You just listed your home on the market and a few interested buyers have already reached out to schedule showings. Have you thought about what you’re doing with your major appliances yet? If not, now is the time to figure that out.
Anything that’s not technically attached to the house— like your dishwasher, refrigerator, washing machine, dryer, etc.—is considered personal property in a home sale. That means you’re not obligated to leave those things behind when you move. However, when your realtor prepares a purchase agreement, you are obligated to specify which appliances and fixtures you’re including or excluding in the sale.
If you want to keep your appliances, you’ll also need to make a plan for getting those large, heavy items out of one home and into another. That’s where professional appliance movers can really come in handy. Of course, you can choose the DIY route, but if you do, you should know a few things first.
Read on for everything you need to know about relocating major appliances, so you can decide what to leave, what to take, and whether to hire professional movers for the job.
You Need Special Appliance Moving Equipment
You don’t want to use a standard hand truck to move appliances because most large appliances won’t even fit on a piece of equipment that small. Standard hand trucks are designed to handle furniture and boxes primarily—not bulky, super-weighty items.
If you try to use a furniture hand truck to wheel your large, heavy fridge out of or into a house, chances are you’ll end up damaging it or yourself.
The piece of equipment that can safely wheel around a big fridge, chest freezer, washer, or dryer is, unsurprisingly, called an appliance hand truck. And it’s uniquely designed with heavy-duty, attached straps that can be used to secure hefty appliances to its frame. Many such hand trucks also feature additional hand holds that allow for more control and stability.
You Need the Right Means of Transport
You might be able to use your vehicle to move your appliances, but that depends on the kind of vehicle you have and how much physical labor and time you’re willing to invest.
Obviously, hefty appliances won’t fit in the back of a sedan or even inside most SUVs. While they may fit in the bed of a pickup truck, they won’t have much, if any, protection from the elements there. If you’re planning to move multiple appliances, chances are you’ll need to make several trips.
If you’re conducting a local move in the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul area, a pickup truck could work for the job. However, a box truck is ideal because it not only shields the contents inside but also has much more space to accommodate large, heavy items.
For a long-distance move, a box truck is a must, or if you’re moving lots of stuff in addition to appliances, a semitrailer may be necessary.
You Need Moving Safety Skills
Taking all necessary safety precautions is a must with sizable, heavy objects like appliances. Hurting your knees or back are both plausible outcomes if you decide you’ll attempt to move your appliances on your own.
When moving during summer, dehydration and heat exhaustion are very real risks. If you’re moving during winter, snow and ice can easily put your safety at risk. That’s especially true if you attempt to lift and load bulky, weighty items without professional assistance.
Still thinking about doing a DIY move? Check out our moving safety tips for avoiding injuries during your relocation.
You Need to Properly Secure Appliances During the Move
After successfully getting appliances into a moving truck, you must secure them properly to ensure they don’t get damaged in transit. The bigger the object, the more important it is to properly secure it.
Professional movers have the supplies necessary to make sure all appliances are secured inside the truck. Ratchet tie-down straps are often used to make sure appliances won’t tip during the move. These straps have a small amount of give even after they’re tightened, which prevents them from leaving dents or marks in the appliances' finish.
Aside from straps, movers also use protective blankets to protect appliance coatings from scratches and other forms of damage during the move.
Disconnecting and Reconnecting Your Appliances
Before you can get your appliances out of your current home, you’ll need to disconnect them from water, power, gas, etc. If you’re unsure how to do that properly (and safely!), you can easily find videos online detailing the process. Make sure you secure any cords and hoses to each appliance with tape to ensure they don’t get damaged in transit.
After you get your appliances into your new abode, you’ll (obviously) need to reconnect them. You should also be able to find videos online detailing that process. If you have any very high-end appliances with special features, it may behoove you to call the manufacturer for advice. That way, you’ll know for sure whether you need to perform any special procedures when disconnecting or reconnecting them.
Read the User Manuals
Make sure you take the time to read the owner’s manual for your appliances before you start. For example, your washing machine most likely has special moving rods that you should use to immobilize the drum during transport.
Most appliances have similar vital steps that are designed to provide protection during transit. If you overlook those steps, your appliances could suffer irreparable damage during the move.
Should You Hire the Professional Appliance Movers at Ace?
Given the considerable amount of work and safety precautions involved in appliance moving, it may be in your best interest to hire a professional moving company for the job. And when you hire our team of expert appliance movers at Ace, we’ll handle your items with the utmost care.
We Use High-Quality Appliance Moving Equipment
When we move appliances, we use commercial-grade appliance hand trucks and dollies, which are specifically made to support, secure, and safely balance heavy appliances. Both our equipment and experience reduce the chance of appliance damage during your move.
We also use floor gliders, floor protection, moving blankets, and wall protection to ensure both your home and appliances don’t suffer damage while we work, and of course, we always secure appliances with the appropriate tie-downs inside our trucks.
We Have Our Own Fleet of Moving Trucks
When you work with our team at Ace Moving & Warehousing, you can rest assured our trucks are properly maintained in clean, safe, working condition. If you rent a DIY moving truck, there’s no guarantee you’ll get a quality, properly maintained vehicle.
We Have Extensive Appliance Moving Experience
At Ace, our professional movers have extensive training and experience in both safety best practices and appliance moving best practices. We’ve been helping Twin Cities residents move locally and long distance for several decades, and our hundreds of glowing customer reviews wouldn’t exist if we didn’t provide top-notch service.
We’ll Disconnect and Reconnect Your Appliances
When you hire our team for appliance moving, we do it all. We’ll disconnect the appliances at your current home and reconnect them once we get them inside your new abode. That way, you can rest assured they’re properly attached and secured from the moment you move in.
Looking for a Reliable Moving Company Near Minneapolis?
At Ace Moving & Warehousing, we can help with custom move plans, climate-controlled storage, military moves, evictions, full packing services, appliance services, and more.
We’re able to be there for you through residential moves, corporate relocations, and commercial moving and always strive to provide the best customer service in the industry.
If you’re ready to learn more or get a quick moving quote, give us a call today at (763) 755-2045 to get all of your questions answered. You can also request a quote online, and we’ll get in touch with more info!