How to Prepare Your Major Appliances for a Move


Packing and moving is almost always a little stressful and chaotic, but for the most part we all know how to approach it.  Wrap delicate items, box things up, and label it all so you can find it later.  But what do you do if you’re bringing your major appliances with you?

If you’re planning to bring your major appliances with you when you move, there are a few things that you need to do before the big day even if you’ll have some help from professional movers.

General Preparation

No matter the appliance make sure it is clean –  Clean off any grease or debris that may be on the exterior of your appliances.  If you don’t, they’re likely to collect dust/dirt and could possibly transfer onto anything else it may come in contact with.

Make sure that they are dry –  Mold and mildew can make there way into your appliances relatively quickly, so you want to take care to fully dry the interior and exterior to avoid any unwanted surprises once you’ve settled in.

Check your Owner’s Manual – Most owner’s manuals will include specific instructions for moving appliances.  You can typically also contact the manufacturer or dealer for further instructions.

Secure any doors or loose parts – Secure any doors or power cords with packing tape and remove any loose shelves or parts to avoid loss or damage.

Individual Appliances


When it comes to individual appliances, there are a few things that you can do yourself in preparation for the move.  There are also a few things that need to be taken care of by a trained technician.

Dishwasher – After cleaning your dishwasher, wipe it down to get it as dry as possible.  Unplug the appliance and leave the door open for 24 hours so ensure that it is dry.  Contact a service technician to fully disconnect/service the appliance.  Before moving, be sure there is no water left in the hoses and wrap them with towels or packing paper.

Washing Machine  –  Unplug the washer and shut off the water.  Once disconnected, drain and disconnect the hoses then wrap them with towels or packing paper.  After cleaning, leave the door open to dry. Before moving the washer, have it serviced to secure the tub.  This may involve installing shipping bolts, a foam brace, or some other variation of moving kit depending on the model (they’re typically fairly inexpensive).

Dryer – Unplug the appliance and make sure that the interior and exterior are clean, including the lint filter.  Leave the door open to help ensure it is dry.  If you have a gas dryer, you will need to contact your local gas provider to have them shut off and cap the gas lines as well as a technician to disconnect the dryer.

Range/Stove – Unplug the appliance and make sure that the appliance is clean and dry, leaving the oven open to fully dry the interior. Pack away any removable parts such as the burner grates/coils, caps, and oven racks and tape down the knobs.  If you have a gas range, you’ll want to contact your local gas provider and have them disconnect and cap the gas line as well as a technician to have them disconnect the range.

Refrigerator/Freezer – Unplug the appliance and if applicable disconnect the water.  Remove any shelves or drawers that you can and defrost the freezer (find out how here).  Wipe down the interior and exterior and leave the door(s) open for at least 24 hours.  Secure any loose parts.

*After moving – let the refrigerator settle for at least 24 hours before reconnecting.  If you have an ice maker, after reconnecting dump your first few bins of ice.

After Moving – We strongly recommend having a service technician or installer reconnect your appliances, especially in the case of gas appliances to ensure that everything is working safely and properly.

We hope you found this post helpful!  Be sure to like and share it with a friend and if you have any questions, comments, or additional tips feel free to leave them in the comments.  And don’t forget to visit for any of your appliance parts needs.

Written by: Sarah Walker

2 thoughts on “How to Prepare Your Major Appliances for a Move

  1. Luke McMasters

    Taking out all of the removable parts is the most important thing you can do. Our last move was accented by the shattering of all of the refrigerator’s glass shelves. If you aren’t sure, hire some professional appliance movers, even if it’s a new appliance being moved into the house.

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