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A house move is strenuous work. And some of the biggest packing and moving challenges come from your large kitchen appliances. Not only are they heavy and difficult to maneuver; they are also expensive to replace.
If you are about to relocate, the thought of moving items such as ovens, dishwashers, washing machines and dryers, refrigerators and freezers may be causing you some anxiety.
Here’s how to approach the task:
Call in professional removalists
Moving heavy furniture is difficult enough, but large electrical appliances such as gas or dual fuel ranges and refrigerators can present an even greater challenge. Just a small knock can damage internal parts, leaving you with a broken appliance and large repair bill.
Large appliances are also difficult to handle and heavy to lift. This means there’s a high risk of injury involved for anyone not trained to do so. You could also damage floors and walls as you attempt to move these heavy items.
So, for all these reasons, it is highly recommended that you book in professional removalists for your house move.
Think seriously about what to take to your new home
Your kitchen appliances are among your bulkiest, hardest to move items. If your appliances are older or well-used, it may not be particularly cost-effective to move them, particularly if you are moving interstate.
Talk to your removalists about the cost of moving each item and compare this to their current value and the cost of replacing them before you make a decision.
Often, for this reason, families use a house move as an opportunity to upgrade to newer appliances.
If they are still in good working order, your existing appliances can be sold, donated or given new homes with friends or family before you leave. Always recycle any appliance that can no longer be used at all.
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Seek out user manuals
You may be well used to using each and every appliance in your kitchen and, therefore, never need the manuals. However, it’s important to refer to them during your move. It’s quite possible that each appliance may have specific instructions for disconnecting them from the mains power and safely moving them.
It may also have been a while since you set up an appliance. When you reach your destination, you may need to look at the installation instructions once again before you can begin using the appliance.
But if you can’t find your original copy of an appliance manual, they can usually be found online by searching using the name of the manufacturer and the model code.
During the move, be sure to pack any kitchen appliance manuals in your overnight essentials kit, or in a well-labeled box so they can be easily found when needed.
Prepare and clean all appliances thoroughly
Always thoroughly empty all appliances before moving them. You’ll need to defrost refrigerators and freezers, too. Allow up to 12 hours for this process, or refer to your owner’s manual for specific information.
It always makes sense to deep clean kitchen appliances before moving. Not only will you have a clean appliance for your new home without transferring dust and dirt from your old home, but you’ll also lessen the chance of nasty smells developing while in transit. In particular, unclean refrigerators and freezers can quickly begin to smell bad one once they’re at room temperature.
Only disconnect appliances once you are sure you can do so safely
If you attempt to disconnect an appliance without being sure you are doing it correctly, you run many risks. You risk your own safety and well being, and the functionality of both your appliance and utilities. Putting mistakes right can be very costly.
When in doubt, it is wise to have a plumber, electrical or gas engineer deal with your appliance during both disconnection and re-connection. Professional removalists are likely to have the know-how to safely disconnect most appliances. However, they may also need to sometimes call in more specialist help.
Remove detachable parts from all appliances
Always remove loose or detachable parts from your appliances before you begin moving. This way, they cannot come loose during transit, get lost and cause damage.
Shelves and grill pans from ovens; shelves and drawers from refrigerators and freezers; detachable pieces from hobs — these are all examples of parts that must be removed, but there are likely to be others. Wrap these in suitable materials and pack them in well-marked boxes.
Don’t attempt to move heavy appliances, even a short way, without a dolly
A dolly is a must-have item for moving heavy appliances. It’s a wheeled device that allows you the leverage and flexibility for pulling out and moving heavy items without damaging flooring underneath. It would be very unwise to attempt to move heavy items, such as ovens and refrigerators, without one.
Even with a dolly, you would need help from at least one other person to keep the appliance steady. This is another reason it is wise to use professional removalists to move heavy items between homes.
Secure electrical wires, cords, and doors
Once appliances have been pulled out sufficiently and disconnected from utilities, immediately coil up and secure any wires or cords that could become tangled or caught while the appliance is being moved. Do this by securing them to the appliance with a sturdy piece of tape such as masking tape that’s strong enough to hold during the move.
Use bungees to secure doors and prevent them from swinging open and causing damage in transit.
Use original packaging wherever possible
Original packaging will have been designed to minimize risks to your appliance during transit. For this reason, it makes sense to use it whenever possible. If not, your professional removalist will be able to provide appropriate packaging to keep your appliances safe.
Make your move easy with the pros
By following the above tips and tricks, you can be sure that your appliances will arrive safely in your new home, without the need for costly repairs or replacements.
Remember, a move with the least risks to your property will always involve professional removalists who are trained and experienced in moving all the items that you would find difficult or stressful to move by yourself.
Craig Jones is the Managing Director at Aussiemove, Australia’s largest independent moving alliance. With 23 years of experience at Aussiemove, he has the skills and the highly trained team to move families safely and reliably, in Adelaide, across Australia and around the world.