The task of moving all of the large appliances in your home can be one of the most physically and mentally challenging aspects of the entire moving process. Every year, 1 in 6 Americans move; unfortunately, not all of them know how to move large appliances properly. In order to make sure that you can move all of the large appliances without any injuries or damage to the home, certain precautions are highly important to undertake. By keeping the following tips in mind, you can ensure that large appliance moving doesn’t have to be any more of a trial than necessary.
Consider the nature of the large appliance itself
When planning to move large objects in the house, the first things to come to mind will generally be things like drawers and beds. It’s important to recognize that large pieces of furniture are fundamentally different from large appliances, and as such, special precautions need to be taken in order to undergo the move safely. A refrigerator needs to be disconnected from its power supply for at least 24 hours before the move.
In addition to the very nature of the large appliance itself, you should also make a point to think about the condition of the object itself. Generally speaking, new appliances (or those that have been purchased relatively recently) will be a better idea to move than the appliances that are outdated and may not be worth the cost of relocation.
Have dollies and gliders on hand
No matter what kind of large appliances you may have, there are certain things that are essential to have on hand. In all scenarios, an appliance dolly will generally be necessary. The wheeled dolly to remove a great amount of the risk involved in picking up the large appliance and leaving it at the mercy of gravity.
In addition to appliance dollies, you’ll also want to have sliding gliders that can help make it easier to move large appliances across hard wood floors. Gliders can be used to easily transfer the appliance inside to the dolly outside.
Make absolutely sure that all cords and detachable parts are disconnected
Washers, dryers and dishwashers should all be completely disconnected and drained. The power cords of stoves should be taped to the back, and all detachable parts should be removed and packed separately.
When it comes to properly moving large appliances, physically moving the appliances themselves should generally be the very last step of the process. Far too many people make the mistake of simply trying to strong-arm the appliance out of the room without taking the necessary preliminary steps, which introduces all kinds of potential hazards. Make sure to never move any appliances before taking the above pointers into consideration, and if all else fails, don’t hesitate to invest in the help of a professional moving team to make the process swift and painless.