Pianos are some of the most prized possessions in many homes. But when it comes time to move your piano, especially long distance, many myths, and misconceptions arise about the risks, logistics, and costs involved.
At Modern Piano Moving, we've heard every myth in the book when it comes to transporting pianos. After decades in the piano moving business, we want to debunk some of the most common myths we encounter. Read on as we reveal three things you probably didn't know about moving pianos long distance!
Myth #1: Pianos Are Impossible to Move Up and Down Stairs
One of the most prevalent myths we hear is that pianos simply cannot be moved in multi-story homes where they must be brought up or down stairs. Many customers think staircases are an impenetrable barrier and the piano will need to be hoisted through a window with a crane.
While moving a piano up or down stairs can be challenging, it is almost always possible with the right tools and techniques. Professional piano movers use specialty stair skids that allow a piano to safely ride up the steps on its back. For especially acute staircases, a technique called"legging" is used where the movers stand the piano upright and pivot it step-by-step on its legs.
While extra labor and time is required for staircases, a good piano moving crew always has the right equipment and know-how to make it happen. Don't let a few stairs stand between you and moving your piano. With a reputable company using proper procedures, pianos can viably be moved up and down multi-floor homes.
Myth #2: Moving a Piano Long Distance Will Damage It
Many piano owners cringe at the thought of putting their beloved instrument through a long-distance move. Visions of bounced around trucks and careless movers come to mind. However, transporting a piano across the country or overseas is entirely possible without damage when done right.
The key is using climate-controlled trucks and proper stabilization techniques. Acoustic pianos can be vulnerable to drastic humidity changes which cause the wood and tuning to destabilize. Professional piano movers use enclosed trucks with climate control and monitoring to maintain ideal conditions. Pianos are also strapped down firmly to prevent bouncing and shifting during
With proper climate control and restraints, the drive itself will not cause damage. Expert loading, padding, and handling on either end by seasoned piano movers further reduces risk. Things can still go wrong, but when done correctly long hauls do not inherently damage pianos. So don't let the driving distance alone deter you from moving your piano.
Myth #3: Professional Piano Movers Are Unaffordable
The specialty nature of piano moving convinces many owners they cannot afford professionals and must attempt to move it themselves. But the risks of using inexperienced movers for an awkward 500+ pound instrument often makes hiring pros well worth the cost.
Long distance piano moves do cost more than local moves given the increased mileage and labor. But the price is reasonable when considering the movers' expertise that reduces risk, specialized trucking needs, straps and padding, and difficult loading/unloading on either end. We always recommend getting quotes from multiple piano movers to find the best value.
The cost is also far less than repairing or replacing your piano if damaged during a DIY move. Securing your piano properly in the truck and navigating stairs and tight spaces takes extensive training. And if you get injured moving the piano yourself, those medical bills will dwarf any moving quotes.
While the cost is higher than moving furniture yourself, professional piano moving gets you quality assurance and reduced risk well worth the price. The cost is an investment in your piano's safe transport and arrival at its new home in flawless condition. Don't let budget concerns alone convince you not to hire professionals.
If you are considering a long-distance piano move, keep this myth busting information in mind. With the right movers and procedures, pianos can successfully be moved upstairs, cross country, and internationally without damage or breaking your budget.
Don't let myths about impossible staircases, guaranteed damage, and unreasonable costs stop you from relocating your piano. Professional movers have tools, climate control, and expertise perfect for the job. Let the pros worry about the logistics so your piano arrives safely.
At Modern Piano Moving, we pride ourselves on busting pianos, moving myths and providing worry-free long-distance relocation you can trust. Contact us today for your next long distance piano moving need!