Washing machines, dryers, ovens, refrigerators, freezers, and dishwashers. These are the everyday appliances you can find in almost every home. If you’re moving in the future, you’ll soon discover these items require special preparation before they’re transported. If you hired a reputable mover, they can offer preparation guidance.
Make sure to follow these five helpful steps to get started:
Real Estate Agreements
Some appliances might be included in the sale or purchase of your home(s). Talk to your realtor and make sure everyone is on the same page. If you find that appliances are staying at the new home but you’re bringing your own, you can ask your moving company to either (1) dispose, (2) drop off to charity and/or (3) move to another room, such as a basement or garage.
Take measurements at both homes to make sure hefty appliances will fit through doors and hallways. If you run into an issue, talk to your moving company. In most instances, they’ll have a plan B available, such as rigging or finding an alternative route.
For your kitchen appliances, make sure they’ll fit between cabinetry.
At the new home, check electrical outlets. If you notice the plugs don’t match, contact an electrician before or after the move.
Make & Manufacturer Instructions
Every appliance will have a set of moving instructions in its owner’s manual. You should follow these instructions to a T. Try to do this about three to four weeks in advance in case you’ll need to hire a technician or purchase shipping supplies.
Moving companies do not carry shipping bolts or stabilizers. They will bring hand trucks, straps, moving blankets and industrial stretch wrap.
If you misplaced your owner’s manual, visit Appliance 411 or call your manufacturer.
If you’re uncomfortable handling the preparations on your own, you might want to hire an appliance technician. We personally recommend contacting a technician, or your gas company, if gas lines need handling.
A technician will help you with the following services: disconnecting and capping off gas or water lines, disconnecting ice makers and/or stabilizing a washing machine drum. Once you’ve made your decision to call a professional, make sure the appointment gives you time to empty, clean and dry the applicable appliances.
Cleaning and Drying
As a rule of thumb, your appliances should be unplugged, emptied, dried and clean. Any loose parts or pieces must be packed away. Your mover can pack loose items, or you can choose to pack yourself. If you pack on your own, mark the box clearly so important parts don’t get mixed with other boxes.
We compiled a breakdown below:
With these tips, you’re another step closer to an easier moving day! While moving yourself might seem easy, you should hire a professional mover to handle heavy appliances. At the end of the day, your wallet, property and sanity will thank you.
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