Tips for Moving Large Appliances

If you are moving to a new home and are taking your large appliances with you, you will want to have a plan and prepare them prior to your move date. When packing a home, it is normal to feel stressed and overwhelmed, especially when it comes to large bulkier items. Below we have listed some tips that will help you plan and prepare your larger items to make your move go much smoother.

  1. Disconnect all of your appliances
  2. Defrost your refrigerator
  3. Turn off the water and disconnect your washer water leads, and dryer vent
  4. Deep clean your stove, if you have a gas appliance make sure you shut off the gas, prior to doing anything.
  5. Secure all cords

Disconnect your appliances prior to your move day

If your appliances are hard-wired or run off of natural gas, most moving companies will not disconnect them for you. If you do not feel comfortable doing it yourself, contact your gas company to disconnect it for you.

Your movers are not certified to handle these types of tasks, and we highly recommend getting an electrician for any and all appliances that are hard wired. If you feel comfortable doing it yourself make sure you turn off the power to those appliances prior to disconnecting.

Defrosting your refrigerator

A day or 2 prior to your move day you will want to disconnect your refrigerator and let it defrost. Make sure you put down some towels on the floor to catch any water that may leak from the defrosted refrigerator. By defrosting your refrigerator at least 24 hours prior to moving, this will help prevent water leaks on moving day.

You will also want to make sure you disconnect any water lines and make sure they are drained. Once the refrigerator has been defrosted you will want to clean the inside of it to keep it dry, as well as clean out the drip tray located at the base of the refrigerator.

Prepping your washer and dryer

If you are taking your washer and dryer with you, you will want to make sure the hot and cold water inlet hoses are in good shape, as well as the dryer vent hose. If they are, then you will want to turn the water off and disconnect the inlet hoses from the washing machine. Same goes for the dryer vent hose. Make sure you take them with you on moving day.

If they are in poor shape you will want to get a replacement kit from the manufacturer. Your moving company does not carry these spare parts so you will want to make sure you keep track of these items to avoid unwanted stress.    

Disconnecting your stove

If you have an electrical stove, it is as simple as unplugging it from the wall, securing the interior racks and getting it ready for transport. If you have a gas stove, you will want to call your gas company to come out and disconnect the stove. If you choose to do it yourself, make sure you turn off the gas line prior to disconnecting anything. Once the gas line has been disconnected, you will want to secure the interior racks for transport.

Secure all appliance cords

Once all of your appliances have been disconnected, make sure you secure each appliance’s respective cords, water lines, etc…to the back of the appliance. This can be done with packing tape. This will protect your movers from tripping hazards, damage to the cord, and potentially damage to the appliance.

Why Choose Royal Moving and Storage       

If you are planning an upcoming move, you need the professionals at Royal Moving and Storage. We specialize in residential and commercial moving services throughout Northeast Florida. We have one of the best reputations in the industry and are one of the largest movers in town. If you would like a free estimate or would like to discuss your upcoming move in more detail call us today at (904) 724-6683. One of our professional moving consultants will discuss your move in detail, provide you with valuable tips, and answer any questions you may have.

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