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Prepping Appliances and Furniture for Moving

If you’ve hired a moving company to handle your move and you plan on moving your appliances such as your stove, refrigerator, or washer, you will need to properly prepare these appliances so they can be moved safely.
Luckily, preparing your appliances for a move is not a difficult task, but it is a crucial one. If you don’t correctly prepare your appliances, you may find they are no longer working when you unpack them at your new location.

What Supplies Do I Need to Prepare My Appliances?

The supplies you will need include:

  • Household cleaner
  • Packing tape
  • Screwdriver
  • Wrench
  • Cleaning gloves or work gloves

In the next steps, we will instruct you on how to use these supplies to properly prepare your appliances.

Steps to Take to Prepare Your Appliances for Moving

Call the Manufacturer or Consult the Owner’s Manual

For any of your major appliances, you can contact your manufacturer or dealer for moving instructions for that appliance. You can also consult your owner’s manual if you have one available. This will help ensure that you take the proper steps for each specific appliance.

Unplug Your Refrigerator

This is the next step on the list because you should have your refrigerator unplugged at least 24 hours before moving it. This will allow you time to dispose of/ find alternate storage for any perishables and clean it thoroughly. Take out the racks and pack them separately or secure them within the refrigerator, so they don’t move in transport.

Allow the freezer to defrost and then clean and dry all the freezer surfaces. This will help to prevent odors or mildew from growing. If you have an ice maker built-in, disconnect the water line and allow it to drain fully.

Empty Your Dishwasher

If you plan to move your dishwasher, you will need to empty it of any dishes or silverware. You also need to remove the utensil rack and pack that away separately. If needed, be sure to clean the dishwasher. We recommend that you run a cycle and then allow the unit to dry with the door open. You will then need to tape the door shut.

Prepare Your Washer and Dryer

Before you start disconnecting and preparing these units, you will need to contact the manufacturer or refer to your owner’s manual for proper instructions. Be sure to remove all the hoses and pack them in a box. They can also be placed in the dryer or washer cavity for the move. Be sure to secure your washer drum to prevent any damage.

Prepare Your Stove

Clean your stove inside and out and remove the racks or securely attach them. For those with a gas stove, make sure the gas is turned off prior to disconnecting the gas line. Be very careful when handling your gas line. If you are unsure about disconnecting it, be sure to contact your gas company for assistance. You should also tape down the elements and the stove knobs to prevent losing them.

Additional Steps to Take for Appliance Preparation

When securing your appliances, you will also want to:

  • Secure and organize your cords. Unplug each appliance and secure the plus to the back with tape.
  • Tape all lids and doors shut. This includes checking that all doors, cords, extra screws, and nuts are secured for moving.

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At Gardner Moving, our professional movers can help you move all of your important items from kitchen appliances to furniture. We are skilled in handling moving these special items and ensuring they arrive at your new home in working order. Contact us today to learn more!

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March 8, 2022

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