Moving an appliance can be a daunting task and can certainly cause issues. When you are moving an appliance, you don’t want to damage anything. Nor the appliance itself and norther the floor. This article lists a few tips and tricks that you can follow to achieve a better moving experience without any hiccups.
Clean your floors:
When moving any heavy object around the house, it is going to rub the floor to some extent, no matter how careful you try to be. But if you are worried about damage to your floor, it can be a bit difficult to avoid it. The best thing you can do is clean your floor. When a heavy object slides on your floor, and it gets damaged or scratched, the chances are that it was due to the presence of dust or sand on the floor. You should sweep and mop the floors thoroughly and try to keep it pristine during the whole moving process.
Clear the path:
Moving heavy appliances can be tedious, difficult, and even dangerous. But luckily, you can mitigate most of these issues by planning ahead of time. Plan the route that you are going to take to get that appliance out of there, and then go about cleaning any furniture or any other kind of clutter from that path. This will help avoid injuries, damages, and, most importantly, will make your life so much easier when actually moving.
Get some help:
Do not try to take this endeavor on your own. You cannot move even a single appliance without some helping hands, and trying to do it on your own will lead to just destruction.
Prepare your appliance:
Now that the floor is taken care of let’s talk about the appliance itself. Most of them are heavy and contain some fragile parts in them that can malfunction if the device is not handled properly. You might have to get appliance repair in that case that will end up unnecessarily costing you money. When deciding on what devices you are going to move, take the condition and the age of the appliance into consideration and decide whether a device is worth the trouble of moving. Here are some device-specific tips for you to complete the moving process efficiently.
The first and the most obvious tip is to turn it off and remove all the fools and containers from it. After that is done, you should clean the interior and remove any removable shelving. Before you pick up the refrigerator for moving, make sure to measure the doorways and hallways that the refrigerator will be going through. Another tip is to secure the doors of the refrigerator with tape or similar material so the doors don’t swing open during moving.
Disconnect it from power and unplug the intake, and out pour hoses. Let the hoses dry for at least 24 hours before moving the washer an inch. After that is done, pack all the hoses back in and tape the door shut. Be careful about the orientation of the machine when you are moving it.
First, disconnect it from power. Then after you are done with that, you should clean the lint trap. While you’re at it, you should also clean the vent housing as well. Secure the door and other loose parts with the help of strong tape, and you should be good to go.
The dishwasher is kind of similar to the washer. As in, after disconnecting it from the power, you have to unplug the hoses and then let them dry. Leave the door open as well and let it dry completely for at least 24 hours. Make sure that everything is completely dry. Secure the knobs and the door with tape for proper safety when moving this heavy piece of appliance.
Stove and oven:
When disconnecting it from the gas connection, make sure you do it properly. If you are not sure about how to properly do it, lend a professional’s help. A leaking gas pipe can be extremely dangerous and lethal in more than one way. After it is properly disconnected, it is important to clean it thoroughly. A deep cleaning session is highly advised.