An ounce of prevention…
- Smaller appliances or devices require just a little additional care while moving to be certain they end up completely okay when unpacking day comes.
- Be sure that the appliance is totally dry and clean to avoid mildew or mold.
- If the appliance has removable or detachable components (such as a glass dish in a microwave), remove them and pack these separately. (Expert tip: put a note with instructions on reassembling every appliance as it is being packed.)
- Pack electrical cords with the right appliance to avoid mixing them up.
- Make sure to pick the proper box and stuff all empty spaces and gaps with packing peanuts, packing paper, or other little, non-breakable materials.
Appliance moving preparation
Here are a couple of expert ideas for moving big appliances that could make the procedure easier:
- Measure. This important process will allow you to know if your doors will have to come off their hinges before it’s too late. And do not neglect to also include the handle!
- Lease an equipment dolly. These are especially created to handle the pressure and weight of heavy appliances and also have soft wheels that will not damage or scratch the floors.
- Detach electrical and gas connections. In certain locations, it is not allowed for you to detach your own gas, so verify with your gas company as regulations differ by state.
- Detach water connections. Disconnect the hose from the wall and completely drain the water out of the hose. Also, there might be water pooled in the bottom of an appliance under the hose so make sure to drain that as well. This really is essential to understand: removalists generally are not insured to cover anything associated with water damage. You do have the option to get a third party insurance to cover such instances.
- Completely dry and clean everything. It is also good practice to keep the doors slightly open while the appliances are being transported, particularly if the items will be going in storage. No one likes a moldy, weird-smelling refrigerator.
- Make sure to secure any movable or loose components. Appliances such as front-load washers can be damaged easily during a move if the drum is not secured properly to the frame.
- Protect the floors. Be sure that the floor is clean (less friction means less scuffing or scratching), try not to pivot the appliance as much as possible (since doing so needlessly grinds the feet into the floor), and utilise plastic or foam furniture sliders at the bottom of the feet of the appliance (heavy carpet scraps can work, as well).
From dealing with appliances to transferring with a pet and even making relocating much more pleasant and fun, Giraffe Removal’s got your back. Check out our website or contact us and get started right away – we make moving as enjoyable as a freshly-laundered set of linens (almost, anyway). Call us on 1300 554 552 to know more about our services.