Make Your Move a Stress-Free Success

Make Your Move a Stress-Free Success

Tips For Moving Your Large Appliances

by Jenny George

It's easy enough to pack boxes of clothing and accessories and put them into a moving truck, but what about those big appliances like washers and refrigerators? They present more of a challenge, both in terms of getting them into the moving truck safely, and in terms of making sure they arrive to the new place intact. To ensure your large appliances have a good moving experience, follow these tips.

The Refrigerator

  • A refrigerator does not have to be unplugged for long to start developing nasty odors, so clean it thoroughly with a dilute bleach and water mixture, and then let it dry before closing the door and packing it.
  • Tape the door of your fridge shut during moving. This will prevent the drawers and shelves from sliding out and becoming damaged.
  • Always keep the fridge upright so the cooling agent stays properly dispersed in the coils. Don't lay it down in the moving truck or tip it on its side to carry it.
  • Hold the cord against the side of the fridge, and secure it with duct tape so it does not accidentally get stepped on or caught in something.

The Stove/Oven

  • Remove the burners and drip plates from your stove before moving it so that they don't fall off and break.
  • If you don't have time to thoroughly clean your stove and oven before moving, at least wipe away the crumbs. It does not take rodents long to find these little treats, and if you leave your items in a moving truck even overnight while dirty, you may have some unwanted visitors.
  • If you have a gas range, make sure it is disconnected by a professional so you don't risk a gas leak or fire.

Washer and Dryer

  • Leave the washer door open, and let it dry out for at least a day before it's time to move. This will keep it from developing mold.
  • Detach the hoses from the washer and dryer. Wrap them in towels to prevent them from rattling around, and stick them inside the machines.
  • If you have a side-loading unit, tape the door shut so it does not bang on anything or open and hit you while you're carrying the unit.
  • Empty the lint trap on the dryer before moving it, so you don't accidentally create a mess in the moving truck.
  • Never store these items on their backs – always set them upright in the moving truck so you don't damage the electrical components on the backs.

In addition to following the tips above, make sure you use rope or packing straps to secure your appliances once they're in your moving truck. With any luck, you'll pull into your new place with everything in perfect shape.

For more information, contact some moving companies in your area. 


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Make Your Move a Stress-Free Success

Moving to a new state is an exciting experience, but all the details that have to be taken care of can get a little stressful before all is said and done. Not only do you have to find a suitable new home for your family, but you have to get everything packed and safely transported to the new place. Then there are all the utilities to get turned off and back on again. Starting a new job and meeting new friends is yet another aspect of moving that can create some stress. But, you don't have to run around like a chicken with your head cut off in order to make your move a success. The moving methods found on this website are designed to help make your move easy, reliable, and successful in every aspect.