Tips For Moving Major Appliances Without Damaging Them Or Your Floors

Moving to a new home or apartment can be kind of a hassle, especially when it comes to your big ticket items. If your appliances are newer and more expensive than the ones at your new house, chances are you're considering taking the time to put them on the moving truck. Don't risk scratching up your floors and walls; instead, follow these simple tips to help you move your major appliances:

What You'll Need

Before you begin prepping and moving your major appliances, it's important to gather the right tools. These tools are critical because they will not only prevent a serious injury, but they will also prevent you from damaging your floors and walls. Here is what you'll need:

  • Furniture blankets – Furniture blankets or pads are made of heavy-duty material that will protect your appliances, floors and walls from damage. Look for blankets that are specifically designed to fit over appliances.
  • Heavy Duty Dolly – Purchase or rent a dolly that is designed for use on heavy items. For example, according to Do It Yourself, the average modern refrigerator weighs anywhere from 170 to 350 pounds
  • Straps – The straps will be necessary to keep your appliances on the dolly. In a pinch, a sturdy piece of rope will also work.
  • Gliders – Otherwise known as furniture sliders, gliders are placed underneath your appliances. The gliders allow you to move the appliances out of your home without damaging your wood, laminate or linoleum floors.

Moving Your Dishwasher and Washing Machine

Prior to moving your dishwasher and washing machine, it is important to prep them to prevent damage and the formation of mold. Here is how to prep your washing machine or dishwasher before you move:

  • Begin by unplugging the unit and removing any clothing or dishes. Next, disconnect the hoses on the back of the unit and drain them into a bucket.
  • If the hoses are older, dispose of them. Otherwise, place the hoses inside the unit. Secure the door of the dishwasher or washing machine with duct tape.
  • Check your washing machine's owner's manual to learn how to secure the drum. In some models, you will need to install a set of rods that will hold the drum in place. There are also kits available at hardware or home improvement stores that you can use to secure the drum.
  • Wrap a furniture blanket around the dishwasher or washing machine and carefully load them onto the dolly or gliders. Carefully remove the appliances from your home and place them on the moving truck.

It is important that your dishwasher and washing machine are dry when moving them to prevent mold formation. Avoid using either appliance for a few days before the move to allow them to dry out.

Moving Your Refrigerator

If you're considering moving your refrigerator to your new home, it is important to prepare it correctly. Here is how:

  • Remove any food from your refrigerator. Next, take out the shelves and wipe them down with a damp cloth. Clean out the interior of the refrigerator and freezer. Unplug the unit and leave the doors open to allow the refrigerator to dry out completely.
  • Place all of the clean drawers and shelving in a plastic bin. Locate the condenser, which is typically on the bottom or back of the unit and remove any dust with your vacuum's hose attachment.
  • Once the refrigerator is completely dried out, secure the doors with some duct tape and load the unit carefully onto the dolly or gliders. Secure the refrigerator on the dolly with furniture straps and slowly move it out of your home.

Relocating your appliances can be a big job, but worth it if they are newer and nicer than the ones at your new home. With a little preparation and the right tools, it is possible to move your major appliances without damaging your floors or walls. 

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