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How to Prepare Your Appliances for the Big Move
You’ve packed all your things, loaded it all into a moving van. You’ve cleaned and polished every inch of your home. But your move isn’t over yet; not until you move your appliances too. The thought of moving your appliances, both large and small, may be enough to make you want to throw in the towel. Yes, things like a refrigerator, washer and dryer, and oven are going to require extra time and energy. But by preparing your appliances for the big move beforehand, you can make the process go much smoother.
1. Unplug and Read
Before doing anything, you’ll want to make sure all of your appliances are unplugged. If any of your appliances use natural gas, be sure you have a professional lined up to come disconnect them. If you are moving a refrigerator, be sure you unplug it at least 24 hours before moving. You’ll also want to consult your owner’s manuals for any special instructions for any of your appliances.
Just as you likely have spent hours cleaning your old home (and maybe even your new home prior to moving in) you’ll want to spend some time cleaning your appliances. You should thoroughly clean the inside and outside of all appliances, especially your refrigerator, freezer, and range.
Leaving any bit of moisture inside your appliances while in storage or transit could result in mold or mildew growth, as well as that unwanted musty smell. Cleaning the grease from your range is also a good idea because when left on your appliance, it becomes sticky and will pick up dirt and dust.
Clean out your dryer’s lint trap and the lint hose. Wipe up spills inside your refrigerator. Use a gentle cleanser to wipe down the surface of each and every appliance you will be moving.
You’ll want to make sure all of the movable parts of your appliances are secured and stable for transporting. This includes the racks inside your stove. It’s also a good idea to put a piece of tape over the knobs or removable parts to that they don’t get lost. Pack up all the hoses to your washer and dryer in a clearly labeled box, as well as all of the removable parts inside your dishwasher and refrigerator. Be sure to tape the doors shut, too!
A great way to prepare your appliances for the big move is to prepare yourself. This means having furniture sliders handy, bungee cords, and a dolly. If you have willing neighbors, enlist the help of some able-bodied and experienced movers to help move your appliances. Better yet, hire a professional.
When you choose a professional moving company, such as Kellogg Movers, you know your appliances will be in good hands. Not only will they have extensive and specific experience with appliance moving, they will already have the very best tools on hand to make the job go as quickly and painlessly as possible.
When you choose Kellogg movers for your move, no matter how big or small, you can expect timely service, high attention to detail and a fair price.