Despite the growing popularity of DIY projects, some tasks still require a professional touch. Piano moving is one of them. Even though pianos are incredibly large, they are so fragile on the inside. It only takes one false step to drop this precious instrument and cause permanent damage. Why take that risk?
Besides, the main reason you may be avoiding hiring professional piano removalists is to save money. But pianos are expensive, so any damage caused by your inexperience could cost you more than hiring removalists.
Here are the top three dangers of DIY piano moving.
You could cause injuries
Did you know that some grand pianos weigh as much as 544 kg? Moving something that heavy involves a lot of bending, turning, and twisting, especially if you are ill-equipped and inexperienced. You could end up with back pains or torn muscles. The piano could also fall on you, causing serious injuries to your feet or hands.
Apart from having proper lifting techniques, professional piano removalists utilise a wide range of tools such as dollies, straps, and piano boards to move any type of piano without causing any injuries. By hiring them, you're protected from hefty hospital bills or legal liabilities for another person's injuries.
Expensive or irreparable damage
Pianos have multiple moving parts that can be damaged if the piano is moved improperly or dropped. You could easily scratch or cause dents to the wooden exterior. Some pianos also have narrow front legs that can break off if the instrument is mishandled. The interior mechanics are even more delicate, and if just one hammer or stringer is damaged, the overall sound of your piano is affected.
Professional piano movers have the tools, manpower, and expertise to move even the heaviest pianos. Before the move, they will secure the keyboard, cover the piano with padding and blankets, and use wooden planks or special dollies to keep pressure off the legs. They will also ensure the piano is upright throughout the whole process to prevent damage to the internal mechanics.
Damage to personal property
Besides being bulky, pianos also have an odd shape, making it extremely difficult to move them up and down stairwells, through doorways or tight spaces. There is always the risk of nicking a hole in your walls, scratching the paint, or damaging the door. And if you're moving the instrument downstairs, you risk chipping or denting your railings.
Thankfully, you don't have to worry about property damage when you work with expert piano removalists. They are equipped with modern equipment that make it easier to navigate through tight spaces. Depending on the size of your piano, they may also disassemble it before the move and assemble it upon reaching the destination to make transport easier.
Contact a local removalist to learn more.