Because of their size and weight, pianos are some of the most difficult items to move. Though you may be able to move it yourself, the risk of damage and injury is so great that it’s best to count on a professional piano mover. Though it’s not free, like a DIY move, you’ll get the peace of mind that comes with a job done right. Read on to learn more about our piano moving services in San Antonio.
Why It’s Important to Hire the Pros
Though most people know that pianos have 88 keys, most are unaware that they may have over 10,000 moving parts. During a DIY relocation, those parts may move when you’re not expecting them to. However, we have piano moving expertise and manpower that most do-it-yourselfers lack. Following are some of the most common mistakes made during amateur moves, as well as the hope that you’ll do the smart (if not inexpensive) thing to keep the music flowing.
DIY Piano Moving Mistakes
- Not weighing the piano first: Playing a major or minor scale is one matter; putting the piano itself on a scale is another. It’s important to find out how much your piano weighs, as that number will largely determine the strategy used to move it around doors, corners, passageways, and stairs. A piano’s weight may vary by model. For instance, a grand piano may weigh anywhere from 500 to 1200 pounds. Upright models under 48” high might weigh 300 pounds or less, but taller models may weigh up to 800 pounds.
- Not getting enough help: It’s pretty daunting to move such a heavy piano, and it’s almost impossible to do without help. Even a small upright piano may require at least four strong adults to move it from one point to another. Keep in mind that, while recruiting friends may help you move your piano cheaply, the cost of an accident may be high.
- Failing to use the right equipment: Pianos are heavy, and it’s important to use the proper protection and equipment. It may all look the same, but it’s not. To safely move a piano, we’ll use a four-wheel dolly, piano padding, and sturdy straps that are adequately tightened.
- Counting on the casters: Some piano legs have caster wheels, but they shouldn’t be relied upon for moving. They’re not made for long-distance rolling, and they’re likely to jam. When this happens, your floor (and the piano) may become damaged.
- Being in a hurry: Piano moving is hard, and rushing through it is a serious mistake. By hiring the pros, you’ll avoid the chance of damaging your home or injuring yourself.
Why We’re The Piano Movers You Can Trust
Piano moving isn’t for the timid, especially when the move involves a grand piano or a few flights of stairs. You’ve already learned that an upright piano can weigh up to 500 pounds and a grand piano can weigh 1200 pounds or more. Can you and your friends move something that heavy without damaging the piano, or worse, hurting someone? It’s difficult, but we’ve got what it takes to get the job done. When it’s done by the pros, piano moving only takes two or three people. Our skilled movers:
- Know how to disassemble, transport, and reassemble all types of pianos.
- Come fully equipped with dollies, skids, straps, tools, and padding to make the job as safe and efficient as possible. They’ll also bring specialized boards that are capable of moving several hundred pounds across any type of floor without causing damage.
- Will understand the real and perceived value of the piano and make every effort to move it with great care.
Getting Ready for Moving Day
After you’ve hired us to move your piano, there are a few tips you can follow before the big day.
- Don’t get it tuned until after the move. Though we’ll move your piano with great care, its innermost parts may still be shifted out of place. Keys may be jostled, the body of the piano may be subject to wide temperature swings, and internal components may be affected.
- Think of the route our moving crew will take, and move all area rugs, furniture, and other obstructions from that path.
- Take steps to protect your home’s most vulnerable areas, such as wall art, flooring, and newly painted walls. When we arrive, let us know that these areas should be treated carefully.
- Remove casters, sheet music racks, and other accessories before the move takes place.
Piano Delivery and Storage
San Antonio’s music scene is vibrant and colorful, and there are plenty of places in the city to purchase a piano. Getting it home, though, is another matter. Whether you’re planning to move a piano within the city or across the country, it’s important to keep it in good condition by moving and storing it properly. We can deliver your piano on your schedule, or we can store it for as long as necessary.
Piano Moving: Should You DIY or Hire the Best Piano Movers in San Antonio?
Though pianos are sizable musical instruments, they contain thousands of small moving parts. If a piano is not moved properly and just one of those parts is damaged, it may never play the same way again. With our tools, supplies, experience, and skill, we can move your piano in a way that preserves its integrity and its beautiful sound.
It’s in your best interest (and that of your treasured instrument) to leave the moving to the professionals. San Antonio piano movers have what it takes to make the move as hassle-free as possible. They’re bonded and insured, which protects you and your piano during the process. They know pianos, and they understand how involved the relocation process is. By hiring a piano moving crew, you’re taking steps to ensure that your piano arrives safe and sound. Call today to learn more about our piano moving and storage services or to request a personalized quote.