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Piano Movers: Know Your Best Options in Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC
If you are a piano owner, then there is little need to explain just how precious that particular item is. Not only is it valuable, it’s also something that you’ve created memories with family and friends with, something that can provide the type of satisfaction and entertainment that an X-Box just can’t match. If you’re about to move house, then transporting that one item is probably going to cause you more worry than any other.
A piano is one of the more challenging things to transport from one place to another. Even early Hollywood identified the piano’s special status, filling reels of comedy action with upright pianos dangling precariously over heavy moustached gentlemen. It’s the crash of frame and keys just inches from him that has us laughing – though piano lovers may be in tears – so it’s important to know what to do and what not to do when it comes to moving pianos.
Obviously, going to the professionals is the wisest course of action, as their experience alone can remove much of the worry. However, if you are going to move it yourself then there are several issues that you must address.
Firstly, have a clear knowledge of the dimensions and weight of your piano. This will help when it comes to choosing equipment and the necessary man-power required. Different styles of pianos have very different dimensions, with some harder than others to even move around a corner. As regards weight, remember that some pianos can weigh as much as five average-sized men so the slightest loss of balance is extremely hard to regain and could spell disaster.
Secondly, ensure you have the correct equipment for the job. Baring in mind there will be more involved than just you (four people would be best), you’ll need heavy-duty dollies, dependable work gloves and some sheeting to protect the piano once it’s mobile. The dollies are vital as poor quality ones can buckle or collapse, and in doing so possibly damage the inner workings of the piano. Be sure that they are strong enough to hold the piano’s weight.
Thirdly, know your route. Don’t wait to have the piano ready to go before deciding where to go! Getting the instrument out of the room, then out of the house (possibly down a stairway) and onto a vehicle requires considerable pre-planning. Make sure the way is clear of unwanted hindrances and take measurements of hallways and doorways to make sure you can actually get the piano out. Outside, ensure the path to the transportation vehicle is as smooth as possible – perhaps laying cardboard over concrete to ensure minimum vibration while moving.
Lastly, don’t rush it! Remember, that careful moving is the best way to ensure happy moving.
Of course, the best way to remove worry is to hire a professional company, preferably one with a proven track record, to do the moving for you. If that is the case, then take a careful look at the condition of the piano before it is moved to ensure no arguments should a scratch or dint be spotted afterwards. Prepare the route also as this will help the whole job to be done quicker. Also, be sure to check out the movers’ insurance coverage, just in case.
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