Planning a move in the near future? Follow along this guide to ensure your kitchen appliances are properly prepared for the transition. Skip out on extra mover fees and avoid any malfunctioning appliances after the move. With all major appliances, it’s best to contact the dealer for specific move instructions or refer to the owner’s manual.
What You’ll Need:
- Household cleaner
- Cleaning and/or work gloves
- Packing tape
- Screwdriver and/or wrench
Refrigerator. Unplug your refrigerator at least 24 hours prior to the move. Dispose of all perishables and make sure it is cleaned thoroughly. Once the freezer has defrosted, clean and dry all surfaces and removable containers. This will prevent mildew and odors forming. Either remove or secure all racks so they don’t shift around during the move. If your refrigerator has an icemaker, disconnect the water line and make sure it’s completely drained.
Stove. Thoroughly clean the inside and outside of the stove. Be sure to remove the racks or securely fasten them so they don’t shift around. If you have a gas stove contact your gas company or where the stove was purchased from to find out if you can move it without a professional. Make sure the gas is turned off before you start disconnecting the line with care. These lines can be fragile and require special handling. Tape down the knobs and elements to make sure nothing is lost during the move.
Dishwasher. The dishwasher needs to be emptied and the utensil holder/rack removed and packed separately. Run a cycle then let the unit dry before you tape the door closed.
Finishing Touches. Secure all power cords so they don’t dangle or come loose. Make sure all the doors, extra nuts or screws are taped and secured before moving.
Source: the Spruce