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6 Tips to Prepare Appliances For a Move

Appliances such as stoves, dishwashers, washers and dryers, and refrigerators can be a major hassle to move. In addition to being heavy and clunky, appliances need to be correctly prepared before a move to prevent damage and ensure their proper operation at your new destination. Whether you are choosing to move your appliances yourself or have enlisted the services of a professional moving company, it is important to keep the following tips in mind.

  1. Check your owner’s manual: Most major appliances will have their own specific instructions regarding proper moving procedure within the owner’s manual, including shutdown steps, proper disconnection from utilities, and more. If you do not have a copy of your owner’s manual, check the manufacturer’s website for this information.
  2. Contact your utility companies: At least two weeks before moving day, contact your gas, water, and electricity providers and make sure to transfer service to your new home. Since most state laws prohibit moving companies from interfering with gas appliances such as stoves, be sure to arrange to have your appliances disconnected by a licensed professional before you move.
  3. Clean and prepare your stove: Your stove will need to be thoroughly cleaned inside and out, with all racks removed and securely packed. Use tape to fasten knobs and keep parts from being lost during your move.
  4. Unplug and empty your refrigerator: Your fridge will need to be unplugged at least 24 hours before moving day and cleaned out of all perishable foods. Once the freezer has defrosted, wipe away all condensation and scrub all surfaces to prevent the development of mildew and foul odors. If your unit has an ice maker, disconnect the water line and drain it completely. Finally, take out all racks and stow them securely so they do not shift during transport.
  5. Empty your dishwasher: Remove all dishes and racks from your dishwasher and pack them separately. Running a self-cleaning cycle is also a good idea before a move to ensure any leftover food particles are washed away.
  6. Secure all doors, cords, and lids: Using tape or rope, make sure all lids and doors are snugly shut so they do not swing open during the move and damage nearby items. Likewise, use tape to ensure all power cords and extra parts are kept easily accessible and with their respective appliances.

For more moving tips or for help with your next move, contact our team of trusted Santa Clarita movers at Affordable Quality Moving and Storage. Backed by nearly two decades of industry experience, we have what it takes to help you get from A to B smoothly.

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