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Here’s How To Move Different Appliances The Right Way

Understanding how to move appliances when packing up your home is crucial. This guide provides all the key information.

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Are you getting ready for your next moving adventure? If so, then there’s always going to be a lot to think about. For instance, you need to make sure that you are packing up your items the right way and in particular, your appliances. Every appliance is different and that means that you need to move them in different ways. Luckily, we’re here to help. Here’s how to handle the main appliances that you have around your home.

Fridge/Freezers

These appliances should be moved using straps or a commercial dolly due to the weight. Both a fridge and freezer should always stay straight and should not be tilted. If your fridge has an icemaker, you need to ensure that this is disconnected from the water supply before it is moved. You can speak to your handyman or plumber about this. You also need to ensure that there is no food or ice left in the fridge, particularly if the move is over a long distance.
Your movers should wrap your fridge using cardboard, shrink wrap, and moving pads.

Stove

To move a stove, it is recommended that you call a certified plumber. They will disconnect the gas hose to make sure that there is no gas leak. You must empty the stove of any pans or pots and any other items. Your movers should wrap the stove using the same materials as the fridge along with moving pads.

Moving your Laundry Machine

Laundry machines must be disconnected from both the drain and the water supply. This can be completed by a handyman, plumber, or a building super depending on whether you own your house or you are renting an apartment. You need to make sure that you drain the water before the laundry machine is loaded onto the truck. Similar to the fridge/freezer, it is important to ensure that the appliance is not tilted. You can use straps or a commercial dolly to guarantee this.

Washer & Dryers

If you have a washer\dryer that needs to be moved, first you will need to disconnect both from the vents before moving. then drain all water from the machine (using the water supply valve at the back.  also you could run a clean cycle once before disconnecting. and don’t forget to shut off the electricity in the house for safety.

Tips For Moving Smaller Appliances

Window AC

If you have a window AC system that is pointed towards the street, then it always needs to be handled with care. That’s why you should leave this to your moving team. They will understand how to accomplish this the right way. You also need to make sure that you drain the water before you move it. If you don’t do this, then it can leak out and damage the floor. Particularly, if you have hardwood flooring on your property.

Microwave

If a microwave is separate in your kitchen, it’s easy to move and quite a simple appliance to pack away. On the other hand, it may be attached to the cabinet as part of a built-in kitchen. If that’s the case, you need to make sure that you contact a handyman or a building super. At Roadway, we have a carpenter on our team who can complete this job for you. We just ask you to let us know beforehand so we can guarantee our expert carpenter will be available for your move.

Coffee Machine

A coffee machine must be emptied before it’s moved and packed away. This is another appliance that can be fitted into the cabinet of the kitchen. If you want to take it with you when you move, you need to make sure that you do call a handyman or carpenter. They will ensure it is removed the right way without ruining the kitchen.

Dishwasher

Do make sure that you drain the water from the dishwasher before moving it. You also need to make sure that there are no dishes inside as these will be damaged during the move. It does need to be disconnected from the water and drain supply. This can be quite complicated so it’s worth using a plumber if you are unsure.

Vacuum

You need to make sure to empty the dust bag first. If you don’t do this the dust could spread during the move. This is also why we recommend that you pack your vacuum separately in case a dust leak is an issue.

Small Appliances

If you have small appliances that need to be moved like a juice maker or waffle iron, we recommend you pack these in heavy-duty boxes. That way, you can guarantee that they won’t get damaged during the move.

Ceiling Fan

If you are taking a ceiling fan with you, this needs to be taken off the ceiling with the support of an electrician. If you choose to use our removal service, then we’re pleased to say we can provide an electrician to complete jobs like this for you.

Humidified Heaters/Air Purifiers

This needs to be wrapped up using moving pads and placed in separate heavy-duty boxes.

BBQ

If the BBQ has a gas tank attached to it, then this needs to be disconnected before the move. Movers can not take propane in their trucks as this is unsafe. The BBQ should be wrapped up and you need to use moving pads. It could also be worth building a custom cardboard crate for your barbeque. You should also clean the barbeque before the move.

TV’s And Monitors

You need to make sure that a TV or monitor is switched off several hours before the move. If you fail to do this, the screen could crack due to the differences in temperature between the house and the air outside. The TV needs to be packaged carefully to protect the screen and some TVs can not be tilted.

We hope this helps you understand how to move all your appliances safely, ensuring that nothing gets damaged during their relocation.

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