Packing Major Appliances

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Packing Major Appliances

Usually moving companies insist on all major appliances been prepared prior to their arrival and many of them will offer a professional service that will get the major appliances ready for you for an extra fee. Though you may think it’s pretty simple to prepare your appliances for moving, if it isn't done correctly, you may find your units not working on arriving at the new destination. So if you decided to prepare them yourself, just try to follow this guide so they're ready to go when you are.

First of all, you should contact the dealer for specific move instructions or refer to the owner's manual if you have a copy.

Unplug the refrigerator at least 24 hours prior to the move. Take out all perishables. On defrosting of the freezer unit, carefully clean and dry all surfaces and removable containers to prevent mildew and odors from forming. Take away all racks or secure them so they don't shift during the move. In case there is an ice maker in your unit, disconnect the waterline and ensure it's completely drained.

Your stove should be cleaned inside and out. You may remove the racks or securely fasten them. If your stove is a gas one, check the gas is turned off before you start disconnecting the line and be extremely careful. You may need special handling with gas lines as they can be fragile. Call your gas company and ask for help. Fix with tape the knobs and elements to ensure no parts are lost during the move.

The units of the dishwasher should be emptied. Its utensil holder/rack needs to be removed and packed separately. Fix the door closed with tape.

Remember that washer and dryer units need special handling. Consult the owner's manual or contact the manufacturer. Take off all hoses and pack separately in a box. The empty spaces in the box should be filled with packing popcorn or cushioning objects (towels/pillows). You'll need to secure the drum of the washer. So, firstly, consult the manual for thorough instructions.

The next tips concern all appliances - unplug each unit and secure the plug to the back using packing tape. The cords should not dangle or come loose.

Pack lightweight, unbreakable items in empty caverns, such as in the refrigerator crisper or the oven. Keep in mind that blankets, pillows, stuffed animals, chair cushions or clothing can be stored and moved this way.

Just protect these items by wrapping them in a plastic garbage bag.
Make sure that all doors and lids are taped shut.

Here is the list of what you may need when packing your major appliances: hot water and household cleanser, cleaning gloves and packing tape.