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How to Move Appliances

Moving a Front-Loading Washer and Dryer:

While many people will tenderly pack dishes, delicately protect family photos, or carefully wrap furniture, they pay almost no mind to their appliances like washers and dryers. This is a mistake. People assume that because a washer and dryer can handle heavy loads of laundry, these appliances can also take quite a pounding during a move. Just like dishes, family photos, and furniture, washers and dryers can be damaged, dented, or even broken if not properly protected. However, the biggest consequence of a poorly moved washer and dryer might not be appliance damage; the greatest risk is actually personal injury. After all, dropped dryers can break toes and poor lifting can injure backs.

To keep yourself and your possessions safe, please follow these moving tips:

Wrap Them Up

Just like furniture, a washer and dryer can be scratched. To protect the finish, make sure you wrap both pieces. Movers blankets, old towels, and even regular plastic wrap all work well.

Watch Out for Water

Just because you’ve turned off the water supply doesn’t mean that there isn’t still water in the washing machine. Make sure that you have a bucket and towels ready to mop up any spillage. Additionally, you may want to lay a plastic trail from the laundry room to the front door. This will keep water that may leak out off rug.

Don’t Rely on Human Strength Alone

While you may think you’re strong, are you really willing to bet the cost of a new washer and dryer on your physical abilities? Rather than risk disaster or injury, use an industrial strength dolly (not a regular every day dolly). Additionally, check that the tires are properly inflated and that all debris is out of the way before you get started. When moving down stairs, position one professional mover on top. His or her job is to guide the appliance down the stairs. Position another professional mover at the bottom of the dolly as a spotter. His or her job is to stabilize the appliance and watch for any indicators that something is going wrong. Move the appliances downstairs one step at a time until you reach the bottom.

Use Professional Movers

There’s a reason why professional movers exist; moving is hard. Besides just the physical exertion, getting your awkward washer and dryer down a narrow hallway, up some stairs, or safely into the truck takes some experience. Without the right tools and knowledge, you’re likely to damage walls, scratch flooring, or dent the appliances. If you need a residential moving company in the Phoenix area, please contact us today for a free moving estimate.