7 Mistakes to Avoid When Moving a Piano Cross-Country

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Pianos are sophisticated musical instruments that may have as many as 12,000 parts, of which 7,000 mechanical parts must be finely tuned to produce the best quality sound when the keys are played. Regardless of the type or brand, these instruments are heavy, bulky and in some cases odd-shaped, complicating the process of cross-country transport. The following is a list of avoidable mistakes when moving your piano.

1. Inaccurate Measurements

Moving a large piece of furniture, equipment or musical instrument requires accurate measurements. Even when you have contracted with professional movers, make sure that you or the movers’ representative has taken the actual measurements of the piano in its moving mode, which would include cover pads, bubble wrap, and security straps.

  • Standard upright piano – This type of piano is typically packed and secured as is because it does not have parts that can be disassembled.
  • Grand piano – Whether it is a baby grand or a parlor grand piano, remove and secure any panels and legs that can be disassembled for more secure packing.

2. Inadequate Knowledge of the Instrument

Your piano may have been passed down through several generations. When you don’t know enough about its design and construction, contact someone with expertise who can tell you which parts can be safely disassembled and which parts should receive more attention when transporting over a long distance.

3. Exerting Undue Stress on Certain Parts of the Instrument

Pianos are bulky, odd shaped and weigh upwards of 300 pounds for the smallest studio piano and as much as 900 pounds for a full-size instrument. It is almost impossible to keep the weight balanced even when transporting over short distances.

On long distance moves, the packing materials should provide grab handles at strategic points. Hump straps over the cover pads must be in the right position to allow movers to control and position the bulky instrument.

4. Use of Improper or Inadequate Moving Equipment

Some moving equipment is custom-made for pianos, and it is a mistake to use substitute material and equipment that may not provide adequate protection. Professional piano movers may provide:

  • Skid boards to protect flat surfaces
  • A piano dolly that may be part of the package until the piano reaches its destination. Never rely on the metal casters to move your piano if the distance exceeds a foot.

5. Choosing a Mover Based on Price Alone

Piano movers for cross-country transport should be experienced in this particular field. They should be able to provide references to prove completed jobs. If you decide to use a general or estate mover, ask them what they know about moving a piano especially if your instrument is a valuable heirloom piece. Check out this article for additional questions you may want to ask before hiring a moving company. Make sure the mover is licensed, bonded and insured. Consider buying moving insurance that will cover replacement cost or repair expenses should the piano be damaged in transit.

6.Failing to Consider Physical Obstacles in the Pathway

Consider non-movable obstacles at the point of origin and the destination.

  • Width of doorways and hallways
  • Vertical clearances of doorways, stair landings and hallways.
  • Stairway and stairway landing
  • Alternative portals in case the piano will not fit through doorways or passageways

7. Not Re-tuning after Unpacking

The piano will absolutely require re-tuning after delivery. Contact a professional who has experience with the type and brand of your piano, and prepare to re-acclimatize with your instrument in its new home.

Professional Packing Tips When Boxing Up Your Kitchen for a Move

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Moving is a lot of hard work, and packing up the kitchen can be tricky. There are numerous oddly shaped appliances and many items that can be broken. But if you’re looking for some tips to make packing like a pro a little bit easier, read on. Here are five tips from local movers in Houston for making your kitchen packing a breeze.

1. Store Like With Like Items

When you’re packing your kitchen, remember that you will also have to unpack the items when you get to your new place. For this reason, it’s wise to pack similar items together. Taking a stack of dishes out of a box is easier than trying to find one dish set amongst 15 boxes.

Packing like items together will also help you visualize where items will fit when you’re organizing your new kitchen. Finally, when you store similar items together, most of the time it will make packing easier and more compact.

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2. Get Strong Boxes, and Don’t Make Them Too Heavy

One of the biggest concerns that many people have when packing their kitchens is that an heirloom cookie jar or crystal pitcher will get broken or chipped. If you want to cut down on your fears, make sure that you have boxes that are strong enough to hold your dishes without the bottom falling out.

3. Use Protective Packing Materials

The newspaper is one very economical packing tool; you can even get free fliers at the grocery store or convenience store. For items that you would be especially sad to see broken, get some bubble wrap. Or, even better, see if you kept the original box and styrofoam.

4. Label

Labeling is a good technique for any room of the house that you are trying to pack, but in a kitchen, it’s worthwhile to break down the categories even further. When you’re packing your home, make sure that each room has a clear label that says which room the box goes in.

With the kitchen, there are so many different types of items that it’s worthwhile to label the pans separate from the China dishes. Not only does it make things easier to find when you’re unpacking, but it also lets you and anyone helping you move to know that certain items are breakable.

5. Packing Food

A couple of weeks before you move, start cutting down on the odds and ends that you buy. This will help you have less food to move later, But even if you cut down on the food that you buy, you’ll still have some items that need to be moved, thrown out, or donated. Moving is a great time to get rid of all the food that is past its expiration date. If you have anything that you don’t want that isn’t opened, donate it to a local food pantry like the Houston food bank. For items that you want to keep, put them in your cloth grocery bags.

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Most people hate packing the kitchen, but it’s not as difficult as you imagine. If you plan ahead, all of your items will make it through the move safely and undamaged. You’ll also have an easier time unpacking.