A piano is very heavy, very large and irregularly shaped, all things that make moving them difficult. This his how movers do it.
IMPORTANT: This is an article about how mover’s handle a piano, not a how-to on doing it yourself. Moving a piano is tricky business and can be dangerous to both your piano and yourself. It is highly recommended that you leave it to those with the experience and equipment to do it properly.
1) In order for a grand piano to get through doors and not take up too much room in the moving truck, it will have to be placed on its side. The trick is how to do this without damaging the piano.
2) First the mover will prepare the piano by removing parts that are likely to be harmed in the move. These include the part that holds the music and the pedals. They will also remove the lid to the case. These parts will be wrapped separately to prevent damage.
3) The mover will lay a piano board, a special piece of equipment for moving pianos, next to the piano and lay some pads on top of it to protect the finish of the piano when the piano is placed on the board.
4) A grand piano is generally too heavy for even strong movers to simply pick it up and place it on its side. Therefore, the movers will gather around the piano and hold it up while one leg is removed. With one leg removed, the piano may be tipped over on to the piano board. This in particular is one of the areas where experienced movers are necessary, as both strength and finesse are necessary when tipping over the piano to avoid putting too much weight on the other legs and possibly breaking them.
6) The piano is then covered with pads and the whole piano is wrapped in plastic wrap to hold the pads tightly in place and protect the piano from dust and moisture.
8) Floor protection is usually necessary to avoid damaging floors when rolling the heavy piano.
And that how your mover moves a piano.