Pianos are a large instrument, so large that they become the centerpiece of whatever room that you keep them in. However, despite their size, pianos are also fairly fragile, as any damage to the body of a piano can severely alter the finely tuned sound that they produce. Therefore, when you are planning to move to a new home, you need to take the utmost care to ensure that your piano is properly prepared so that it will not suffer any sort of damage while in transit.
What You'll Need
Before you get started, it's a good idea to gather all the tools and materials that you'll be using. You'll need a screwdriver, packing blankets, painter's tape (other types of tape will leave residue), and plastic wrap. All of these items can be found at most moving and storage supply stores.
Packing a Piano
First things first, you need to remove the casters from your piano, if you have them installed. The casters are the small wheels at the end of the legs of the piano. While these allow for you to move your piano around slightly, they are at risk of breaking off when moving to a new home. Simply unscrew them using the screwdriver, one at a time: it's a good idea to put something underneath the piano to support its weight while you're working.
Be sure to keep the casters together in a plastic bag so that you're able to easily reattach them once you're done your move.
Then, you'll want to close the keyboard lid to prevent the keys from becoming damaged. If possible, lock the lid shut: if not, secure it using painter's tape. Don't worry about applying the tape directly to your piano's surface: painter's tape won't leave residue or damage the finish.
Next, you'll want to wrap the piano in at least two layers of moving blankets. Use the painter's tape to secure the blankets both to the piano and to each other. Then, you'll want to wrap the entire piano and blankets in plastic wrap. This will prevent any water from reaching your piano while in transit.
Finally, all you have to do is make sure that you have cleared a path out of your home for the movers to take your piano out to the truck for you. Make sure that the piano is one on of the first things moved and that nothing is packed on top of it to reduce the risk of damage to an absolute minimum. For more information, contact companies like Big Sam Moving & Storage.