You’re making a fresh start in a new home, maybe even in a new city. There’s lots of moving parts, and potential for things to go very right, or very wrong. To ensure things start on a good note, learn how to properly prepare your appliances for your local move.

The Appliance Moving Basics

It’s critical that all appliances are clean and dry prior to moving. You don’t want to find mold and mildew growing in the fridge, or grease on the range, that has the potential to turn rancid and leave spots. This is especially important if you put appliances in storage (a dark and undisturbed environment is perfect for mold growth).

Local movers don’t handle most appliance services, but they partner with the professionals who do. Save time and money by cleaning your appliances yourself, before the service technicians and movers arrive. Cleaning instructions should be included in the appliance’s owner’s manual; if your manual doesn’t include instructions, follow the general guidelines below.

Cleaning and Preparing Your Refrigerator

  1. Wipe the exterior of the refrigerator with a mild detergent.
  2. Dispose of all perishables.
  3. Unplug the refrigerator at least 24 hours prior to moving.
  4. Defrost freezer.
  5. Clean the inside thoroughly with a mild detergent and dry surfaces.
  6. Remove shelves or secure them so they don’t move. Glass shelves should be removed, cleaned and carefully packed in a carton.
  7. If your fridge has an ice maker, disconnect the waterline and empty the water reservoir.
  8. Bolt down the compressor or motor, if applicable.
  9. Tape the door of the refrigerator and freezer shut, if possible.
  10. When at the final destination, do not operate the fridge for at least 24 hours after delivery.

Cleaning and Preparing Your Stove

  1. Clean the top of the stove and inside the oven.
  2. Remove racks and pack in a carton.
  3. If you have a gas stove, make sure the gas is turned off before disconnecting the line. Take care with gas connections, as they can be fragile. If you are unsure of how to properly disconnect the line, contact your gas company or call a qualified technician before move day.
  4. Tape down knobs and elements to ensure no parts are lost during the move.
  5. Tape the door securely shut.

Cleaning and Preparing Your Dishwasher

  1. Empty and clean dishwasher thoroughly by running it with hot water and some detergent.
  2. Remove utensil holder/racks and pack separately.
  3. Disconnect and drain hoses; leave the door open for a few days prior to the move.
  4. Place dry hoses wrapped in towels and packing paper in the dishwasher or inside a carton.
  5. Clean and pack your washer and dryer.
  6. Washer and dryer units require special handling, refer to the owner’s manual or contact the manufacturer.
  7. Remove all hoses and pack in a separate box.
  8. For the washer, secure the drum. Consult the manual for instructions.

Storage Solutions for Appliances

If you’re moving your appliances before your arrival, storage solutions are a great option in the interim. Even during a local move, there might be downtime between houses, and purchasing storage can be an easy way to save space, money, and stress trying to figure out where you can store your larger belongings in the meantime.

Searching for Professional Movers? Contact Matco Moving Solutions for Local Moving Services

Moving can be a breeze when you partner with professionals. Matco Moving Solutions has been providing local moving and storage services across Canada for over 55 years.

Looking for help with your upcoming move? Contact us today for a free moving quote.

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