😓Is there any task boring than moving?
Packing up everything you own and putting it in boxes to cart to a new location can be stressful and overwhelming — especially if it’s been years since you’ve moved and you’ve had time to accumulate a whole lot of possessions. And that’s not even taking into account the sheer physical labour involved in bending, lifting, twisting and carrying heavy loads and awkwardly sized items.
When it comes to moving, getting your kitchen appliances where they need to go is one of the trickiest tasks. And the queen of difficult appliances is definitely your refrigerator. It’s big and bulky, but it’s also got some delicate parts that need to have cared for the right way to avoid possible damage.
So whether you’re planning to pack up a side-by-side French door model with a built-in ice maker and all the bells and whistles or a tiny mini-fridge from your dorm room, make sure you know what you’re doing. Here’s how to take care of your old fridge as you move to your new home.
Your Step-by-Step Guide for Moving Your Refrigerator
Your Step-by-Step Guide for Moving Your Refrigerator
1. Get Prepped
You could gather a few specific moving supplies to make the job easier. In addition to your handy measuring tape, you’ll also need the following items: Before you even think about moving your refrigerator, you need to grab a measuring tape and make sure it will fit in its new spot. That means you need to measure the length, width and height of your fridge, plus several other locations. Measure all the doorways you’ll need to pass through on your way out of your old place and into the moving truck; then measure all the doors in your new location. This will help you plan an appropriate route so you don’t get stuck anywhere along the way.
a moving dolly or hand truck
strong rope and/or moving straps with ratchets
cleaning supplies, including a sponge, dish soap, sponges, baking soda, etc.
padded moving blankets
newspaper, brown craft paper and/or bubble wrap
Once you have everything you need, you’re ready to get started.
2.Clean It Out
Pro Tip: Plan several weeks in advance to use up the food in your fridge and freezer. Plan your menu around your remaining items so you can waste as little as possible. Eat out when you run out of food. Even a small refrigerator will feel heavy when you have to carry it to a new location, so lighten up by emptying it completely. Start by removing any exterior decorations and the magnets that hold them in place. Then it’s time to open up the fridge and get rid of the contents. If you have a place to store items in a friend’s refrigerator, great. If not, you’ll have to give away the food or get rid of it.
3.Clean It Up
Once the fridge is empty, unplug it and open it up. Now’s the time to roll up your sleeves and start scrubbing. Remove all the shelves and drawers that will come out and scrub them down with soap and water, using baking soda as a mild abrasive to scour away any stuck-on grime. Rinse and allow to dry thoroughly.
Next, use a soapy sponge to clean the interior walls of the refrigerator and a damp cloth to rinse it. You may need to buff it dry, or you can let it dry out on its own overnight.
Repeat the cleaning for the freezer as well. Allow the whole appliance to thoroughly defrost and wipe it dry before continuing.
4. Secure the Door and Cord
Pro Tip: Packing tape can harm the finish of your appliances, so apply it sticky side up. You’ll need a friend to hold the end while you wrap the tape around for the first time. When you get to the starting point, be sure to layer the tape over the end so it holds itself in place. You can cover the exposed sticky tape with strips of newspaper to keep it from sticking to other items in transit. You definitely don’t want your refrigerator or freezer doors to fall open during the move, so use your rope, moving straps or packing tape to wrap around the whole body of the appliance and hold them closed.
(Wrap the power cord with a zip tie and secure it to the side of the fridge with tape so you don’t trip on it or get it caught during the move.)
5. Protect the Fridge
Traditional white and black appliances don’t have fragile finishes, but stainless steel, colored enamel and black stainless can be scratched. Protect your investment by wrapping it with a blanket covering, or at least cover the front doors with newspaper or craft paper. Don’t forget the door handles, which can easily be wrapped in paper as well.
6. Lift It Up, Move It Out
The hardest part will be getting down any steps or up the ramp into the moving truck. This is where your friends — the spotters — are crucial. Go slowly and stabilize the appliance as you go to keep it in place. Now for the hard part. Get a friend or two to help you slide the fridge away from the wall and toward the dolly. Slide the flat base of the moving dolly under the fridge. Tip the dolly toward you to lift the fridge up while your friends stand on either side to keep it centered as you move and to be your eyes if you can’t see straight ahead. Once you’ve tipped the dolly, you’ll be able to roll it forward. It can be a little hard to start, but it gets better as you build momentum.
When you have it in the truck, make sure there’s room for it to stay upright for the trip. It’s best to put it in the back corner of the cargo van where you can tie it in place with additional rope or straps.
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