There is no simple way to move appliances. These large and bulky machines often require a team of strong movers who can transport the device without damaging it or causing injury to anyone around.


Below are some tips for moving large appliances. If you need help moving your large items, then contact Ace Moving & Warehousing. We have the team and the tools to move your heaviest items.

Tools You Will Need to Move Your Appliances

There are adequate equipment and tools you can use to move your appliances:

Appliance Dolly

Not all dollies are designed for moving large appliances. So, if you decide to use a dolly, make sure it has the capacity to support the weight and the size of an appliance such as a refrigerator, stove, or dishwasher.


The right dolly features:


●        Thick nylon straps

●        Heavy-duty D-rings

●        An adjustable handle

●        Protective rub rails

●        Big rubber tires


You can also purchase a dolly with smooth rolling stair-climbers that make it easier to move the heavy item up or down the stairwell.

Forearm Forklift Moving Straps

There is a difference between regular straps and forklift moving straps. If you use forklift strap, you can place your forearms through the strap loops and lift a heavy item while transporting it on the dolly or small forklift.


The straps give you leverage and allow you to lift or move an appliance without hurting yourself. You can also use shoulder straps or a shoulder dolly.

Braces & Gloves

It never hurts to use a back, leg, or ankle brace. You may also want to explore options for wrist or arm braces. They will protect your back and joints. Since appliances have rough edges on the sides or the bottom, a good pair of gloves will protect your hands and help you endure holding on to the appliance or the dolly handles.

Common Hard-to-Move Appliances

You’ll need to prepare to transport some of your larger appliances before you move them. Let’s look at some of the hard-to-move appliances and what preparations you’ll need to make to ensure they are moved correctly.


Refrigerators are large, bulky, and extremely heavy. They require two or more movers to move them. Avoid moving the refrigerator yourself. You may experience back pain or injury.


●        Unplug the refrigerator a day or two before you move it.

●        Remove all the food from the refrigerator and the freezer.

●        Let the ice thaw.

●        Disconnect the water line located in the back of the appliance.

●        Clean out the refrigerator. If possible, remove any smell.

●        Strap the refrigerator shut. Make sure the door cannot move at all.


The oven is not as large as the refrigerator. However, it can be heavy and bulky. The oven will also require two or more movers to ensure that you safely move it without injury.


●        Clean the entire oven inside and out. Make sure that it’s free of any grease, chemicals or other substances.

●        If your oven is wired into your wall (without a plug), then contact a certified electrician to disconnect it from the wiring and the gas line. A technician from the gas company may be willing to come out and do it for free.

●        Strap the oven door and the pull-out bottom tray shut. Leave no room for the door to open.

●        Remove any eyes from the stove and store them in a box.

●        When you move in, contact a certified electrician to connect the stove to the wiring and the gas line.


The dishwasher is larger, but not as heavy as the stove or refrigerator. You may have difficulty pulling the dishwasher out from the counter. So, be careful, because you may damage some of the components.


●        Pull all dishes out of the dishwasher. Do not use it to store kitchen items.

●        Unplug the power and remove all water connections. Make sure you turn off the water line that feeds into the dishwasher before you remove the water connections.

●        Remove the bottom plate from the dishwasher before move it. Remove the plate will keep it from incurring damage.

●        Carefully remove the dishwasher from the counter all the way to the middle of the floor so that it is completely clear of the counter.

●        Place all hoses and connections inside the dishwasher so that you do not lose them. You may also want to disconnect the power cord from the back of the dishwasher and place it inside. Put all loose screws in a baggie, seal it up, and place it inside the dishwasher. Keep all components together.

●        Lock and strap the dishwasher door. Leave no room for the door to open.

Clothes Washer

The tub in the dishwasher adds a tremendous amount of weight to the appliance. Therefore, it will take two or more movers to transport it to eliminate any chance of injury.


●        Remove all clothing from the dishwasher. Do not use it to store clothing.

●        Unplug the dishwasher. If possible, disconnect the power cord.

●        Turn off the water line that supplies water to the dishwasher.

●        Disconnect all hoses from the dishwasher. Place all hoses and the power cord inside the tub. Put all loose screws in a baggie, seal it up, and place it inside the tub. Keep all components together.

●        Strap the door closed. Leave no room for the door to open.

Clothes Dryer

The clothes dryer is surprisingly light. However, it will take two or more mover to transport it due to its size and weight.


●        Remove all clothes from the dryer. Do not use it store clothing.

●        Unplug the power cord. Try to disconnect it, if possible.

●        Remove the dryer vent from the dryer.

●        Place the dryer and the cord inside the dryer. Put all loose screws in a baggie, seal it up, and place it inside. Keep all components together.

Residential and Commercial Moving Services in Minneapolis, MN

Are you getting ready to move? If so, contact Ace Moving & Warehousing. We offer complete moving, packing, and storage services for home and business owners.


To reserve your moving date or climate controlled storage unit, call us at 763-755-2045. You can also send a message to