Step-by-step guide to prepare appliances for a move

If you need to move kitchen appliances such as a fridge, stove, dishwasher, and washer and dryer, they’ll insist that these major appliances are prepared before the movers arrive on moving day.  Most movers offer a professional service that will prepare major appliances for you for an extra moving fee. While it may seem pretty simple to prepare your appliances for moving, if it isn’t done correctly, you may find units not working when they arrive at the new destination. Today OZPacking experts share the complete guide to prepare major appliances for moving.

1. Contact the Manufacturer or Dealer

For all major appliances, contact the dealer for specific move instructions or refer to the owner’s manual if you have a copy.

2. Clean and Prep the Stove

The stove should be thoroughly cleaned inside and out with the racks removed or securely fastened. If you have a gas stove, make sure the gas is turned off before you start disconnecting the line and be very careful. Gas lines can be fragile and need special handling.

3. Empty the Dishwasher

Dishwasher units need to be emptied and the utensil holder/rack removed and packed separately. Tape the door closed.

4. Unplug the Fridge

The refrigerator should be unplugged at least 24 hours prior to the move.

Dispose of all perishables. Once the freezer unit has defrosted, thoroughly clean and dry all surfaces and removable containers to prevent mildew and odors from forming. Remove all racks or secure them so they don’t shift during the move. If your unit has an ice maker, disconnect the waterline and make sure it’s completely drained.

5. Prepare the Washer and Dryer

Washer and dryer units need special handling. It’s a good idea to consult the owner’s manual or contact the manufacturer.

Remove all hoses and pack separately in a box or place them in the washer or driver cavity for safe keeping. For the washer, you’ll need to secure the drum. Again, consult the manual for thorough instructions.

6. Secure Cords

For all appliances, unplug each unit and secure the plug to the back using packing tape. Don’t let cords dangle or come loose.

7. Pack Up

For all appliances, if you choose, pack lightweight, unbreakable items in empty caverns, such as in the refrigerator crisper or the oven. Blankets, pillows, stuffed animals, chair cushions or clothing can be stored and moved this way. Simply protect the items by wrapping them in a plastic garbage bag.

8. Tape all Doors and Lids Shut

Make sure all doors, cords, extra nuts or screws are taped and secured before moving.

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