Moving appliances is one of the toughest parts of moving because not only are they extremely large and heavy, but they can also be unwieldy and delicate. While appliances can be moved by amateurs, it’s our reputation here at Nichol’s Moving in Slidell that makes us a popular and reliable choice to move appliances. A few months ago we posted on moving a piano, and today we bring you this post on the best way to move a refrigerator.
Getting the Fridge Prepared for the Move
Before any moving is actually done, a few things need to be removed from the inside of the refrigerator. First, any food items within the fridge and freezer should be moved to another location or thrown away. Then, the fridge should be unplugged and defrosted, which usually takes at least 8 hours. After it’s defrosted, it should be cleaned and any excess liquid accumulation should be wiped out. Also, shelves, doors and drawers should be removed or securely fastened to the inside of the refrigerator. Ideally, you would secure the electrical cord to the fridge and use rope to tie the doors shut.
Moving the Fridge Out of Your House
Once it’s been emptied and secured, the fridge can be safely removed from your house. It should first be moved away from the wall, so it can be tipped onto a dolly without damaging the wall. Slide the dolly underneath and fasten the fridge to it with the straps. This will ensure it maintains fixed to the moving device. Next, you need to enlist the help of some friends to slowly tip the fridge backward while you hold the end of the dolly with the handle and wheels. Once it’s in the moving position on the dolly, it should easily roll out of the kitchen.
Getting the Fridge Downstairs or On the Truck
If you live on the second story, getting the fridge down a flight of stairs can be challenging if you don’t know what you’re doing. The key is to give it a lot of support. Move the dolly with the fridge one step at a time with several people making sure each step is taken smoothly. Also, when you roll it up a truck ramp or place it on the elevator, make sure you have others there to support the additional weight.
Unloading the Fridge and Getting It Settled
Once the fridge is transported to your new house in its upright position, it’s time to unload it. Put it back on the dolly and roll it carefully to its new location. Before plugging it back in, you should let it sit for a few hours to allow the cooling fluids to reacquaint themselves. Also, after you plug the refrigerator back in, it may take some time to cool.
As you can see from these simple-sounding instructions, if done correctly, moving a fridge can be quick and painless. We at Nichol’s Moving in Slidell have moved appliances hundreds of times, so if you’re looking for security and professionalism, give us a call.