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Moving Appliances like a Pro

by Jun 7, 2017

Everything about your move is going smoothly. You look on your work with an acute satisfaction, gazing across the sea of cardboard and bubble wrap, eager to look on your new kingdom. That wardrobe bowed to your rule and that huge pile of clothing could do nothing but submit itself to your superior packing knowledge. Suddenly, you hear a strange noise from the kitchen. It is the subtle hum of some horrible beast with breath like ice and the stature of a giant. The noise grows louder and louder until it is all you can think about. It is joined by the metallic racket coming from the laundry room, a manic monster that wants nothing more than to ruin your journey. Walking slowly to meet the creatures, you fall to your knees as the refrigerator, stove, and washing machine tower over you with a menacing disposition. Allow me to escort you to the one tool that will vanquish them all: these helpful tips that will make moving home appliances easy and straightforward! These appliances can be irritating for your move, not just because of their size and weight, but because they are frequently overlooked when moving strategies are crafted. Follow me on this little side quest so you can be prepared to take on those appliances with elegance and ease.

First, a few supplies for your venture:

Moving blankets! Make sure to get several so that you can provide protection for those unruly foes. They will certainly appreciate it in the short and long term, and dings on your appliances tend to make a bad impression on guests. We provide moving blankets that can be delivered with the storage unit.

Gliders may be needed! If you happen to have wood floors, this will be a life saver. Push the appliances on the glider and move it to an area where it can be loaded easily onto a dolly. It is ideal for short distances.

An appliance dolly is important! Unless you are a professional weight lifter or know telekinesis, these appliances aren’t going anywhere without an appropriate dolly. Luckily, you can find good ones for sale at home improvement stores, or you can rent one (we have these available as well!).

Now that you are all prepped, let’s get into the mechanics:

The Stove (or the fire breathing behemoth and scorcher of meals)

This appliance can be dangerous if not approached with the correct set of eyes. You may want to consider getting a professional to disconnect the stove, as messing with the gas line could spell disaster. Make sure it is unplugged and the cord secured, then remove all the racks and wrap them in blankets or bubble wrap before storing them. Place bubble wrap or moving blankets over the top to protect the surface during the move (scratched up ovens are not particularly appealing when entertaining). Just take it slow because the cube-like shape will make it difficult to navigate around turns. When it is at the new home, have a professional reconnect it.

The Fridge (or the big-bellied frost giant of abundance)

First things first, disconnect the fridge 24 hours or more before you plan to move it. It is probably a good idea to use up all your food by this time, but if you do happen to have leftovers, store them away in separate containers. Take out all the innards and store them with some blankets or something similar; you may also want to use this time to clean out your fridge thoroughly (and get rid of that cool-aid stain you’ve been ignoring for a while). Wrap the whole thing up in moving blankets and load it up on the dolly. Make sure to keep the thing upright as tipping it may cause compressor oil to get inside the cooling mechanism, damaging the appliance. After the move is over, let the fridge rest for a few hours so the oil has time to sit.

The Washer (or the aquatic vortex of clothing-color unification)

Like a broken record at this point, disconnect the appliance from the power and turn off the water supply. Let the hoses drain and make sure that no water remains inside the washer. Secure the cords and hose and run a dry cloth along the inside of the washer. There are probably some transportation rods that came with the machine, so reinstall those so that the drum is fixed during transport. Motion could cause the drum to get damaged. As with the other appliances, wrap it in a moving blanket and move it out with a dolly.

Simple enough. Go forth and conquer the appliance creatures that threaten your kingdom!