Quick Tips for Moving Major Appliances
When our movers arrive to the scene, you want your home ready to go. One thing you can prepare ahead of time is your appliances. Check out these quick tips for preparing your appliances for a move. Feel free to contact us at any time with any questions you may have.
1: Consult Your User Manuals
Try to locate a copy of your user manual for you appliance. Appliances vary greatly depending on the make and model, so having your user manual will help to ensure you don’t miss any steps in readying your appliance for the move ahead. Lost your manual? Check out this handy website for assistance in finding a new owner’s manual: Appliance 411
Your appliances will need to be fully disconnected before the move.
- Refrigerators: Unplug and defrost at least 24 hours before the move. Disconnect any water lines if you have an ice maker. Be sure to drain them.
- Stoves: Unplug and disconnect gas lines if applicable. Be extremely cautious with gas lines and be sure your gas is turned off before you attempt this. If you feel at all uncertain, contact your local gas company to ask for help.
- Washers & Dryers: Disconnect all the lines to your washer and dryer. Detach all hoses and pack them separately. Many washers and dryers have very specific instructions for moving, so consult your owner’s manual before moving.
3: Clean Thoroughly
Take the time to clean all your appliances thoroughly before moving. Your refrigerator will breed mold and mildew if you do not clean it well. This will also prevent bad odors from building during the move.
Secure the doors and cords on your appliances. Tape doors shut and secure the cords against the back of the appliance so they are not dragging or getting caught during the move. Take out any shelves in your fridge that may shift during movement and secure these. Tape up the knobs on your stove so they do not get lost in the move.
Good luck with your move and remember to contact us at any time if you need help preparing your appliances for a move!