Moving a Piano or Organ? Your Questions Answered

As we’ve mentioned on our piano and organ moving page, the process of moving a piano or an organ is both a science and an art. Not only are these instruments incredibly heavy, but they are also extremely fragile. It takes more than strength and finesse to move them. Below we have provided our most frequently asked questions about moving pianos and organs.

What types of pianos and organs can be moved?

Any type of piano or organ can be moved. Specifically at Burrows Moving, we have moved spinet pianos, console pianos, studio upright pianos, big upright pianos, player grand and upright pianos, electronic pianos, small baby grand pianos, large baby grand pianos, large parlor grand pianos, and even larger concert grand pianos.

What is the process of moving a piano and organ?

When we move a piano, most of the work is through preparation. The first step is to sufficiently wrap the piano with our special padding and covers. The second step is to remove the legs of the piano through a carefully crafted process that has been perfected by the moving team over time. The third and final step is to place the piano or organ on a cart and/or hoist the instrument as necessary. The above process is very much dependent on the the type of piano, the moving route, and the circumstances of the moving environment.

When should you get a piano tuned after a move?

A piano needs to get acclimated to its new environment for a period of at least two weeks before it should be tuned. The conditions of flooring, windows, sunlight, air conditioning, humidity, and other interior surroundings affect the function and sound of the instrument. Therefore you must make sure to wait at least two weeks before finding a professional piano tuner.

How easy is it to find a piano or organ mover in Chicago?

Professional piano and organ movers require years of experience. By years, we mean at least 10 dedicated years of a myriad of different piano and organ moves. Burrows Moving currently employs 15 of the most experienced piano and organ movers in Chicago, with several of them having 20 or more years of piano and organ moving experience.

The safest and easiest way to move a piano or organ is through professional and experienced movers who have a proficient knowledge and background with moving pianos and organs. Fortunately, companies like Burrows Moving in Chicago, is able to provide these services to you. Give them a call to move your piano or organ today.

How to Move Into a High Rise Apartment in Chicago

In Chicago, one of the most common types of residences are apartments or condos in high rise buildings. While there’s a myriad of high rises gracing the Chicago skyline already, more are being built every year to meet the city’s demand. This means more moves into high rise buildings. However, it’s a different (and slightly more difficult) experience than moving into an apartment that is closer to the ground. Whether the move will be done through stairs or an elevator, the following tips are provided to those looking to move into a high rise building in Chicago. 

  1. Prepare to take less with you. Usually when moving into a high rise apartment, depending on the size of the apartment, you will likely have limited space for storage or furniture and belongings that fit better in larger homes and spaces. Taking less stuff also means fewer trips up and down the stairs or elevator! Prior to moving, sort through all of your belongings and either donate, sell or throw out what you no longer need or want. If you’d like to keep some larger items, Burrows Moving & Storage provides storage as well.
  2. Get help or a luggage cart. Carrying boxes up the stairs and in between floors is not only dangerous but exhausting. Call upon a friend or two to help you pack, move and unpack. Enlisting friends and family for moving day not only provides extra eyes for safety and helpful hands for support, but they can also help to keep you sane amidst the chaos! If your building has an elevator, an additional support will be luggage carts. Rent or borrow one for the day. Take advantage of the elevator and load up your cart with as many boxes and bags as possible during each trip.
  3. Hire a moving company. Moving up from the ground floor has its hassles and headaches that only moving companies know how to manage. A qualified and knowledgeable Chicago mover will have plenty of experience moving people into high rise buildings. Moving companies, like Burrows Moving & Storage, know how to pack, carry and re-assemble large furniture and boxes in a manner that is not only organized and quick, but also efficient and safe! This makes moving into a high rise apartment in Chicago much easier for you. 

The purpose of these tips is aimed at providing you with a seamless and stress-free move. High rise buildings, with all of their amazing amenities, have their complications associated with moving, especially due to the varying amount of floors between the ground and your new apartment. By preparing to take less with you, getting help and a luggage cart, and hiring a moving company, you’ll enjoy the moving experience and be able to start living in your new high rise apartment in no time!