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How to Move Heavy Appliances

Moving heavy household appliances are often left to the professionals but it is possible to do on your own! Moving.tips has offered a compilation of the industry’s best moving practices.

Before you move anything, stock up with the proper equipment. The most needed materials for moving household appliances include an appliance dolly, a couple of furniture blankets, many furniture straps, and sliders. Thick cardboard can be used to protect the floors of both your current and new home from unexpected, damaging falls. Use the cardboard to mark a path from the appliance in the old home to the exit and then again from the entrance of the new house to the new placement of the appliance. These materials not only ensure the safety of your appliance and your home but your own and your mover’s.

Refrigerators, Freezers

To move refrigerators or freezers, think ahead. The inside of appliances need to thaw so start that process by disconnecting the power supply at least 24 hours before your move. As they thaw, take everything out of them, make sure they are clean, and then pack these materials separately. After this, go ahead and clean all areas inside these appliances as they dry. When your fridge is nice and dry, secure the doors with rope or stretch tape. Coil and tape your power cord to the fridge so no one will fall. Wrap in moving blankets and secure with another rope or some moving straps. Carefully load onto the appliance dolly and secure it with its wheeled helper. Once you are in the new home, leave the fridge upright and unplugged. This allows the oil to stabilize in the cooling mechanism.

Washing Machines, Dryers, Dishwashers

Start by disconnecting the appliance from the power supply. Next, turn off the water supply and drain all hoses until completely dry. Secure the power cord and all hoses to the appliance with tape. If applicable, clean the interiors and any filters. Cover your appliance with thick moving blankets and use tape to ensure its protection. Transport your machine with care using a dolly.


Consider hiring a professional to disconnect and cap the gas line if your stove is a gas stove because if done improperly, it can be really dangerous. Tape the power cord to the back of the stove and remove any detachable parts to pack separately. Take extra care with any glass portions with a layer of bubble wrap. Use a protective blanket to wrap around the stove. Navigate safely around the house using your appliance dolly. Once in the new kitchen, consider having a professional reconnect your stove to the gas supply if a gas stove.

Follow these and moving these heavy appliances will become a breeze. If you need any supplies, remember that we offer packing supplies at a 50% discount! Read more here.

Source: Moving.tips

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