Moving and Storing Your Precious Piano

Pianos are an important investment, and you need to store it carefully if you no longer have room. Whether you have a large grand piano, or a traditional upright, you must take great care so it will last a lifetime or be passed on to your heirs. When you can no longer keep your piano in your home, then be sure to choose the right type of storage. Here is more information on how to store your piano and keep it in good condition until you can have it in your home again.

Choose a Piano Mover

Make sure you choose an experienced piano moving company. Don't try moving the instrument yourself. Pianos are not only very heavy, they can be easily damaged. Follow any special preparation instructions from the moving company.

Clean Your Piano

Cleaning your piano before storage gives it a better chance of coming out of storage in good condition. Clean the keys and the exterior with piano-safe polish and cleaner. Make sure you open the lid and clean the inside as well.

Protect Your Piano

Place a cloth keyboard protector over the keys and close the keyboard cover. Also, make sure your piano's lid is secured and locked, if possible. Check with your moving company to see if they can supply protective tarps and insulation for the move. If they don't, then cover the piano with insulated blankets and shrink wrap. For long-term storage, you will need to remove the shrink wrap.

Invest in Climate-Controlled Storage

Pianos, like other wood furniture, are sensitive to changes in temperature and humidity. Therefore, make sure you store your piano in a climate-controlled unit. High humidity and inconsistent temperature can permanently damage your piano. Some experts recommend piano owners acclimate their piano to household storage units before they actually move them. That means adjusting your home's temperature to match the storage area's conditions before the move. Ensure that your storage unit is large enough to accommodate your piano on its legs or upright. Do not try to squeeze your piano into a smaller space by storing it on its side. If you are storing your piano for the long term, visit it often. Keep it regularly tuned if possible. Cover the piano with a breathable cloth to protect the wood without accumulating moisture.

If you plan your piano move and storage carefully, your piano should last for many years. When you are ready to move your piano out of storage, then you may need to take some of these steps again. For more information about moving and storing your piano, contact a household storage facility for more information.