moving a piano

How To Move A Piano

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Moving A Piano

Upright, baby grand or grand piano, all beautiful pieces that make incredible sounds. They are awkward, heavy and fragile and also considered one of the most difficult things to move. An upright piano can weigh 900 pounds, a baby grand 500 pounds, and a grand piano weighing up to 1300 pounds. If you are moving a piano, you will certainly want to consider hiring professionals to move it for you.

Although upright pianos are less complicated to move and don’t require as much equipment, having a professional company move it is probably the better option. Many traditional moving companies may be able to move your piano along with your household items, but ask yourself first, how valuable is the piano, financially or sentimentally? Is it an heirloom, piece of art or a collectible? Would it be wiser to have professional piano company move it for you?

Hiring A Professional Piano Mover

These movers specialize in the art of moving pianos and are knowledgeable experts who will handle your piano safely and with care. In some cases the piano may need to be dismantled. Having someone who knows what they are doing in this situation is imperative.

To ensure the piano is secured, protected, and moved correctly, a variety of tools will be used. Special boards and dollies are usually required to move the weight of a piano across the floor without causing damage. Pads, slings, skids and ramps will be used accordingly, dependent on the moving process of an individual piano. While being transported, the piano must be cushioned with padding and blankets. It is also very important to lock or wrap the keyboard to prevent damage to the keys.

After any move, the piano will need to be tuned as even professional movers are unable to prevent minor shocks that disrupt the tuning.

There are a few things to consider when choosing a piano mover:

  • How long have they been moving pianos?
  • Do they have trained movers?
  • What insurance plans to they have?


A professional piano mover will most likely cost you more than using a traditional moving company. Payment is either by the hour; this could become costly over time if any unforeseen things occur and take time to resolve. More commonly, a flat rate is the best option. Make sure everything is in writing prior to the piano being moved.

The price can increase based on the size and weight of the piano. Distance, and whether the piano needs to be dismantled or moved up or down stairs will also increase the cost.


There are three types of insurance that are important for moving a piano.

  • Workers insurance
  • Property insurance
  • Piano insurance

Not all companies have all three. If this is the case with a company you are choosing, make sure to see the bill of lading prior to the move. This is a legal document outlining details of what is insured.

Donate Your Piano

If you are contemplating not moving your piano, there is the option to donate. There are many educational foundations across the country accepting piano donations.

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Shannon L.
Jan 5, 2024

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