5 MUST-KNOW TIPS FOR MOVING A REFRIGERATOR
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Are you in the process of moving from your current place? Are you taking the refrigerator from your existing home to your new one? If so, then it takes a certain method of precaution to move it safely. Not handling it carefully enough can lead to you destroying your refrigerator, thus costing you hundreds of dollars to purchase a new one. While tedious, following a few simple steps will ensure that your fridge gets from one place to the other unharmed. See below for five tips on moving a refrigerator. Be sure to consider all these tips as you begin the process.
1. CLEAN IT OUT BEFOREHAND
For your refrigerator to be transported as efficiently as possible, it needs to be voided of all the materials inside. Many people make the mistake of cleaning the fridge out right before moving it, not giving it enough time to defrost.
You’ll want to take the day before the big move to turn the fridge off and place all essential food items in a cooler. In fact, to avoid food going bad, you’ll want to plan out eating all perishable foods leading up to that day.
Once you’ve cleared out all the items, use a solution made up of baking soda and water to melt the ice that you might see. Cleaning up the ice and letting the fridge dry out will help prevent leaks while you move it.
If you have a professional moving service coming first thing in the morning, be sure to clean out the fridge the night before.
2. FACTOR THE DOORWAYS IN
Safely moving the refrigerator from home to moving truck will require finding the right door to squeeze it out of. To avoid a fiasco beforehand, you’ll want to measure all your doors to find the best fit.
You also need to measure the doors of the place you’re moving it into. Make sure to do that in the week leading up to the move.
Remember, the objective is to find a door as close to the moving truck as possible that the fridge will fit in. When moving the refrigerator into the other house, you must find a door as close to the kitchen as possible.
Professional movers (if you’ve hired them) will handle your refrigerator as if it were their own. But giving them the shortest passageway will ensure safety for your fridge and everyone involved, helping them avoid injury.
3. CORRECTLY PACK UP YOUR REFRIGERATOR
So many things can go wrong if you don’t carefully pack up your fridge before transporting it. Even something as little as not tying up the cord can lead to someone tripping and dropping the refrigerator as they carry it.
For that reason, you want to make sure that the fridge is as safely packed up as possible. Make sure to start by taking all the power cords and placing them alongside the refrigerator with packing tape.
Keep that packing tape in hand while you seal the fridge doors shut, ensuring they won’t open during the move.
Last, but certainly not least, be sure to cover your refrigerator with blankets, one on the top and one on the bottom. Make sure the blankets are safely in place by using a bungee cord to secure them.
4. TAKE OUT SHELVING
Moving a fridge is a fickle thing. Even the slightest bumps in the road might cause your glass shelving to break while it’s being transported.
Because of that, you’ll want to make sure and provide extra care for that shelving before placing the fridge in the truck. While you’re cleaning out the refrigerator, you’ll want to remove all the glass shelves out of it before packing it up.
While you’re in the cleaning mood, be sure to wipe the shelves down effectively and then pack them up with bubble wrap. Place them in a correctly-sized box and label it as “refrigerator shelves” before closing it up.
If you’re running short on boxes, then you can also carry them inside your car during the transport. That way, you can make sure that they’re safe and sound, not at risk of enduring any bumps along the road.
5. REMOVE OBSTACLES FIRST
Understandably, you’d want to move the refrigerator first, using all of your energy to lift one of the most substantial items that you need to move. However, you need to remove all the obstacles in front of it first.
Whichever items (boxes, furniture, etc.) are in between the fridge and the door it’s going through will need to be packed into the moving truck first. That way, you can ensure they’re out of the way and safely stored before you load up the refrigerator.
Also, you might consider removing a door by taking it off the hinges before starting the process of moving a refrigerator. This will give you as straight a path towards the moving truck without interruptions.
If you feel like you need more experience on your side, then be sure to hire professional movers. They’ve moved hundreds of fridges before, and can do the same for yours!
USE THESE TIPS WHEN MOVING A REFRIGERATOR
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