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How to Pack Appliances for Moving – Complete Guide
If you’ve invested in good quality appliances, you’ll want to bring them with you to your new home. Packing them up for safe transport will take some time if you’re doing it yourself, but it’s well worth the effort to have them arrive safe and sound.
A few general tips to get started:
- Disconnection and reconnection. You should be aware that any appliances that are connected to a gas line or your plumbing system will need to be disconnected by a professional first, and the supply line properly sealed off as well. You’ll need to make arrangements in advance to do this with licensed professionals – unfortunately your movers can’t do this for you (if you’re moving with Cassidy’s we can arrange this for you if you need us to). You’ll also need to make arrangements to connect them at your new home.
- Life without appliances. Many of your appliances will be out of commission for a few days prior to your move, so you may want to make plans for take-out meals or even doing laundry at a friend’s house.
- Start early. Most appliances will need to be left open for a few days for quick moves, and longer if they’re being stored – learn more in our storage section below.
If you’re not sure if you want to bother moving your appliances or not, check this guide.
Preparing a refrigerator for moving involves a lot of steps, so we’ve made it a separate post.
2. Stove and Oven
Stoves are easily damaged during moves, especially if they have glass cooktops. It’s important to review what your manual has to say about moving your stove before you start. Generally, these steps should work:
- Remove any pots or pans from the pull-out drawer below the oven and pack them separately.
- Do a heavy duty cleaning of the entire stove, including the oven. Follow the guidelines in your manual. Don’t forget to pull the stove out and clean anything that may have fallen down the sides (learn how to do this without scratching your floors below). This is partly so you start life at your new home with a nice clean stove, and also for safety during moving, as grease can cause slips – not to mention it can get on your other belongings. Remember, grease does go rancid.
- Remove the racks from the oven, along with any other removable parts like drip pans. Pack those separately.
- Ensure all dials are set to the off position, and tape them. If the knobs come offeasily you may want to remove them and store in a bag.
- If your stove is connected to a gas line, have it disconnected and sealed.
- If your stove uses an electric plug, unplug it. Use tape to secure the plug to theback of the stove.
- Keep the oven door shut with a strap or bungee cord. Tape may leave residue on somefinishes.
- If your stove has a stainless steel finish, use a protectant and then wrap it in ablanket or heavy duty plastic. When Cassidy’s moves appliances, we like to wrap the entire unitwith moving pads, as they provide better protection than even the wrap that manufacturers usefor shipping.
If you have an electric range, check that there’s a plug with the proper voltage at your new home. Be aware that different stoves have different requirements, so don’t just look at the “big outlet” and assume everything’s OK.
- Ensure your dishwasher is clean by running it through a wash cycle while empty. Youwon’t be able to use it for a few days before your move.
- Like any appliance that uses water, you’ll need to leave the door open for at least48 hours in advance. This allows any water left in the bottom to evaporate.
- Have a plumber disconnect the water supply for you and ensure water can’t escape. Set aside the hoses to ensure any water can dry out.
- Wrap the hoses in some old towels and packing paper and pack them separately along with any other racks and holders.
- Secure the electrical plug to the back of the dishwasher with tape.
- A moving pad on the outside of the dishwasher will protect the finish.
4. Microwave Oven
- Remove the glass tray, ensure it’s clean, and then wrap it well in paper beforepacking separately.
- Coil the electrical cord and tape it to the back of the unit.
- Put the microwave in a well-padded box. If it’s especially large, you may want towrap it in moving pads like we do.
When positioning your microwave in your new home, be sure the exhaust vent isn’t blocked.
5. Washing Machine
Again, like any appliance that uses water, you’ll need to leave it empty with the door open to allow it to dry out thoroughly before moving. This includes the hoses.
- Have a professional plumber disconnect the hoses and ensure the water supply is secured. Set aside the hoses so they can dry out.
- Once the hoses have had enough time to dry, wrap them in old towels or paper andpack them separately. Some people like to put them inside the washer but that will add a bit tothe overall weight.
- When moving a washer, the most important part is to secure the drum. If it’s notsecured it will move around and very likely become damaged. This is especially important forfront loading washers. Consult the manual to see what they recommend, but many require specialparts which you should have from when you bought the washer, or you may need to purchasesome.
- Other types may have screws you need to tighten.
- Coil the electrical cord and tape it to the back of the machine.
- Strap or tape the lid closed.
- To protect the finish, use moving pads or an old blanket if you’re movingyourself.
A plumber may need to connect your washing machine at your new home.
6. Clothes Dryer
- Clean the lint screen.
- Unplug the dryer.
- Disconnect the dryer venting system.
- Tape the electrical cord to the back of the dryer.
Again, before plugging in your clothes dryer in your new home, be sure that your electrical supply can handle the requirements. You’ll also want to be sure that the dryer vents are nice and clean: if they’re full of lint your dryer won’t work as efficiently. It can also be a potential fire hazard if the vent gets completely blocked.
Barbecues are heavy, greasy and dirty, but can be moved.
- If your barbecue is connected to a gas line, a professional will need to disconnect it.
- If your barbecue is propane, disconnect the propane tank. Unfortunately, propane is a hazardous material, and like all professional movers Cassidy’s can’t move a propane tank for you (although you can move it in your personal vehicle). You can read more about hazardous materials and why we can’t move them here.
- Ensure all dials are set to the off position.
- Give the entire barbecue the cleaning of its life.
- Remove any grilles, rocks and other loose parts and pack those separately. Some barbecues have removable sections at the sides.
- Tape the lid closed, and do the same for any doors that can’t be removed.
8. Small Appliances
Most small appliances can be simply unplugged, cleaned, disassembled, and packed in a padded box. For complex items like expensive coffee makers and milk steamers, you may want to consult the owner’s manual. You may want to consult this article on moving your electronics – it has a lot of advice that applies to small appliances as well.
9. Storing Your Appliances?
To prevent mould and mildew, your appliances will need to be thoroughly cleaned and left open for a full week to ensure they are completely dried out.
When we put items into storage for our customers, we leave the doors open an inch or so to allow airflow. If you’re very concerned, putting a pouch of silica crystals in the appliance is an extra step you can take.
10. Watch Your Floors!
If you’re pulling appliances out of position, one of the main dangers is scratching floors, especially if they’re vinyl or hardwood. Some appliances have scratch-resistant pads on their feet, but if they don’t or if you want to be extra careful, here’s how to move heavy items safely.
- Clean your floors first – this removes grit that can be trapped under the appliance’s legs and dragged, leaving a nice ugly gouge for the next homeowner.
- Don’t pivot the appliance back and forth.
- Create a sliding pad using an old carpet remnant (soft side down) – if it’s thin carpet you may need plywood on top to prevent the feet from poking through.
- Get someone to lift the front of the appliance up while you slide the pad under. Then lift and slide the appliance forward on top of the pad. Watch your back: use a dolly when working with heavy appliances, and there are even refrigerator dollies available for rent. You may need several people.
You can also try a special appliance moving tool – they’re often available for rent.
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