Pianos are a popular musical instrument in many homes and can serve as a beautiful statement piece as well as a source of joy for music lovers. That said, people rarely ever think of the work involved in moving a piano from one place to another. Some pianos can even weigh over 1000 pounds! It’s safe to say that moving a piano is no easy feat. You will also need to consider the methods in which you choose to store the piano if you are planning on moving it to a storage unit or offsite location. Since you don’t want to risk damaging your precious musical instrument, it’s important to follow some basic rules when moving and storing it. Read on to learn some tips on how to do the job correctly so that you don’t end up breaking a sweat (or your back).
Choose a Climate Controlled Unit
Pianos and other musical instruments made out of wood are very sensitive to temperature fluctuations and humidity. This is why it’s important to invest in a controlled climate unit when storing your piano. A temperature-controlled storage unit will never get too hot or too cold, ensuring that your piano will not succumb to the environment and become damaged or warped. This is especially important if you plan on leaving it in storage for a longer period. Regardless, it’s a small price to pay for the peace of mind and safekeeping of one of your most memorable possessions.
Choose the Right Size
Pianos are often large and heavy, which is why it’s important to choose the right size storage unit. You need to store the piano upright and never on its side to ensure that it stays in good condition. Here at Jiffy Self-Storage, we offer storage units of various sizes and our Premium Storage for antiques and valuable items. This will make it much easier and convenient when choosing the right size unit to house your piano.
Security and Alarms
Another thing to consider when storing your musical instruments is the type of security in the storage facility. Choose a storage facility and unit that is well lit to deter theft and has cameras, monitored fire systems, and flood damage control. At Jiffy Self-Storage, our Premium Storage units are equipped with individual alarms (in addition to the building alarms) so that they will be triggered if someone accesses your unit without using the passcode to deactivate. When storing an item such as an expensive piano, it’s important to consider safety and security as a top feature in a storage unit.
Overhead Doors for Easy Access
Another useful feature in our Premium Storage units is the additional overhead doors, which allow ease of movement when loading and unloading. This is especially helpful when manoeuvring a piano, which is large, heavy, and awkward to handle at times.
Call a Professional
When moving your piano, it’s best to hire a professional mover, so you don’t risk hurting yourself or damaging your piano. Keep in mind that moving a piano will take special equipment and more than one person. Never lift a piano by the legs, as they can be very fragile. The piano will have to be secured in the moving truck properly, using wood planks for level flooring if necessary. Ultimately, your best bet is to contact a piano moving company that will come equipped with the resources and necessary dollies, planks, and moving straps. Before the move, it’s also important to take protective measures such as closing and locking the keyboard lid, as well as wrapping the piano with blankets or padding and then securing it with packing tape.
Clean and Cover
Once you’ve got your piano into the storage unit, some of your last steps will be to clean it thoroughly so that it stays in great condition for the long haul. Use a piano polish on the wood surfaces and a soft damp cloth gently on the keys. Finally, cover your piano with a breathable cotton sheet to protect it from the elements and dust.
Tune and Enjoy
When your piano finally comes out of storage for use again, it will need to be tuned professionally. This is because, during the moving process, it is sensitive to any small bumps and can easily change in tune. Once you move it to its final destination, give it a few weeks to acclimatize before having it tuned again. Don’t worry; you’ll be enjoying your piano like brand new in no time!
Now that you know how to properly move and store your precious piano, you can rest assured that you will be able to enjoy it for many years to come. Taking the extra time and precautions to ensure your piano is moved properly and with minimal risk will be well worth it in the long run. For more information on instrument storage and climate-controlled self-storage, please call Jiffy Self-Storage at 416-74-JIFFY (54339) or contact us here.