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Tips on How to Prepare Major Appliances for Moving 

You need to move the kitchen appliances like stove, fridge, dishwasher, dryer, and washer if you are hiring a moving company. If you are planning to hire professionals, you can contact local movers DC for assistance. Before the movers arrive on moving day, they will surely insist that these major appliances are prepared.  

For an extra moving fee, most movers offer professional service that will prepare major appliances for moving.  You may find units not working when they arrive at the new destination if it is not done correctly. To help you, here are some tips on how to prepare your major appliances for moving. 

    Contact the Dealer 

Contact the dealer for specific move instructions or refer to the owner’s manual if you have a copy for all major appliances. You can research if you do not have a copy of the moving instructions for your appliances. 

    Unplug the Fridge 

Before moving, the refrigerator must be unplugged at least 24 hours. Make sure you clean it well and dispose of all perishables. Thoroughly clean and dry all surfaces and removable containers to prevent mildew and odor build once the freezer unit has been defrosted.  

So that they do not shift during the move, remove all racks or secure them.  Disconnect the water line and ensure that is completely drained if your unit has an ice maker. 

    Clean and Prepare Stove 

It is essential that you thoroughly clean the inside and outside of your stove with the racks removed or securely fastened. Ensure that the gas is turned off before you start disconnecting the line if you have a gas stove. You must be cautious because gas lines are fragile and need special handling.  It is advisable that you call your gas company and ask for help if you’re unsure. 

    Empty the Dishwasher 

It is important that you empty the dishwasher and the utensil holder/rack removed and separately packed. If needed, it is a good idea to clean the unit. Before you tape the door closed, run a cycle then let the unit dry. 

    Secure Cords 

It is essential that you unplug each unit and secure the plug to the back using packing tape for all appliances. It is advisable that you do not let cords dangle or come loose to avoid damage and injuries. 

    Pack Up 

If you choose, pack unbreakable, lightweight, and hard items in empty caverns such as in the refrigerator crisper or the oven, this must be done to all appliances. You can also store and move this way blankets, stuffed animals, pillows, chair cushions or clothing.  

Before you use them to stuff into empty spaces, simply protect items by wrapping them in a plastic garbage bag. Prior to moving, it is crucial that you tape all doors and shut the lids. It is also advantageous to gather the necessary tools for installing your appliances at your new home. 

After you arrive in your new home, have an inventory and check for potential damage. Slowly put them inside your new home, you must start with the bigger ones so that you can easily maneuver with the smaller appliances.