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Moving a washing machine can be a difficult and daunting process, but if you know what you are doing and approach it in the right way, you should be able to move a washing machine easily in no time at all.

What do you need to move a washing machine?

Moving a washing machine mostly requires keen wits, careful attention to detail and a determination to succeed, but you will also need the following equipment:

Transit bolts (ideally)
A trolley or dolly
Tape (for securing loose wires and pipes)
Ratchet strap, rope or wire
A vehicle with washing machine-sized storage (if moving long distance)

Step One: Disconnecting a washing machine

When transporting a washing machine, the first step is usually the most difficult. Before you can move your washing machine from place to place, you have to deal with the murky waters of washing machine plumbing.

You can disconnect and reconnect your washing machine to the plumbing yourself but if you’re inexperienced it may be best to get in a professional plumber.

If you choose to unplumb the washing machine yourself, the first thing you need to do is turn off its water valves. These are usually red and blue, located in the wall behind the machine.

Then you can unplug the machine from the socket and secure the cable to it using tape.

Even though your wash cycle will likely include a ‘drain’ stage, most washing machines will have approximately one pint of water left over from each wash which you will need to drain, or you’re likely to get your courier’s van a bit wet! To do this, remove the drain hose from the drain and allow the excess water to run into a saucepan or bucket. Then tape the hose to the machine and you are ready for step two.

Step two: Moving a washing machine short distances

When transporting a washing machine, it is best to use the original transit packaging or transit bolts that came with it. Instructions on assembling this will be found in the machine’s instruction booklet.

Most homeowners understandably will not have kept their machine’s original transit packaging and that’s okay; there are ways of moving a washing machine without transit bolts.

Important tips to remember when moving your washing machine:

Keep the door closed to stop it falling off
Tape down wiring to stop it getting tangled
Tie machine to the trolley to keep it upright

The most important thing to remember when moving the machine is to keep it upright. This stops any residual water from getting into the machine’s electrical wiring and damaging it.

To keep it upright you can wrap the machine in a blanket or towel and tie it to a trolley, also known as a dolly. The dolly will ensure you do not damage your flooring by scraping the machine across the floor. This is especially a concern when moving a washing machine on vinyl flooring.

Washing machines can be heavy, so when lifting yours onto your trolley, make sure you are lifting safely, and ask somebody else for help if you think you will have any trouble.

If you are only moving your washing machine from one room to another, wheel it to its new destination now. If that new destination happens to be up or down some stairs, you cannot continue moving the machine on your own. Ideally, you should be working with a removal expert who has a stair dolly. If not, lift the machine from either end and carry it up or down the stairs slowly and carefully. Try to keep it upright as you do so to minimize damage.

If you are taking your washing machine further afield—to your new house, for example—then wheel it outside and read on.

Step three: Transporting a washing machine by vehicle

The likelihood is that your washing machine will not fit comfortably in your car. Especially if it is still secured upright, which it always should be. For this purpose, then, it is often advisable to enlist the help of professional couriers.

With a courier service, you will not have to move the washing machine by yourself, as drivers can help with lifting and placing the machine into place as well.

During the drive, you (or your courier) should try to avoid bumps in the road as much as possible, as this could damage the washing machine’s delicate engineering. When you arrive at your destination, unload the machine carefully and wheel it into its new position.

Step four: Reconnecting a washing machine

Just as you disconnected the machine’s plumbing in the first step, you need to re-plumb the washing machine into the pipes in its new position. Again, if you are not confident on this point, hire a professional plumber to help you out.

At the very least, re-plumbing the machine should consist of reattaching the taps, plugging it in and running at least two test rinse cycle with no clothes inside to make sure it doesn’t leak, drains properly, and that it wasn’t damaged in the move. Other checks depend on whether your drain hose is connected under the sink or pushed into another vertical standpipe.

Drain hose connected under the sink – ensure there isn’t a run between the drain hose and washing machine as this can allow dirty water to enter the washing machine.

Drain hose connected by another standpipe – make sure the waste water pipe is vertical and don’t push the drain hose too deep into the wastewater pipe.

After one or two test cycles, your washing machine will be ready for laundry once again.

If you’re in need of washing machine transport, our professional heavy and large item couriers can provide a flexible, cost-effective and seamless service. We’ll connect you with the perfect transport team for your requirements and provide expert advice along the way. Get in touch and allow us to take the weight off your shoulders.

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