Should Anything Be Done to My Appliances to Prepare Them for Moving?

Appliances complicate residential moves.

Illustration of Fridge on a Hand Truck

Appliances aren’t just a hassle during residential moves because of their size. They’re also complicated pieces of machinery you can easily damage unless you do things right. Make sure you take time to prep your stove, fridge, and other appliances for moving day if you want them to work once they get to your new home.

The following are some tips to help you make the residential move process go as smoothly as possible:

Unplug major appliances at least 24 hours before your move.

This is especially true for any units that need to be drained, like a dishwasher, washing machine, freezer or refrigerator. These tasks take time, and if ignored, can make a mess of your entire shipment. Talk to your move about how to contain appliance-related moisture and smells well before moving day.

Clear and clean your stove and other appliances.

Not only will it be more enjoyable moving into your new home with sparkling clean appliances, cleaning your stove, fridge, and other items is a common sense way to prevent smells from affecting the rest of your belongings. Clean appliances are also easier to move, cutting down on your potential damages and injuries.

Secure all of your appliances doors, racks, drawers and cords.

Loose items cause damages, and they can also injure your moving crew. Unfortunately, this step isn’t as cut and dried as it seems. A few appliances need their racks removed and packed separately – like dishwashers. Washing machines are even more complicated, as their drums need securing, and the best way of doing so differs by manufacturer.

Contact Nilson Van for help getting your appliances ready and to learn more helpful tips for residential moves. From start to finish, we make sure your belongings stay as safe as possible.

Whether your move is big or small, our skilled movers are dedicated to helping you every step of the way, no matter where life takes you.