Moving your major appliances from one location to another takes a bit of mechanical experience and a decent amount of coordinated effort. If you are hiring the services of a top moving company, they will be doing most of the heavy lifting and loading, along with transporting your appliances from your home into the transport vehicle, and then unloading them safely into your new residence. However, the preparation of major appliances and other home furnishings is primarily your responsibility, and a very important task that needs to be scheduled before the move.
Remember that most quality moving services do not disconnect appliances, such as ice makers, washers, dryers, and refrigerators, nor do they reconnect them in your new residence. They also do not disconnect utilities, repair your appliances, or handle any wiring, plumbing, electrical or carpentry tasks. When you start to prepare your appliances for moving, avoid using any type of tape on the outer finish of the appliances because of the adhesive residues that can damage or mar the exterior.
Make sure to eliminate all traces of water or moisture from the insides of the refrigerator, dishwasher, or washer well before moving day. Depending on where your new home is, the transport routing may travel through cold environments where freezing temperatures could cause icing and damage an appliance.
It is a good idea to measure the dimensions of each of your appliances, as well as plan where you want them placed in the new home. This will also ensure the appliances will clear cabinets and fit into each preferred space. Also, you need to confirm that the area where each appliance is to be located will support its weight.
While planning the eventual placement of each appliance, it is wise to acquire some supplemental protection for your floors. If some of your appliances do not have rollers, get a few sheets of plywood handy for moving your appliances across these surfaces, especially if wheeled dollies are not readily available.
Preparation of Your Major Appliances for the Move
Giving your appliances a complete cleaning and drying, particularly the refrigerator, freezer, and stove are important, especially if they will be kept in storage for any long period of time. Any cooking grease left on or inside a stove will turn foul and sticky, as well as attract grime and dirt. Furthermore, any amount of dampness left in a warm, sealed off space inside an appliance could allow mold and mildew to develop, causing odor and stains that may be tough to eliminate.
Follow our blog for general guidelines for cleaning and servicing each of your major appliances. Check your owner’s manuals for additional directions or servicing tips.
Next week : Preparing your dishwasher and washing machine for a move.