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How to Move Appliances – Tips & Tricks to Avoid Damage

Spring and summer are the busiest times for moving. If you’re moving or looking to move in the near future, you need to be thinking about how to move appliances without damaging floors or the appliances themselves. We’ve got great tips for you to make sure your moving experience is damage-free… at least in the appliance department.

Tips & Tricks: How to Move Appliances Safely

Clean Your New Floors First

Believe it or not, dirt and foreign objects (such as grains of sand or stones) can damage your floors more than the appliance itself. So cleaning your floors before moving appliances should not be overlooked or deprioritized.

Want to know how to move appliances? Sweep and mop the floors where your new appliances will be positioned. This is the best practice for starting clean and fresh and will ensure the path to successful damage-free moving.

Prepare Appliances for Moving

Now that you’ve prepared the home to receive appliances, you need to prep the appliances for moving. Not all appliances are worth the trouble to move to a  new place though. Consider the functionality, age, and overall value of appliances before committing to moving them.

In preparation for how to move appliances, take the following tips into consideration.

Refrigerators: Remove the food from the refrigerator. This is a perfect opportunity to throw away spoiled or expired food items and place the keepers into a cooler until the refrigerator is in its new home.

Clean all the shelving and drawers, refrigerator coils, and door gasket while it’s empty. Measure any door widths where the fridge will be transferred through. If necessary, remove the handle and place inside the refrigerator for safe keeping.

One of the best tips for moving appliances safely: Tape or wrap the doors shut so they can’t swing open during the move.


Turn everything off. Remove the oven racks, range grates and burner covers. Clean the oven, range, grates and burner covers and store safely for moving. If your oven has a glass surface, protect it well with bubble wrap.

Secure the oven knobs with tape and tape or wrap the oven door to keep it closed during the move.


Turn the dishwasher off. Disconnect the input/output hoses and allow to air dry. Leave the door ajar for 24 hours to air dry, then place the hoses inside the dishwasher for safe keeping. Tape or wrap the door shut to prevent it from opening during the move.


Disconnect the washer from the power source. Disconnect the input/output hoses. Leaving the washer door ajar, allow the washer and hoses to air dry for 24 hours. Place the hoses inside the washer for safe keeping and tape or wrap the door shut.


Disconnect from power. Clean the lint trap and vent housing. Tape or wrap the dryer door shut.

Note: It is always recommended to have a qualified technician disconnect gas appliances and cap off gas lines when preparing to move.

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Get Help & Move Your Appliances 

If you’ve been thinking about how to move appliances safely, your thoughts may have traveled to appliance moving equipment. Rightfully so. Having the right equipment makes any job easier if you’re moving yourself. Work smarter not harder, right?

In addition to considering hiring professional movers to do the heavy lifting, your moving list should include a dolly, moving blankets, appliance glides, and appliance moving straps. These items will be invaluable on moving day and you’ll be glad you thought to include them.

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