Moving Tips

How Movers Deal With Appliances

Large appliances are often heavy, awkward, and difficult to move. They usually also require some kind of un-installation. Although most moving companies require that all major appliances be prepared before they will move them, some do offer packing services that will prepare your major appliances for moving for you. Most movers charge an extra fee for this service, but you can be assured that the units will be working when they arrive at your new home.

Here are some tips, if you decide to do this on your own.

For most large appliances, it is best to contact the dealer for specific move instructions, or you can often refer to the owner's manual.

If you are moving a refrigerator, it is always best to unplug it for at least 24 hours prior to the move. After the freezer unit has defrosted, thoroughly dry all surfaces to prevent the chance of mildew from forming. Secure or remove all racks so they can’t shift during the move. Also if your unit has an ice maker, disconnect and drain the waterline.

If you’re moving a stove, it should first be thoroughly cleaned inside and out. Next, as with a refrigerator, the racks should either be removed or secured to prevent shifting during the move. If your stove is gas, make sure to shut off the gas before you start disconnecting the line. Flex Gas lines can be fragile and need special handling. It is also “best practice” to use new flex gas line when you re-install the stove at your new home. If you're unqualified to perform these tasks, it is best to call a qualified service technician for help. Make sure to also tape down the knobs and elements to ensure no parts are lost or damaged during the move.

Portable dishwashers need to be empty and the utensil holder/rack removed or secured. The door should then be taped shut.

Washer or dryer units need special handling. It is always best to consult the owner's manual for specific instructions. Remove all washer hoses and pack separately, either in a box, or sometimes you can put them inside the washing machine. For the washer, you will sometimes need to secure the drum. Please, consult the owner’s manual for complete instructions.

For all appliances, unplug each unit and secure the plug either to the back or side of the appliance using packing tape. Do not allow cords dangle or come loose.

Tape all appliance doors and lids shut before moving them.