Moving is hard work. If you have got a quote from your movers for transporting large household appliances such as refrigerators and dishwashers, at least you can rest easy in the knowledge that your movers will handle that aspect of the job for you. You can make things go a little more smoothly for your movers by preparing the appliances before moving day.
The first thing to do is talk to the movers to ask whether they have any particular advice regarding how you should prepare your large appliances for the move. If not, here are a few general tips that should help your large appliances reach their new home safely.
Some appliances, such as gas dryers and refrigerators with ice makers or water dispensers may have to be professionally disconnected. Make sure this is done before the day of the move. All appliances should be as clean and dry as possible.
Take any food out of your freezer or refrigerator and use it up or give it away. It does not make sense to transport perishable food, as it is likely to be spoiled and inedible by the time it reaches your new home. Clean the refrigerator and take out any removable shelves or trays and pack them.
Do your laundry a few days before you move, so you can drain your washing machine and give it time to dry. To help your movers transport your washing machine safely, remove any accessories and pack them separately. Fill the washing machine with towels to prevent the tub from being rattled during the move. You can place the hose of a dryer in the dryer basket ready for the move.
You can use packing tape to ensure the doors of your appliances remain shut during the move. If an electrical cord comes lose, it could present a hazard for your movers, so be sure to tape each cord securely to its appliance.