, but a hot humid summer in a storage unit could cause severe and expensive damage. If you’re planning to put your things in storage, consider lending your piano to a friend, or inquire about specialty storage options.

Getting ready for a move? At Central Lakes Region Movers, we can help you with all of your prized possessions. Contact us to learn more about our services!

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