There are some pieces of furniture that you might move every day, without even thinking about it—when you reposition the ottoman, for example, or tuck the folding chairs away.
But when it comes time to move bigger, heavier, household items, it’s not so simple. If you need to move whitegoods into, out of, or around your home, there’s lot’s to consider. What’s the best way to move things like:
At WridgWays, we’ve moved more whitegoods than we can count. We know how to prepare and move whitegoods safely and efficiently. To help you do it like the pros, we’ve put together the following guide.
Moving whitegoods incorrectly can be hazardous, not only for your expensive electrical products, but for your body and home. No matter which whitegood you’re moving, it’s important to keep the following in mind:
Warning: Be careful not to scrape any walls or doorways while moving whitegoods into or out of a rental property. This can damage the premises and jeopardise your bond. If you’re not confident about your ability to move whitegoods without damaging your premises or appliances, it will likely be cheaper to book a professional mover.
The process of moving a fridge or a freezer actually starts a few days before the relocation. To prevent unpleasant smells, you should defrost these appliances well ahead of time.
On average, a fridge weighs over 100 kg. It’s not a job for just one person. In fact, if at all possible, manual handling should be avoided; this is a job for a trolley.
Unless you’re working with a tiny little bar fridge, do not attempt to move the appliance up or down stairs on your own. Even a small misstep could spell disaster.
After you move the fridge, you should wait a while before turning it on. It takes time for the compressor oil to settle. The exact amount of time required will vary, depending on the size of the unit, but on average you should allocate around four hours.
Before you remove a washing machine, make sure it is empty, clean and dry. Then:
A washing machine isn’t usually quite as heavy as a fridge, but you should still make use of industry best practices for moving; correct lifting technique, a trolly, and supervision.
A dishwasher is one of the most complicated whitegoods to move. Unlike a washing machine or a fridge, a dishwasher is more likely to just stay at a residence when you move.
If you are moving a dishwasher, however, you’ll need to be mindful of the following things:
Then, after all that, there’s the complicated matter of reinstalling the dishwasher at the new location.
WridgWays Removalists is an established local, interstate and international removalist with the years of experience necessary for a smooth, easy move. WridgWays Removalists has 125 years of experience moving Australian families.
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