Something new, something old – moving appliances to your new home 

When it comes to moving home, you’re probably stressed enough at the thought of sorting out your books, clothes and other collected bric-a-brac, never mind tackling those heavier appliances. Deciding to throw away that outfit you love but haven’t fit in since 2002 can be hard but trying to move your fridge will prove much harder if you don’t have a plan going into it.

moving a fridge

Top tips for heavy items 

Regardless of what you’re moving, if it’s heavy try not to drag it. Heavy appliances will scratch your tiles or leave grooves in laminate flooring. You can buy some handy appliance rollers to help pull any heavy appliances. Cheaper than moving men, and you don’t have to be the Hulk to lift things alone.

If you’re packing anything with shelves or removable sections, take those out and wrap them separately. That way everything will be lighter and easier to move.

Should I bring my heavy appliances with me?

Though potentially more of a judgement call, you should consider leaving household items behind if:

1. They’re old or outdated.

2. They’re broken down or having technical issues. Sometimes it makes more financial sense to buy new than end up spending more on repairs.

3. Your new home comes fitted with more modern appliances.

We all have sentimental attachments or personal preferences for items, so it’s up to you to determine if the cost and hassle of relocating your appliances is worth it.

Moving your fridge freezer 

Before you even start physically moving your hefty fridge/freezer, you should make sure it’s empty. Since we don’t like waste, it’s a great excuse to try out some new weird and wonderful combinations – who knows, you could be the inventor of the new chocolate peanut butter? Not all foods belong in the fridge so you can also try and box up what you can.

Once your fridge is empty, make sure it’s thoroughly defrosted before you start packing it up. If you don’t, you’ll end up with puddles of water in your removal van, which might end up spilling out onto other furniture.  Once defrosted, take out all removable fridge parts and pack them up so they won’t get lost or broken. Secure the door of the fridge with rope or tape to keep it from flinging opening during the move and getting damaged. Keep your fridge upright as much as possible and take care with the coils at the back.

If they get damaged and the coolant leaks into a part of your fridge, you’ll likely need a new fridge to go in your new home. Do your best to keep your refrigerator in an upright position as much as possible. Avoid tipping it excessively or laying it on its sides as that will cause the compressor oil to leak into the cooling mechanism and even possibly damage your appliance. When you get to your new home, don’t plug your fridge in for at least 3 hours so that the oil has the chance to settle inside the cooling mechanism.

Moving a washing machine 

Packing up your washing machine will start with finding the transit bolts. These bolts will always be shipped with a washing machine when it’s first delivered. They keep the drum secure and protected against any damage from being moved. Obviously, these get removed once your washing machine is set up, so dig them out when it’s time to pack up. If you can’t find them, try a DIY store or contact the manufacturer.

You’ll need to drain your washing machine before moving it. To do this put it on a warm wash cycle for about 30 seconds or so, then switch on the spin cycle to get all of the water out through the drain hose. After this, turn off the water supply and then unplug your machine. Simple!

It’s then ready to be taken to your new home. Plumbing for a washing machine is pretty straightforward, so it should be reasonably clear as to what should go where when it comes to setting it up in your new place.

Moving an oven

Whether you have a classic gas cooker or a modern smart oven that lets you change the temperature via WiFi, you’ll want to make sure you’re ready to cook from day one in your new home, unless you fancy takeaways for a week. To take your oven with you, you should first:

Clean it thoroughly before you move. Any grease could make it harder to carry and could also end up on other furniture if it gets on your hands. Pack any glass shelves and other detachable items separately and secure the door shut.  Cover any knobs or buttons with tape to prevent damage.  Gas-powered cookers will need to be disconnected and reconnected by a Gas Safe engineer.