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How to Move and Store Household Appliances

Tips for Moving & Storing Appliances

Moving appliances to a new home or to a storage unit can be a daunting task! Appliances are one of the most difficult items to move. (Right after moving a washer and dryer!) Self Storage is a great solution for short-term and long-term storage for appliances. By properly preparing them for moving or storage, you will be able to keep the items in good working order when you need them. Stop N Stor has a variety of storage unit sizes to fit every household storage need.

Before you start the moving process, check the manufacturer’s instructions for specific storage/moving information for each appliance.  Some of the preparation steps will be specific for a particular appliance, while others can follow general packing tips. It is very important to follow the proper moving or storage preparation steps so the appliances can be set-up in their new home. For any appliances, the most important thing that has to be done before moving is to do a thorough cleaning, which includes removing all food and cleaning the appliance inside and out.  When moving appliances, place them last on the truck, so they will be the removed first at the new home or storage facility. Below are specific moving and storage tips for microwaves, dishwashers, refrigerators and stoves:

Moving and Storing a Microwave

The microwave might be the smallest of the appliances to move, but it still does require preparation work.

  1. Remove the glass turntable inside the microwave and thoroughly clean the microwave inside and out. A hint for cleaning a microwave is to put a wet sponge in the microwave and let it heat for 2 minutes. This will help loosen the food stains inside the microwave. It the stains are really tough, add some vinegar to the sponge.
  2. The best solution for packing a microwave is in the original box. If the original packaging is not available, then pack the microwave in a very sturdy cardboard box. Add lots of filler material (newsprint, bubble wrap or linens) to give extra protection during the move and while in storage.
  3. Tape the microwave’s glass door shut during transport with the cords taped on the side of the appliance.

Moving a Dishwasher                                                           

  1. Unplug and thoroughly clean the dishwasher according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  2. Let the dishwasher air dry for at least 24 hours before packing it for moving.
  3. Disconnect and clean all the hoses to the dishwasher. Once these hoses are dry, wrap them in towels or in newsprint for protection. Place the hoses inside the dishwasher for easy access.
  4. Tape the cord to the side of the dishwasher for transport. Also, tape the dishwasher door shut during transit.
  5. Cover the appliance with a blanket or tarp during transit to protect it from dings and scratches.

Stove Moving Tips

  1. Before detaching and moving the stove, it is critical to clean the stove inside and out.
  2. Remove any pans (broiler pans) from the inside of the stove as well as grates on the top of the stove. 3. If it is a gas stove, have a professional turn off the gas and disengage the piping. Place the pipes inside the stove for safe keeping during storage and moving.
  3. If it is an electrical stove, it can just be unplugged before you move.
  4. Tape the stove door during transit as well as tape down the knobs on the front of the stove to prevent them from becoming loose in transit.

Refrigerator Moving and Storage Tips

The refrigerator is one of the largest items that you will have to move and store. It also requires the most preparation work in order to get it ready to move.

  1. Defrost the refrigerator at least 3 days before moving.
  2. Drain the ice makers and water supplies and let them dry.
  3. Remove the trays and drawers from the refrigerator and clean them with mild detergent.
  4. Wash down the inside of the refrigerator with a mild detergent and then dust or vacuum the coils on the outside of the refrigerator.
  5. Use a dolly when moving a refrigerator. Transport the refrigerator upright. Placing the refrigerator on its side could damage some of the refrigeration coils.
  6. Tape the doors shut while in transit. Tape any electrical cords to the side of the refrigerator during transit.
  7. Once it is placed in the storage unit, remove the tape and leave the door slightly ajar to prevent moisture build-up.



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