Preparing Your Appliances for a Safe Move

Moving can truly be a grueling experience. First there is the preparation: securing a moving van, ensuring your new home is ready, transferring the utilities; then there is the hectic process of packing. Smaller items can easily be boxed up and transported. When it comes to moving appliances, a bit more preparation is necessary to ensure a safe and effective move. There are plenty of ways to make this chore easier on yourself and your moving crew. Read on for tips to ensure the safety and quality of your devices during a move.


Many appliances require some servicing prior to moving. For example, refrigerators need to have the cold water line disconnected and have the ice maker water reservoir disconnected. Stoves require a bit more work because you need an installation technician to come out, check the gas supply, ensure that the line is secure and light the pilot for you. Washing machines also have servicing requirements. It is important to do your research before you attempt to move them as they may have servicing requirements too.


Disconnecting an appliance such as an oven or a refrigerator isn’t always as easy as unhooking a hose. Depending on the types you have, their age, and their manufacturer, each device may have different disconnecting instructions and requirements. If you have specific questions regarding how you should disconnect your appliances, please consider contacting the manufacturer for step-by-step instructions.


Cleaning your appliances prior to moving is absolutely necessary. For one, it will make it easy on your once you move. Secondly, you want to make sure any appliances such as freezers, washing machines or refrigerators are completely dry and have no excess water trapped inside as this can damage your belongings and your appliance during the move. Ovens should also be thoroughly cleaned out prior to being moved.


Moving large appliances can be a tricky process, but it is feasible if you have the right equipment. Make sure that you have moving straps, protective covers for your appliances, moving blankets and plenty of rope and cords to secure your appliances in the moving truck. The last thing that you want is for one of your appliances to get damaged in the middle of your move.

Prior to Re-installation

It is important to note that some appliances need to be settled for at least 24 hours before the reconnection process is started. Some good examples include ovens, stoves, and refrigerators. Make sure that you consult the product’s manufacturer for precise re-installation instructions.

If you need to store your appliances, check out the Self-Storage Size Guide to see what size unit you will need.

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