How to prepare your kitchen appliances for the move?

Is your relocation drawing near and you’re unsure how to handle your appliances? If this is your first move, it’s only natural that you’ll be a bit confused with the whole packing process. And while you can easily hire professionals to pack your drawers and shelves, it is you who’ll need to prepare your kitchen appliances on your own. Each of the appliances you have in your kitchen serves its unique purpose and operates in a unique way. With this in mind, you’ll need to follow a certain number of steps in order to prepare them for relocation. It’s not as simple as just throwing them in a box, but far from a complicated process as well. Read on and we’ll guide you through it!

Inspect the kitchen carefully

First off, you need to be aware that in order to prepare your kitchen appliances for relocation, you will need to know what you’re doing. You can’t take this lightly, especially if you’re hurrying to organize a last-minute move, as there is the risk of damaging your devices, which inevitably results in unnecessary expenses. Thankfully, you’re reading this article, which means you’re on your way to figuring out how each of the appliances should be handled. However, before going into details and beginning the actual preparations, make a quick inspection of each device. Here’s a couple of important questions to think about while you’re getting ready for your move:

  • Is the device in good condition?

  • Is it worth moving if you’re planning on replacing in with a new piece?

  • Does the new place come with kitchen appliances?

  • Will your old appliance fit the décor of your new place?

In this way, you will separate the wheat from the chaff. You’ll know which ones you’re definitely taking with you, while the rest you can donate or even recycle.

a checklist
Devise a checklist before you prepare your kitchen appliances to account for any damage

Start with the fridge

Believe it or not, the fridge is one of those items people usually forget to prepare ahead of the move. It’s also one of the most frequently asked questions moving consultants get. Don’t worry, it’s quite a simple process, but it does require some forethought and planning ahead to ensure your fridge is defrosted. A week prior to the move, try and get creative with your meals in order to use up all perishable food. The rest you can put in a cooler box until you arrive at your new apartment. Once you’ve emptied it out, de-freeze it at least a day prior to relocation. Give it a good clean and take apart the shelves and drawers, especially if they are made of glass. This type of kitchenware can easily get broken during transportation, so don’t try your luck as replacement parts can be hard to find. Of course, if you hire a reputable moving company like Hansen Bros. Moving and Storage, they will have all the necessary equipment such as flat strings for tying the fridge doors. This way, you will not only prepare your kitchen appliances for the move but also protecting them during transportation.

food you need to getout of the fridge before you prepare your kitchen appliances for relocation
Removing all perishable food prior to moving your refrigerator is a must

Prepare the dishwasher for moving

The next appliance we need to prepare before the relocation is a dishwasher. All units must be emptied out and the rack should be removed and packed separately as well. It goes without saying that it can also use some cleaning.  In any case, it’s better to do it before the move and have it ready for usage in your new home. Even if it’s just a local move, it’s still a big step and no one wants to spend their first days in their new home cleaning. When it comes to disconnecting and handling the washer and dryer units, it’s best that you consult the manual. Leave the dishwasher’s door open for a couple of days before packing it. This will allow all surplus water to completely dry. Only then should you disconnect the machine and remove all hoses. While packing the washer, pay special attention to securing the drum to avoid any potential damage during transportation. The rest of the process should be left to the professionals, as a dishwasher is a rather expensive appliance. You’re just one call away from a professional moving company, so when you need some assistance for your cross country move, don’t hesitate to get help.

Dishwasher units need to be emptied and the utensil holder/rack removed and packed separately. It’s a good idea to clean the unit if needed. Run a cycle then let the unit dry before you tape the door closed.

What about the stove?

We now move on to yet another one of the bigger kitchen appliances you own. If the thought of preparing your stove for relocation seems daunting, it’s time to stop worrying – it’s actually quite simple. As with the previous two appliances, the first step is a thoroughly clean it. After all, you don’t want any grease stains to ruin other items while in transport, right? The other reason is that you want a new, shiny start since you’re moving to a new apartment, so it’s better to do it sooner rather than later. You can either remove the racks inside the stove or fasten them so they are secured during transport. Unplug the stove from the wall outlet and shut off the gas line in case it uses gas. If your stove goes with some detachable parts such as a burner pan, remove all of them and pack them separately in a cushioned box. All that’s left, your movers will do for you, and you can even request packing services from them in case you’re unsure how to handle your appliances.

Use original packaging boxes when packing your oven for the move

Preparing smaller kitchen appliances for relocation

It’s easy to get caught up in trying to prepare kitchen appliances that take up a lot of space and forget about the smaller ones. The coffee machine, for example, also needs to be prepared before the move. The simple act of removing the coffee beans and emptying the water tray does the trick, so all that’s left is packing the appliance in a box. In case you still have original packaging somewhere in your attic, now is the time to use it.

Another one of the kitchen appliances that are easy to overlook is a microwave. But even if you remember it at the last minute, there’s no need to worry as it’s definitely easiest to relocate. Once you’ve cleaned it, all you need to do is unplug it and put it in a box. You can even transport it with the plate inside, provided you’ve fastened it.

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