How to Properly Move and Store Appliances
When you’re planning a move, following the proper steps to moving and storing belongings like your kitchen appliances is vital to make sure these big ticket items don’t get damaged in the process. You want everything working properly when it’s moved and set up in your new home, after all. Some of the prep work involved will be specific to each item; if you saved your owner’s manuals, now is the time to dig them out and consult them for the instructions. Or, you can look for the manuals online.
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Kitchen Appliance Storage Tips
Before you move or store any of your kitchen appliances, the first step is to make sure you’ve spent some time thoroughly cleaning them out. This means removing all food, dirt and “gunk” inside and out. Once they’re properly cleaned, here are a few general appliance storage and moving tips to get them prepared for your new home:
- Refrigerator storage and moving: Once your refrigerator has been emptied of all food items, you’ll want to also defrost the freezer about three days before your move. Also, make sure you’ve drained the water supply to the ice maker so it’s dry in advance of moving day. Wipe down the inside with a mild detergent, including all the drawer and storage shelves, and vacuum the coils on the back. When moving the fridge, keep it upright to avoid damage; it should also be stored upright on both the moving truck and in your self storage unit.
- Dishwasher storage and moving: If possible, run a “rinse” cycle on your dishwasher and allow it to air out for a good 24 hours before packing it onto the moving truck. Disconnect all the hoses and wrap them in bubble wrap or newsprint, then place them inside the dishwasher so you don’t lose track of them in the move. For extra protection while moving a dishwasher, tape the door shut so it doesn’t fall open and get damaged should it get jostled around on the truck.
- Stove storage and moving: Your stove may be full of baked-on spills and crumbs, so make sure you clean the inside and out as best as you can. This includes the grates on top! If you have a gas stove, it’s recommended to have a professional disconnect the gas and the piping. Like with the dishwasher, keep the piping inside the stove for easy connection later. Tape the door and the knobs during the move so nothing becomes loose in transit.
- Microwave storage and moving: Even though the microwave is probably one of the smallest kitchen appliances you’ll move, some proper prep work is still necessary. If your microwave is full of cooked-on food splatters, soak a sponge in some white vinegar and water and heat it in the microwave for about two minutes. This will easily loosen some of those stains. If you kept the original box for your microwave, pack it in that, but if not, a sturdy cardboard box filled with packing material will help keep it protected during the move.