Moving With Appliances? -- You Need To Know These Prep Steps


Will you be moving soon? If so, you may have to get your appliances prepared for the move. Even if you plan to use a moving company, there are likely a few things you may need to do to ensure that the appliances are ready to be moved when it is time. 

Washers and Dryers

It is wise to shut-off the water in the laundry area or entire home. This is because you will need to remove the hoses that connect your washer to the water supply. You may need to look in your manual for the proper way to do this. Ensure that you request gas disconnection if your dryer requires gas for operation. The lids, cords, and doors of your laundry appliances should be taped to protect them from damages.


Clean your stove and oven thoroughly. If you leave grease on them, it can get on other items and damage them. Ensure that you remove racks, stove eyes and covers. Use utility tape to secure the door of your oven. You also need to schedule to have your gas disconnected if your stove is a gas appliance. 

Refrigerators and Deep Freezers

Everything will need to be removed from your refrigerator and deep freezer if you have one. Clean the interior and exterior. If you have ice accumulation, these appliances need to be defrosted in advance. You may have water spillage if you do not defrost them. This is because the ice will melt on its own during transit. Depending on the amount of ice, you could end up with damaged  property from the thawed ice. Ensure you unplug these appliances to prevent ice from reforming. You can use the cleaned interior of these appliances to store clothing, bed coverings, or other items that are not fragile. Do not replace the shelves or drawers until the appliances arrive at your new location due to the possibility of damages during transit. Secure the doors with tape. 

Small Appliances

Ensure that you disassemble small appliances such as microwaves, blenders, and toaster ovens. This will protect the individual pieces of these appliances from moving around during the move and potentially causing damage. For example, a microwave plate that is left inside a microwave on the turntable could get broken due to moving around inside the appliance during a move. You should also secure the electrical cords of small appliances with tape. Dangling cords can get damaged, and they could also cause someone assisting with the move to trip and injure themselves. 

A moving professional is a good resource to use for your move. They will know the correct steps to take to protect your property and perform the move swiftly. For example, the interior of washers need to be stabilized to prevent damages to the movable drums. 

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5 August 2016

Keeping Your Zen During Your Next Move

When my husband announced that we would be moving again for his job, I couldn't help but burst into tears. We had already moved three times in the past year and a half, and it was getting hard to make new friends. I was tired and angry, until he explained that he would be in charge of this next move and do a lot of the hard work. He also explained what benefits the move would come along with, which helped to calm me down. This blog is all about how I was able to stay calm during my many moves and the tips that have helped me along the way.