If you’re getting ready for a relocation, you’ve probably wondered how on earth you’ll transport your bulky household appliances. Should you just leave them in your old place and purchase new ones when you’re settled in? Should you try to move them and risk injury or irreparable appliance damage? What’s the best course of action?!
At Ace Moving & Warehousing, we’re here with some answers. Unless you’d like to shell out thousands of dollars for a brand new fridge, stove, dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, and whatever else you own, there’s no need to bid your current appliances farewell. Below, we’re detailing valuable tips that’ll help you prepare and transport your household appliances with ease. Let’s get started!
Take Accurate Measurements
First and foremost, you absolutely must record the dimensions of every appliance you plan to move. Depending on their size, some of them may not fit through your main entry door, so you’ll need to plan accordingly. Some homeowners may need to take doors off their hinges to allow the appliances to fit, while others can make due by taking the long way around and using a sliding glass patio door. In any case, you’ll need to know this information in advance of your move date, so you can plan accordingly.
Use Flooring Protection
Flooring protection is an absolute must when moving appliances! Wood floors can easily suffer deep scratches and dents with the slightest mishap, while tile floors can easily crack after a single slip of the hand. To avoid accidental flooring damage, select one of the following protective materials:
● Cardboard. Many homeowners opt for sheets of cardboard as floor protection because it’s cheap and easy to attain. However, cardboard has a tendency to slip and slide, so it may not be your safest or most effective option.
● Scrap carpet. If you have access to scrap carpet or carpet runners, you can distribute pieces of the material across your floors. When it’s time to move your appliances, position them on top of the scrap carpet, and you can easily slide them across the floor.
● Plastic floor guides. Protective plastic floor guides are specifically designed for moving heavy objects without damaging hardwood or tile floors. Like carpet, these pieces of plastic simply glide along the floor with your appliances situated on top.
Clean Your Floors
Before you lay down your flooring protection, don’t forget to clean your floors! Moving heavy appliances across dirty floors—even with appropriate floor protection—is a recipe for flooring damage.
Even tiny particles, such as sand and dirt, can create noticeable scratches when they become trapped beneath your protective materials. The weight of your appliances creates enough pressure on top of gritty dirt to cause thousands of dollars in flooring damage, especially if you have high-end hardwood floors.
Practice Proper Prep Work
When it comes to moving your large appliances, you can’t take a willy-nilly approach to the process. You might be able to get away with frantically packing most of your other possessions, but with appliances, proper prep work is key for a smooth move. Here’s what you need to do:
● Dishwasher. Power down the unit and disconnect all the hoses. Leave the door open for 24 hours to allow moisture to evaporate. Secure the hoses the back of the unit, secure the inner racks, and tape the door closed.
● Stove. If you have a self-cleaning oven, run the cycle at least one day before you plan to pack. When the stove is clean, turn off the power and remove the inner racks and burner coils or grates (if necessary). Tape the door closed and secure the operating knobs.
● Refrigerator & freezer. Remove all food items and place them in portable coolers. Disconnect the unit from the power source and remove all shelves and drawers. Thoroughly clean the interior of the unit and leave it open for 24 hours to allow moisture to evaporate. Secure the door with tape or moving wrap.
● Washing machine. Disconnect the power and all the hoses. Leave the door open for 24 hours to allow moisture to escape. Secure the hoses to the back of the machine and tape the door shut.
● Dryer. Clean the lint screen thoroughly and disconnect the unit from the power source. Secure the door shut with tape or moving wrap.
Hire Professional Appliance Movers
Moving appliances is no easy task, and even if you have big, burly friends, they’re probably not well-versed or trained in safe appliance-moving practices. That’s where the knowledgeable assistance of a professional moving company comes in handy. Rather than risk harming your high-value appliances (or yourself), take the safe route and hire professional appliance movers.
At Ace Moving & Warehousing, our professional moving teams are extensively trained in the proper handling of high-ticket valuables, especially heavy, bulky appliances. We know how much your things mean to you and how invaluable they are to your home’s efficient operation, so you can rest assured we’ll treat your appliances as if they were our own.
Searching for Appliance Movers in Minneapolis? Contact Ace Moving & Warehousing Today
If you’re planning a Twin Cities relocation and need reliable appliance movers you can trust, our team at Ace Moving & Warehousing is here to serve you. Beyond appliance moving, we also offer full packing services, custom crating, furniture moving, on-site planning, and a variety of other helpful moving services. To learn more about how we can make your move as easy and stress free as possible, give our team a call at 763-755-2045 or send us a message on our contact page. Looking for a pricing estimate? Feel free to request your quote online, and we’ll be in touch!