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You might be the most well organised person in the world, but that won’t change the fact that moving house on your own can be hard work. Having to shift your heavy furniture can be difficult enough, but your kitchen appliances can present an even bigger challenge. Not only do you need to know how to disconnect them correctly, but you will also need to be able to store them safely in order to avoid damaging them. Worst yet, you could end up doing a number on the property’s utilities, which can be hugely expensive to repair on short notice.

Luckily, the instructions for most appliance models can be found online, as long as you have the make and serial number. Remember, the rules between appliances can vary significantly, so working according to the correct instructions is absolutely essential.

Of course, you don’t necessarily have to do everything yourself. Most removal companies will be able to provide enough DIY know-how for their removers to be able to disconnect everything without any trouble. They will also be able to provide all the manpower to get everything to your new home in one piece, as well as the insurance to transport it all safely.

Depending on what type of appliances you have, your remover may need to call out for a plumber, electrical or gas engineer. In this case, be sure to ask how much it will cost, then compare it with other local providers to make sure that you can get a good deal.

Rather than lugging your appliances to your new home, you could also choose to sell, recycle or even freecycle them. With most white goods, you should have no trouble finding new owners, provided that what you are getting rid of is still in a decent condition.

An important thing to get out of the way right now is that you cannot simply dump your white goods in order to get rid of them. If you cannot find a new home for them, get in contact with a local white goods recycling company, or ask your local authority of there is a free service for you to make use of.

How to Move Kitchen Appliances

How to move an oven

When trying to move an oven it is very easy to end up damaging your floor, as well as the appliance itself. Remember, if your oven is mounted to a wall, do not attempt to move it on your own. Instead, contact a professional electrician or gas engineer as appropriate.

For an electrical oven, start by turning switching it off at the wall and removing the plug. With a gas oven, you will also need to find the attached gas line and switch off the main valve. This can usually be found at the point where the gas line meets the wall.

Next, remove any detachable parts from the oven. This includes the hob grades and inner shelves (as long as they are cool, of course!) Cover these pieces in towels or protective packaging, then put them away in a clearly marked box.

Using a dolly, lift and slide the oven out of its space by the wall. Be sure to have a friend keeping the back of the oven steady, or it may drag and scratch your floor.

How to move a washing machine

When transporting a washing machine, it is usually best to have the original packaging if possible. Failing this, you will need to provide a secure alternative. Usually, a professional remover will be able to provide the necessary packaging. While this can mean an additional fee, it will be worth it to keep an expensive piece of equipment safe.

You will need to start by turning off the plug at the wall, then remove it. Next, coil up the cord and attach it to the washing machine with tape to stop it from getting in the way.

The next step will be to turn the water valves clockwise in order to shut off the water supply to the washing machine. The next step will get a bit wet, so have a mop and bucket on hand!

Do you see the screws keeping the hose attached to the washing machine? Turn these anticlockwise, then pull out the hose and hold it over the bucket. Hold it in place until the water drains out completely. Be sure to clean up any spells as quickly as possible to prevent any injuries.

Once you have the hoses, cables and plugs all detached, tape them to the washing machine or place them in clearly marked boxes. Be sure not to get the electrical pieces wet, or you could face trouble later on.

You will want to remove your washing machine by lifting it onto your dolly and sliding it out. Next, have someone place a large towel underneath the machine to prevent it from damaging the floor if you drop it. When transporting the washing machine on the dolly, be sure to always keep it upright.

How to move a dishwasher

This might sound obvious, but when removing a dishwasher the first thing that you will want to do is to take out any dishes or crockery from inside. You might think that you can save time by just leaving them in there, but this will most likely end up breaking them or even doing serious damage to your dishwasher.

Once the dishwasher is empty, run it through a clean wash to get it completely spotless. The next step will be to take out any shelves or baskets from inside and leaving them somewhere to dry. Be sure to pack these away in a clearly marked box before you start your move.

Most dishwashers are embedded into kitchens, typically next to sinks or washing machines. You will need to remove the screws or bolts holding yours in place, but ideally not before turning the machine off at the wall and unplugging it.

Once the washing machine is detached, you can begin slowly sliding it out. If you have not turned the machine off and unplugged it yet, do so now. The instructions should let you know how to remove the water hose.

When you have the dishwasher disconnected, tape any loose wires or tubing down, then wrap the machine itself in protective packaging. Next, secure everything down with rope. Remember, you do not want the covering to shift during the move!

How to move a fridge

If you want to move a fridge freezer, start by emptying it of any food, liquids, shelves, drawers, egg trays and so on. If it has a freezer section, you will also need to leave it to defrost for six to eight hours (be sure to leave a towel out to soak up the water!). Once the pieces are removed, use towels to wrap them up or place them in clearly labelled boxes.

The next step will be to turn the fridge off at the outlet and then unplug it. Coil the wire up, then tape it to the fridge itself. If the fridge has an ice cube maker, refer to your manual to find out how to safely disconnect its hose.

Tie a bungee-cord around the fridge in order to secure the doors. Avoid using tape, as this may ruin the finish on the fridge.

When moving the fridge itself, if there are any stairs whatsoever, then make sure that you have at least one other person helping you. During the transport, store the fridge on the side that lacks any door hinges. Do not lie it on its back, or you could end up damaging the fridge.

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