Easiest way to Move Your Fridge

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So you’re ready to make the big move, huh? Over the past several weeks you’ve been planning, packing, and realizing you own a lot more stuff than you thought. Seriously!  Where did it all come from?! Before you know it, it’s moving day, and the truck will be there any minute. As you stare at your empty kitchen, you realize there’s one giant thing left to move. You’ve been dreading this for weeks, but it’s now time to face reality. Your 6 foot, 250 pound refrigerator has to somehow make it onto the truck. Ugh!  Don’t panic Move For Hunger is here to help! By following these guidelines you can make the process much easier and save your valuable time and energy.

  1. Take all the food out:

    Pretty self-explanatory. If there happens to be any non-perishable items you don’t plan on keeping do your best to donate them to a local food bank or hunger relief organization and help those in need!

  2. Unplug the power cord:

    This is easy so far. After you unplug the cord make sure to coil it up and tape it in place so it stays secure during the move. You don’t want to risk damaging it and making the entire fridge obsolete.

  3. Remove all other loose parts:

    Most refrigerators have shelves, storage areas, ice trays or other parts that can easily be removed. Take all of these parts out and store them safely in a separate area.

  4. Give it a few hours to defrost:

    If there is a significant amount of buildup you have to give it time to defrost. This does give you a great opportunity to clean the inside of the unit if you choose. It’s an added bonus to have a fridge that looks as good as new when you settle into your new place.

  5. Secure the doors:

    There’s nothing worse than having a door fly open and hit you while your trying to get it to the truck. Rope or flexible cords work best for this, but make sure you don’t use something that will scratch the exterior.Congratulations! You’re done with the prep work. Now it’s time get loose and start moving. Here’s the easiest way to go about it.

  6. Call your friends:

    Remember that favor you did for someone a few months back? Well this is a great time to cash in on it. Don’t let your pride get in the way. Moving a refrigerator is not a one-person job, and having one or two people to help goes a long way in quickness and efficiency.

  7. Use a dolly or handcart:

    In most cases a dolly with straps to secure the refrigerator is necessary. Any time where it will be moved up or down stairs you MUST use straps to ensure safety. The refrigerator should be kept as upright as possible during the entire process.

  8. Communicate:

    Communication is especially important when going up or down stairs to prevent serious injury. Again, don’t let your pride get in the way. The old saying “Better safe than sorry” definitely applies here.

  9. Carefully place and secure in truck:

    The final step! Remember to place the fridge upright. After you’ve put it where it’ll stay for the trip it’s important to secure it. The dolly is a great stabilizing tool, but if you cannot leave it strapped to the fridge other furniture or bungee cords can be used to brace and strap it in. Don’t forget to make sure none of these items will scratch the outside.

You made it! Now it’s time to pack up anything else that may still be left and head to your new place. You will have to unload the refrigerator and move it to its spot in the new kitchen, but you’re pretty much a pro at that now. And if you forget, all you have to do is look back at these guidelines. One last, extremely important, thing to remember is that you HAVE TO give the refrigerator some time to rest before plugging it back in. This allows the fluids inside to flow back into their normal place and will prevent any damage to the fridge. When it’s finally plugged in and back to cooling temperature it’s time to fill it up and let the refrigerator do its job.

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