Moving from current home to a new home can be a hassle for you and your movers, no matter what the circumstances are. It requires careful preparation and planning of every aspect of your relocation in order to have a successful move. It is hard enough to move furniture and boxes but you may need to move your large household appliances such as a freezer, dryer, washer, dishwasher, refrigerator, etc. Appliances are too big and awkward for one person to pick up and carry into a moving truck. Most likely you are going to need professional moving service for your appliances. Your hired moving company will handle the major appliances’ transportation but usually, you need to prepare household appliances for the move. During the conversation with your moving company agent, ask about the best way for preparing your appliances for the move. Since under the State laws, most of the moving companies are not allowed to interfere with gas appliances, you may need to contact your local utility company to arrange the preparation of gas appliances. You may also want to check with your local utility companies for more detailed instructions on how to handle this type of appliances.
Contact your utility companies at least 2 weeks before your moving day. If you are moving locally, you’ll be able to transfer your services to your new home. If you are planning a long-distance move, most likely you will need to disconnect your current services and set up new services at your new residence. Make sure to have your gas, electric and phone services active till the last day.
It’s very important that your appliances are properly cleaned and dried out at least 24 hours before your actual move. This is especially important if you’re planning a cross-country move. Here are some helpful tips for you.Refrigerator
The refrigerator should be unplugged at least 24 hours before the move. Leave the doors open to allow all moisture to evaporate. Disconnect the water line (if there is one) and make sure it's completely drained. Dispose of all perishables products. Once the freezer unit is defrosted, clean and dry all surfaces and removable containers. It will prevent from mildew and odors. Make sure to remove all racks so they don't shift during the transportation. When it arrives at its final destination, wait at least 24 hours before you use it.Washer and Dryer
These units need special handling. Disconnect the units from the power source. Turn off the water supply for the washer and disconnect hoses from their faucets. If you have a gas dryer, contact your local gas company for an advice. Remove all hoses and pack them in a separate box. Do not let cords loose, tape them to the back.Dishwasher
Shut off all electric and water supplies, then disconnect and drain the water line. Unscrew the mounting brackets from the counter top. Remove utensil holder and make sure all racks are empty.Stove
If you have a gas stove, first of all, be careful. Make sure the gas is off before you start disconnecting the line. Since gas lines need special handling, you may want to contact your gas company for help. Usually, no general service is required for electric stoves. Clean the outer surface and detach all removable parts.Written by Margarita Hakobyan
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