Alex is the founder of 9Kilo Moving, which he started to help people easily find and choose the right moving company to make their move as stress-free and seamless as possible.
He has spent over 20 years working in the moving industry, so he knows every aspect of the business and uses his knowledge to write about the industry and give moving advice.
Relocating to a new place is never an easy
task. Wouldn’t you get all stressed and tired worrying about planning your move
all through those sleepless nights? Right from packing the largest of your
possessions like your furniture to the smallest of items like shoes and books,
you have to take care of everything. To add up to that, packing your different
appliances surely isn’t an easy task.
Packing and moving your appliances can be really tedious as they have to be handled with care. Any teeny-tiny carelessness can cause your appliances to break or may even ruin and damage your house. Don’t know how to pack and move your household appliances? Well, that’s what we’re here for. So keep reading as we’ve listed out some tips that will help you prepare your household appliances for a move.
CALCULATE MY MOVE
Before you start panicking about moving your household
appliances, you first need to get an accurate count of the total number and
different types of appliances you possess. That’s when an inventory will help
you sort and list down your appliances according to their usage and importance.
Whether it’s your fridge, stove, dishwasher, dryer, or iron, you have to list
down everything on your checklist. Once you have your checklist, you can plan
and organize your move efficiently. Here’s what all you need to do before you
start packing your appliances:
One of the most important things you need to be mindful of
is knowing what all things you want to take along with you. If yours is a big
move, it can get really confusing and that’s when your inventory list will come
to your rescue. Just glance through your inventory and mark all the appliances
you want to move to your new home while discarding unused and unwanted ones.
If you have recently purchased some appliances, you can
consider moving them to your new home. Check each and every appliance and see
whether it’s in a working condition, and if you think you’ll be needing it in
the future, add it to your moving list. If your landlord doesn’t allow you to
keep anything behind, there’s no other option but to get rid of all your
appliances either by donation, recycling, or moving them to your new home.
Speaking of appliances which are old or not working properly, they can either be donated or recycled. You can approach various organizations like The Salvation Army, Goodwill Industries, Habitat for Humanity to donate your household appliances which are in good working condition. Otherwise you can check the local retail shops in your area or approach your appliance manufacturer and ask if they can recycle your item. If you’re lucky enough, they can even give you a discount on a new appliance for your new home.
Moving appliances is not an easy task and can really be
nerve-wracking. First of all, you’ve to sort out all your appliances and then
discard the ones you don’t wish to take along with you. To add to that, you
also have to pack each appliance individually as your appliances can be of
different shapes and sizes. All of this can get really frustrating especially
if you’re planning to do it by yourself. That’s why it’s best to hire
professional movers and let them do the job.
One of the perks of hiring professional movers to pack and move your appliances is that they already have experience in doing so. They may even suggest to you what precautions you need to take while packing household appliances. Also, most moving companies offer special packing materials for household appliances like specialty moving boxes to accommodate different kinds and sizes of items. Having said that, hiring professional movers to get the job done may come with an extra cost especially if you’re seeking packing services, but a huge burden can be lifted off your shoulders, and so, it’s definitely worth it.
If at all you’re on a tight budget and can’t afford professional moving services, you can always consult local movers or brokers who can provide you with partial moving services. You can either ask for packing services or essential supplies. For DIY moves, you can ask your family members or friends to help sort and pack your household appliances. Whether you hire movers or seek help from your friends, make sure you inform them beforehand just to confirm their availability.
Also See: Hiring Movers Vs. DIY Move
Before you pack your appliances, there are certain things
you need to take care of, like cleaning each and every appliance. You don’t
want to reach your new home just to find out none of your appliances are
working, right? That’s why you need to be extra careful when it comes to
cleaning and preparing your appliances for a move.
Ensure you have the following things with you when you start
sorting and cleaning your appliances:
You obviously wouldn’t want any dirt
or dust in your new home and so it’s important that you clean all your
appliances before moving. You’ll need a clean dry cloth to wipe off all the
dirt and dust off your appliances. If there are any fingerprints, smudges, or
stains on your metal appliances, then you can use a clean microfiber towel or
cloth to wipe it off.
Screwdriver: There are certain appliances like
your lamps, kitchen appliances, etc. that will have to be cleaned and
disassembled before you can pack them. So keep a screwdriver with you as you’ll
need it to disassemble certain parts of your household appliances.
Hand Gloves: A lot of things can go wrong,
especially when you’re packing your household appliances. That’s why you will
need to wear hand gloves to protect yourself from any kind of injuries during
your packing process.
Moving Blankets And Straps: Moving blankets can act as an added
layer of protection to protect your appliances from any kind of damage during
the move. Speaking of moving straps, you’ll need them to secure your appliances
when you place them on your dolly.
Appliance Dolly: You’ll need the assistance of an
appliance dolly to move and load your appliances onto the moving truck. So
depending on the number and size of appliances you need to move, choose a dolly
from your moving company. Otherwise, you can also rent a dolly from U-Haul.
Moving Boxes (Small, Medium, Large): You’ll need different types of
moving boxes to accommodate your different types of appliances. Just go through
your inventory and then decide how many boxes you’ll be needing. You can always
ask your moving company if they can provide you with specialty boxes to pack
Packing Paper: Make a mental note of purchasing
plain packing paper instead of a printed or colorful one to avoid any stains on
your appliances. You’ll need packing paper to wrap your appliances and fill in the
empty spaces in your moving boxes.
Packing Tape: When you pack your appliances in
their respective moving boxes, you’ll need packing tape to secure their flaps.
Also, certain appliances like lamps will have to be wrapped in packing paper or
bubble wrap and then sealed with packing tape before placing them in the box.
Twist Ties: There are certain appliances like
your lamps, kitchen appliances, etc. that have cords. To secure these cords
you’ll need twist ties. You can also use packing tape as an alternative instead
of twist ties.
Labeling Materials: To help your movers load the appliances
and separate the most delicate and fragile items from others, you’ll have to
label all your boxes. Make sure you have a permanent marker and stickers to
label all your appliances, that way unpacking becomes much easier when you
reach your new home.
Now that you have cleaned and prepared all your appliances,
it’s time to get started with their packing process. If you want your
appliances to reach your new home in one piece, you’ll have to take certain
precautions while packing. Just take a deep breath and follow our tips for
preparing the major household appliances for a move:
First and foremost, disconnect your refrigerator from the
main electrical supply. To be on the safer side, do this at least two to three
days before your moving day. Also, the refrigerator should be completely empty
when you’re packing it. If there are any food supplies still stored inside,
make sure you use them and clean the refrigerator inside out. Use a clean dry
cloth for cleaning and let the refrigerator dry for some time. Once it’s dry,
you have to carefully take out all the removable parts of the refrigerator like
the compressor, refrigerant, condenser, shelves, etc.
When packing the refrigerator, use moving blankets or furniture pads to wrap it up and don’t forget to secure it using ropes or moving straps. With the help of your movers or friends, carefully load the refrigerator onto the moving dolly and in a vertical position. While moving the dolly, keep an eye on the position of the refrigerator, as any slight movement or tilting might cause the compressor oil to leak.
After you’ve settled in your new home, make a mental note of keeping the
refrigerator unplugged for a minimum of 3 hours to avoid the compressor oil
from causing any damage.
For packing your washing machine, dryer, and dishwasher, you first need to unplug these appliances, keeping in mind that they are clean and dry. For that, you’ll have to switch off your water supply, disconnect and turn off all the hoses of your appliances. As the cords, hoses, and wires can easily get damaged during the move, you have to pack them separately in a small moving box. Otherwise, you can keep them secure with the appliances themselves, just make sure you are careful while handling these small parts.
Speaking of packing your washing machine, you’ll first have
to take care of the drum so that it doesn’t get damaged during the move. One of
the best ways to avoid that from happening is by reinstalling the drums. That
way there is no room for any kind of damage while transportation.
While packing your washing machine, dryer, and dishwasher,
wrap the appliances first in a moving blanket and secured them with packing
tape. Ask your movers or friends to keep these appliances in an upright
position on the moving dolly and don’t forget to secure the appliances with
moving straps or ropes.
You can go through the manual of your appliances and check for any kind of
specific instructions and precautions to be taken with respect to moving these
The first thing you need to do is make sure that the gas is
turned off before you start packing or cleaning it. Since this is one of the
riskiest tasks to do, we recommend you leave it to professional movers. After
you’re certain that the power is off, remove all the detachable parts of the
stove like the burner gates, rings, etc. and pack these parts separately. You
can first wrap them in moving blankets and then place them in the box.
Clean your stove inside out and be careful of the knobs and
power cord. You can tape the power cord at the back of the stove using packing
tape. Wrap your stove in moving blankets and secure it using packing tape.
Remember to be careful while moving it from your house to the truck, we
recommend getting help from movers as this is an appliance that needs careful
When you relocate to your new home, it’s best if you seek help from a
professional for reconnecting your gas supply. Since this is risky, we suggest
you avoid doing it on your own.
If you think that your job is done after cleaning the
appliances, you’re wrong. Before you place any appliance in the box, you have
to do a final inspection and check whether there are any loose cords hanging
out from the appliance. Also, don’t forget to check the other small parts like
wires, stove rings, etc., and see to it that they are properly sealed in their
respective moving boxes. Make sure that the lids and doors of all your
appliances are shut properly and secured with packing tape.
Before you place any appliance in the boxes, create a soft
base for it using crumpled packing paper, newspaper, or bubble wrap. After
placing the appliances in the boxes, check whether there is any wiggle room and
fill up the empty spaces with crumpled packing paper or packing peanuts.
Finally, don’t forget to seal the flaps of the boxes with packing tape.
The most fragile items can be labeled as ‘Handle With Care’ or ‘Be Careful’ as
it will help your movers to keep these appliances separately from your other
Whether your appliances are small or large, you have to be very careful while packing them. Your moving company may charge you an additional fee for packing appliances, but it’s definitely worth it as they get the job done in a professional way. Regardless of whether you’re seeking help from movers or doing it on your own, if you’ve read our tips for preparing household appliances for a move, you surely are ready for it.
Also See: Tips to Move your Refrigerator
How Do I Prepare My Appliances For
Clean all your appliances first using a clean or microfiber
cloth and then take out all the removable parts like cords, wires, hoses, etc.
You can pack the disassembled parts in a separate moving box. Since appliances
are fragile and delicate items, you should seek help from professional movers
to do the task.
How Do You Move An Appliance Before
Damaging The Floor?
First of all, avoid dragging your appliances on the floor.
The best way to protect your floor is by renting an appliance dolly and keeping
your appliances on it with moving straps to secure them.
How Do You Prepare A Refrigerator
Remove the power plug and clean the refrigerator using a
clean cloth at least 24 hours prior to the moving day. Also, don’t forget to
remove all the food supplies from the refrigerator. Place it on an appliance
dolly in a vertical position and secure it with moving straps or rope. Be
careful when you move it from your house to the moving truck and beware of
doors and any other obstacles on your way.
How Do I Prepare My Washer For
The first thing you need to do is disconnect the power and water supply to your washer. Make sure that you empty the washer off any clothes inside and clean it inside out. Don’t forget to clean the drum and let it dry out before you pack the dryer. Also, check if the hoses that supply water to the dryer are drained off the water inside them and packed separately. Even the main drain hose has to be emptied and cleaned properly.
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