Let's Move: Preparing Your Kitchen Appliances For The Movers

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Even if you hire a moving company to help you with your upcoming move, you will still have to get your kitchen appliances ready before moving day. Most moving companies offer some preparation services for an extra fee, but with a bit of time, you can do the work on your own. Although it may sound simple, it's important that you are attentive to detail when getting appliances ready to move, because improper preparation can lead to damage in the transition. Here's a look at the steps you need to take to get your kitchen appliances ready to go for the local moving services.

Gather Necessary Supplies

It's a good idea to have a cooler and some ice on hand, because you'll need to empty the refrigerator and freezer at least a day before your move. You should also have a bucket with hot water and an all-purpose household cleaner. If you want to protect your hands, a pair of cleaning gloves will come in handy. Finally, you should have a couple of rolls of clear packing tape and a set of wrenches for disconnecting lines and securing pieces.

Refrigerator and Freezer

You should get started on the refrigerator at least a day before your move so it has time to defrost and settle. Pack a cooler with ice to store anything you'll need to keep cold for the transition period, but it's in your best interest to give away or dispose of most of the perishables so you don't risk spoiled food.

Once you've removed everything from the refrigerator, unplug it. Leave the doors open to encourage it to defrost, which can take up to twelve hours. You can avoid a mess of water on the floor by placing thick towels in the bottom of the refrigerator while it defrosts. After the freezer is defrosted, clean and dry all of the surfaces inside the refrigerator and freezer. Pull out any removable containers and clean those thoroughly as well. Then, remove the racks or tape them in place so they don't slide around during the move.

If there's an ice maker or a water dispenser in the unit, you will also need to disconnect the water line. Pull the refrigerator forward slightly so you can access the rear panel. Then, disconnect the water line using a small wrench. Once you pull the refrigerator and freezer out the rest of the way, tape the power cord to the back or side to keep it from dangling.

Stove

Clean the stove thoroughly on the inside and outside. Then, remove the racks or tape them in place as you did with the refrigerator. For gas stoves, turn off the gas at the valve behind the stove before you disconnect it. Disconnect the gas line with a small wrench. Once the lines are disconnected, tape the burner covers, knobs and other moveable parts into place so you don't lose them during the move. If you have an electric stove, unplug the stove and then tape the upper cooking surface in place. Before you move the stove, tape the power cord to the side of the unit and tape the oven closed, both with packing tape.

Dishwasher

Your dishwasher will need to be emptied of the racks and utensil holders. These should be packed in a separate box. Turn off the water valve behind the dishwasher, then disconnect the water lines with a small wrench. Make sure there's no standing water in the bottom of the dishwasher and clean the interior surfaces if necessary. Finally, tape the door closed so that it doesn't get damaged in the move, and tape the power cord to the side of the dishwasher to keep it secure.

When it comes to getting your home appliances ready to move, it's important to pay attention to details. By cleaning everything out and disconnecting the lines in advance, you won't be rushing at the last minute. This gives you the freedom to take your time and disconnect the lines carefully, preserving the condition of the connectors. If you're uncomfortable doing the preparation on your own, your local moving company can help you.

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7 January 2015

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