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Moving Tips for Large Appliances

If you are moving into a new home, chances are you are leaving your existing large kitchen appliances for the new owners. If by chance you have a large investment in your existing appliances, stainless steel or imported and are not willing to let them be part of the sale price of your existing home, then transporting them will be your option to the new house. One thing to keep in mind is that all kitchens are not the same size and measured for appliances not purchased for that kitchen, so make sure everything you plan on transporting will fit into the new spaces provided or you will be re-sizing kitchen space to accommodate your items. Therefore, it is essential that you have a plan and are prepared to move out the kitchen appliance you wish to take. Large bulky items can be very difficult to move so here are some tried and true moving methods recommended to make the task less stressful from North Carolina’s leading moving and storage expert, Tru-Pak Moving Systems. If you are hiring a moving company in Statesville NC, we have been serving your neighbor’s moving needs for over 60 years.

  1. First, disconnect all of the appliances from power and if gas is being used for the stove, have a licensed gas company disconnect and unhook the gas connections.
  2. Make sure to turn off the water connections to the refrigerator, dishwasher, and washing machine. Don’t forget the power to the dryer and remove the dryer vent components carefully.
  3. Next, you need to defrost your refrigerator and we recommend you thoroughly deep clean all appliances: the stove, oven, refrigerator, ice machine and attachments, and of course the freezer.
  4. If you have any peripheral appliances like a wine cabinet, ice maker, or possibly a water cooler those need to be disconnected and cleaned also for boxing and transport.
  5. Make sure you label and secure all cords and water lines attached to the appliance and if they cannot be removed, tape securely to the back of and out of the way of the appliance being moved.

Disconnecting Certain Appliances Prior to the Move

Remember, moving company personnel will not disconnect certain appliances that maybe hardwired or attached to a natural gas hookup. In some cases, many of these movers will not remove appliances that are built-in to walls or into certain kitchen spaces for fear of damaging walls and cabinets. If you have these issues with your appliances, please take the necessary steps to ensure professionals disconnect and remove these items prior to the mover’s arrival. For insurance purposes, moving companies do not want to take the responsibility for certain tasks and we highly recommend you having the right qualified personnel like electricians, contractors, etc. performing certain tasks when removing large kitchen appliances.

1-2 Days Prior to the Move

Defrosting your refrigerator can take some time and effort so it is a good idea to get ahead start and complete the task prior to moving day. Having spilled or standing water from the general cleanup of defrosting needs to be cleaned up so as not to cause any hazards for the movers. Watch out for water being collected by disconnecting water lines as they will surely have some water in them. Drip trays under refrigerators will also need to be drained and cleaned.

If you are removing your washer and dryer you will need to make sure all drain lines and water hookups are disconnected. Also, this is a good time to inspect the water lines being used to ensure they are in good working order. You might want to consider replacing these lines as over time they disintegrate from use. The dryer vent hose is also an overused item that sometimes is overlooked and will certainly need cleaning if not a replacement. If not inspected and defective items replaced, remember moving companies do not carry spare parts of items that should be replaced and need to be hook-up and connect in your new home.

Stoves, electric and gas have components that need to be secure like internal racks and elements. Don’t forget to call the gas company at least a week ahead of moving day to get gas disconnected or your move might be delayed costing your time and money.

Why Choose Tru-Pak Moving Systems

For over 60 years, Tru-Pak Moving has been assisting residents of Statesville NC with professional moving services. We offer affordable moving estimates for residential moves, commercial, business, and office moves, employee relocation services, military personnel change of duty station moves, and much, much more. We offer scalable packing and unpacking services and we always assign a Moving Coordinator and an individualized Moving Team to every move we make, across town or across the nation. We have one of the best reputations in the moving industry for on-time, damage-free deliveries, and customer satisfaction. We are a licensed, bonded, and insured independent agent for United Van Lines. Give us a call for a free, no-obligation moving estimate or moving consultation for your next move at 800-659-1233 ext. Visit our website for a complete list of our services @

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