Preparing Your Appliances for the Move

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Before your major appliances can join the rest of your stuff on the moving truck, there a few things you need to do to prepare them for the journey. Follow these steps to help ensure your refrigerator, washing machine, dryer, dishwashers, and other important units arrive safe and sound at your new home.

  1. Refrigerator:

    plan ahead! Don’t forget to defrost, towel dry, and clean your refrigerator at least 2-3 days before moving day. This will help prevent a stinky, wet mess. Be sure to remove or secure all and drawers so they don’t shift during the move. If your unit has an ice maker, make sure you disconnect and drain the waterline.

  2. Stoves and Ovens:

    No need to bring baked on grime to your new house! If you are bringing your stove or oven to your new home, be sure to thoroughly clean it both inside and outside. Don’t forget to remove or secure the oven racks removed! Tape down the knobs and elements to ensure no parts are lost during the move. If you have a gas stove, make sure the gas is turned off before you start disconnecting the line and be very careful. If you’re unsure, call your gas company and ask for help.

  3. Washing Machine and Dryer:

    Washing machines and dryers need special handling and it’s a good idea to consult the owner’s manual for issues specific to your units, especially for the washing machine: you need to secure the drum so that it doesn’t get damaged. For both units, you’ll need to remove all of the hoses running to and from the machines so that they aren’t damaged. It’s a good idea to store them inside the washer or dryer drum so that they don’t get misplaced.

  4. Dishwasher:

    Don’t forget to empty your dishwasher! Unhook and pack all hoses inside the unit. Remove or secure the racks and utensil holders and tape the door closed.


  5. All Appliances:

    Make sure you unplug every appliance and secure the plug to the back using packing tape. Don’t let cords dangle or come loose! Don’t forget to tape all of the doors shut and secure the cords – a dangling cord could easily get ripped out during a move!

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