If you are hiring professional movers they will usually, or at least SHOULD, know the ins and outs of moving your home appliances. If you’re going the DIY route, it’s a good idea to look at the appliance manuals and do a little research on each appliance.
We’ve put together some tricks of the trade that will prevent you or your movers from making some of the common mistakes that Houston movers have made over the years when moving home appliances.
#1 Do ALWAYS use clips for front loader washer and dryers
If you don’t do this, these typically expensive items will not work in your next house. This is a very simple way to ruin a very pricey device. Since front load washers and dryers are a little more rare than the typical top load versions, take care to watch that your movers use the clips to secure the inside of the appliances well before the move.
#2 Do take your food out of your fridge
Your fridge can and will be moved by your mover, but it needs to be emptied at least a day before the move and turned off to defrost.
#3 Don’t expect your mover to disconnect or reconnect a gas powered appliance
Common appliances that clients want movers to disconnect/reconnect are gas stoves or dryers. Federal law prohibits the tampering of flammable items. You have to do that yourself or hire a professional plumber. This is something that often causes the inconvenience of figuring it out last minute.
#4 Do tell your moving company weight on large household items
You should also tell you movers the number of large items they will be moving. This is important because most moving companies charge an additional fee for anything considered “overweight” and this is typically 300 pounds or more.
#5 Do explain the make and model of your stove to the moving company
There are different ways to move different types of stoves and the movers will be better prepared if they are aware of which type they will be dealing with.
#6 Don’t assume your large commercial grade appliance will be an easy move
Even if you’re using movers, moving a large appliance can be a difficult task. They are usually very heavy and hard to move. Most moving companies come with a truck and 3 men or a truck and 2 guys, but depending on how large your appliance is more men may be needed or a truck larger than the standard moving truck may be necessary.
#7 Do expect that your washer and dryer can be moved if they are common models
Any professional mover is trained and ready to move your large household appliance. If they say they need to charge additional fees for normal sized household appliances, see this as a red flag and take caution when booking a mover. However, you should know that even though many movers will reconnect and disconnect washers and dryers they are are not professionals in these areas.
#8 Do expect your mover to provide proper protection for your large appliance
Any professional mover should keep your appliances well protected with shrink wrap or padded blankets.
#9 Do ensure that your washing machine’s agitator doesn’t get thrown out of balance
Have something to put around the washing machine’s agitator (the nifty part of your washer that makes it spin) to keep it from spinning around during the move and getting thrown off balance, which can damage the functionality of your washing machine.
If you have any other questions about the proper methods of moving large household appliances know that you can stop by our office or give us a call 7 days a week! We’ll also answer any other questions you may have about the moving process!