Let’s play a little word association game. When we say moving house what are the first words that comes to mind? If you thought something along the lines of “excitement” or “new home” that’s great. But if words like “stress” and “disruption” sprung to mind then we feel your pain.
From packing to signing contracts the actual moving process can feel like one big chore. (Or about 100 small ones, whichever way you choose to look at it.) To make your life just that little bit easier we’ve put together some of our best advice to help you avoid any appliance mishaps in transit.
Top Tips for Moving Large Appliances
- Heavy appliances can scratch tiles and leave grooves in linoleum if they’re dragged along the floor. Keep your floors undamaged; pop appliance rollers with wheels under your machines. Failing that a thick piece of cardboard or a carpet cut off placed underneath your oven, fridge or washing machine will help you can slide it out smoothly.
- Remove shelves, trays and other detachable sections and wrap them separately. Your appliance will be lighter and your trays will be protected – win-win!
- Tie appliance doors firmly closed with strong parcel string or rope so they don’t swing open and get damaged. (You can tie bubble wrap to your glass oven door for extra protection.)
- Time to come clean, are your appliances sparkling right now? Give your machines a scrubbing before transportation. Otherwise dust and dirt will stick to your greasy cooker hob or that sticky fabric conditioner spill on your washing machine you keep meaning to wipe off.
Fridge and Freezer Moving Tips
- Make sure to use up as much of your food as possible before you move. Some condiments may have to be sacrificed for the greater good.
- Defrost your freezer and the back of your fridge in advance. The alternative? Puddles in the back of the removals van and decidedly soggy furniture.
- Keep your fridge upright wherever possible and take care with the coils at the back of the appliance. If they get damaged of the coolant leaks into a part of your fridge it shouldn’t, that could be the chilling end for your appliance.
- If the direction that your fridge door opens isn’t ideal for your new kitchen layout, did you know you can change it? Here’s Rory demonstrating:
Washing Machines Moving Tips
- When you get a new washing machine delivered it will come with transit bolts keeping the drum in place so your machine doesn’t get damaged in transit. You’ll need to remove these before use; otherwise your washing machine could bounce around violently during the spin cycle, damaging your worktops and terrifying your pets. (And you just a little bit.)
- Be sure to keep these bolts though. That way when you move you can reattach them for the duration of the journey and protect your washer from the pot holes and road bumps along the route to your new pad.
- Plumbing in a washing machine is usually reasonably straightforward, so look into connecting your machine up yourself, before paying unnecessarily to hire someone in to do it. With our video how-to guide you’ll be tackling the laundry pile before you know it.
Same goes for installing your dishwasher too.
Top Tips for Moving Small Appliances
- If you’re the organised type now’s your time to shine. All those original boxes and pieces of packaging you kept religiously will come in handy now.
- No original boxes? No problem, wrap your toaster and microwave up in clean tea towels, bubble wrap or kitchen towel instead to stop them from getting scratched.
- If a cable is yanked or crushed in the hubbub of a house move it could affect the power supply to your appliance and stop it from working. Tie up cables with rubber bands and tape to your appliance to prevent cable mishaps. You’ve got the power!
Although moving can be a super stressful time, there’s light at the end of the tunnel. When you’re all settled into your brand new home with all of your appliances in perfect condition you can finally breathe a sigh of relief. But in the meantime here are some more handy house moving tips.