Tips for Moving Heavy Appliances

Tips for Moving Heavy Appliances

If you must move any of your heavy household appliances, has offered a compilation of the industry’s best moving practices.

Prepping for the Move

Stock up with the proper equipment to move your appliance: an appliance dolly, a couple of furniture blankets, many furniture straps, and sliders. Use thick cardboard to protect the floors of your current and new home as you unplug and plug in your appliances. These can be lined all the way through the exit to make sure not floors are damaged. All of these not only ensure the safety of your appliance and your home but your own and your mover’s. Moving your appliances can be fairly easy if you adhere to take the following steps.

Refrigerators, Freezers

Start by disconnecting the power supply at least 24 hours before your move. Empty the contents and pack food separately. Take our all removable parts and clean before packing separately. Clean the fridge as it dries to completion. When you are ready to move your fridge, secure the doors with rope or stretch tape. Do not let the power cord dangle. Consider coiling and taping to the fridge to avoid any costly falls. Wrap in moving blankets and secure with another rope or some moving straps. Carefully load this onto the appliance dolly and secure it with its wheeled helper. Once you are in the new home, leave the fridge upright and unplugged to let the oil stabilize in the cooling mechanism.

Washing Machines, Dryers, Dishwashers

Disconnect the appliance from the power supply and turn off the water supply. Drain all hoses until completely dry. Secure the power cord and all hoses to the appliance. Clean the interiors and any filters if applicable. Reinstall any transportation rods the machine may have come with. Cover your appliance with thick moving blankets and use tape to ensure its protection. Using the dolly, transport your machine with care.


First off, if your stove is a gas stove consider hiring a professional to disconnect and cap the gas line because it could become really dangerous if done improperly. Again, tape the power cord to the back of the stove and take out any detachable parts to pack separately. Take extra care with any glass portions with a layer of bubble wrap. Use a protective blanket to wrap around the stove. Using your appliance dolly, navigate safely around the house. Once in the new kitchen, consider having a professional reconnect your stove to the gas supply.

With these tips, moving heavy appliances aren’t such a daunting task. Check out our Winter Moving Day article for more helpful moving tips!


2020-01-23T21:13:43+00:00January 23rd, 2020|