Appliances Unplugged – How To Move Major Appliances

by Editor on May 31, 2013

Washer and Dryer.

Moving a couch or another piece of furniture is relatively easy. There isn’t much prep work and risk associated with moving these items from place to place. However, most major appliances require their own set of preparations and guidelines when you have to transport them from one place to another. While it might seem as simple as unplugging the appliance, it never is. If you don’t prepare your appliances properly for relocation, you could face problems with those appliances working once they get to your destination. Here is a simple guide to follow when preparing appliances to be moved.

1. Clean all appliances.

One of the number one tips you’ll get is to always clean whatever you are packing first and foremost. The same must be done with major appliances. You don’t want to bring odors with you to your new residence. If you don’t properly clean your appliances, you just might bring a few smells with you. All appliances should be cleaned and dried properly. This will prevent mildew and odors from forming once the appliances make the big shift.

2. Seek professional help for unplugging.

It might seem pretty straightforward to move appliances. However, you can’t just unplug your dishwasher, washer, dryer or gas stove and go on your merry way. Moving appliances often involves unplugging water and gas lines. You need to consult a professional or your manufacturer’s technician in order to unplug the appliance correctly. If you don’t know what you are doing and try to unplug gas lines and water lines all by your lonesome, you could face dangerous consequences. It is a good idea to consult moving companies that have experience in unplugging appliances, as well. If you are just moving a refrigerator, chances are you might not need professional help. A refrigerator merely needs to be unplugged for at least 24 hours before a move in order to defrost.

3. Remove shelves and racks.

Most appliances come with shelves and racks that will no doubt move around when you move. You shouldn’t just leave these in the appliance, for they might get damaged or broken in the move. It is always a good idea to remove all shelves and racks before you move. At the same time, perhaps one of the best packing tips you can get is to label these racks and shelves so that you know where they go once you arrive to your new residence.

4. Tape doors and lids shut.

You don’t want your oven door flying open when you are moving. A long-distance moving company generally will advise you to tape down all doors and lids on your appliances. It is an important step, as you don’t want anything to break in the move. This rule also applies to cords. Cords should never be dangling from the appliances in a move. Not only is it unsafe if someone should trip over them, but it could also damage the appliances electronically. Before you hand off your appliances to movers, be certain that all doors, lids and cords are taped down.

About the Author

Sophie works as a consultant on household moves. She is the source of a wealth of tips on successful relocation, and is happy to let others in on the inside secrets to a great, stress-free move. She found lots of helpful information at

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