February 28,

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Moving with Major Appliances: Essential Tips for a Smooth Move

Moving with Major Appliances: Essential Tips for a Smooth MoveMoving with Major Appliances requires special care to safeguard your valuable investments. Refrigerators, washing machines, and dryers can be some of your most expensive items. Therefore, cleaning them thoroughly before loading them onto the moving truck is essential. This step helps prevent potential damage and ensures their safe transportation to your new location. Pay attention to this crucial step when Moving with Major Appliances.

To ensure their safe transportation, it is crucial to thoroughly clean these appliances before moving them. In addition, it’s essential to allocate enough time for the machines to dry properly after cleaning to prevent potential damage during transit. Only after ensuring their complete dryness should you load them onto the moving truck, thus minimizing the risk of loss or damage to your prized possessions.

Moving appliances

Besides cleaning and drying, tips are specific to each appliance in your residence. Here’s a quick guide to moving with major appliances.


  • When preparing your dishwasher for a move, disconnect and drain its hoses. 
  • In addition, leave the dishwasher door open for a few days before the move to promote drying. 
  • Once the hoses are dry, wrap them in towels and packing paper for protection during the move, and place them safely inside the dishwasher.

Washing Machine

As with your dishwasher, disconnect the hoses and drain them.

  • Wrap the metal connector ends of the hoses in a towel and place them inside the washer.
  • Secure the tub following the manufacturer’s guidelines to prevent damage.
  • If you don’t have the manufacturer’s guidelines, purchase a washer kit with instructions on securing the tub by tightening down the tub-using screws.
  • Movers may be able to arrange a third-party service provider for these tasks.
  • Upon arrival to your new home, have your washing machine installed by a qualified installer.

Clothes Dryer

  • Clean the lint screen.
  • Before plugging in your new residence’s electric dryer, ensure the power supply is proper for the appliance.
  • If you are moving a gas dryer, have a qualified technician disconnect it and cap off the gas line. Your moving crew isn’t fit to perform this service.


Cleanliness is paramount!

Grease left on a stovetop will catch dust and dirt—and leave spots on anything it touches.

  • Detach all removable parts and pack them safely in a box.
  • If you are moving a gas range, have a qualified technician disconnect it and cap off the gas line (see the above note about your moving personnel).
  • When arriving at your new residence with your gas range, you will need a qualified gas installer to check your gas supply, connect the gas line, seal any openings, light the pilot and handle any other hook-up requirements.

Refrigerator and Freezer

  • Dispose of all perishables.
  • Unplug the power cord to wash and dry all removable parts thoroughly.
  • Allow the components, including the interior of the refrigerator and freezer, to dry thoroughly.
  • Pack all loose parts in a secure container, including bins and shelves.
  • Vacuum the condenser or compressor to remove dust.
  • Empty and clean the evaporator pan and allow time for it to dry.
  • If you have a cold water dispenser or automatic ice maker, turn off the water and disconnect the water line.
  • Empty the water reservoir.
  • Have a professional reconnect the icemaker and water dispenser to the waterline in your new home.
  • Moving with Major Appliances may require additional equipment, such as copper tubing, a shut-off valve, and fittings. These items are necessary to install your appliances in your new location properly.

Microwave Oven

Remove the glass tray to wrap and securely pack it separately in a well-padded box.

  • When packing the microwave, you should use a well-cushioned carton to ensure safe transportation.
  • If your microwave is large, ask your moving professional if it can be pad-wrapped on a moving day.
  • Don’t place cardboard in the door opening because it can spring the door during transit.
  • Don’t block the exhaust vent when installing the microwave at your new home.

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