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How To Move Appliances Without Damage?

Appliances are the most difficult items to move location to location. It is very important to prepare the appliance before the move, so things go as smooth as possible! Please consider these tips for moving appliances:

Before you move the appliance, it must be unplugged and serviced.

Before your moving day:

  • Dry out refrigerators and freezers.

  • Do not use your dishwasher a couple days before moving. It must be clean and dry with the hoses disconnected. Keep the door open for a few days to make sure it is dry, then wrap the dry hoses in towels and packing paper and store them inside the dishwasher.


  • Clean stovetop completely to get rid of any grease – because it can easily attract dust and stain other things that it touches in transit.

  • If you have a gas range, you probably will need to have a qualified service technician disconnect it and secure the gas line prior to moving.

  • At your new home, you will also need to find a qualified gas installer to check the gas supply, connect the gas range safely and other gas appliances, seal the openings and light the pilot.

  • Before you move a refrigerator make sure it is very clean and dry inside to prevent mildew growth. Unplug the power before cleaning. Wash all the refrigerator’s removable parts.

  • Disconnect the water line if the refrigerator has an ice maker and cold-water dispenser.

  • Thoroughly clean the interior of the fridge and let it and all parts to dry completely before moving day.

  • Pack the loose parts, such as shelves and drawers, in a secure container.

  • Vacuum the compressor or condenser.

  • Empty and clean the evaporator tray - allow to dry completely as well.

  • At your new home allow the refrigerator to sit for a day before plugging it in so the oil in the compressor can settle.

  • Remove the glass trays in microwave oven, wrap them and pack separately in a moving box.

· Pack the microwave in the original box, if you have it; if not, use a well-padded moving carton. Large microwaves may be eligible to be pad-wrapped for the move.

· Make sure you don’t block the microwave exhaust vent when you install it in your new home.

Laundry room

  • Washer: Clean and dry the washing machine completely and disconnect the hoses. Drain all the hoses, dry them up and wrap the metal parts in towels. Keep the hoses inside the washer during the move and secure the tub inside the washer according to the manufacturer’s instructions. You can also hire a third-party service company to prepare your washer for moving and/or install it in your new home.

  • Dryer: Unplug the dryer and clean inside and the lint screen. Once at your new home, check the electrical requirements of your dryer before you plug it in.

Use these tips for your move to transfer home appliances safely.

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