On move day, homeowners start moving out the lightest objects first. Once finished, they transport the heavier items next. When it comes to appliances, the refrigerator is one of the last things they move out of the house.
Refrigerators are fragile appliances that should be transported with care. Since homeowners still need to install these appliances once they’re delivered to the new home, they need to make sure that everything remains intact.
Here are ways to transport a refrigerator safely from the kitchen to the delivery truck:
Defrost then Empty the Contents
A day prior to the scheduled move day, homeowners must unplug the refrigerator and let it defrost. While defrosting, they should remove contents inside the refrigerator such as food and detachable trays. Any perishable items in the refrigerator need to be tossed out if they cannot be consumed right away.
Once defrosting is complete, disinfect the interior of the refrigerator to prevent mildew and mold from growing inside. Homeowners should also detach magnets and other decorative panels pinned on the refrigerator doors.
Securing the Refrigerator
Use either a moving strap or a rope to secure the refrigerator. Using tape is not advisable as this leaves a residue on the refrigerator. It is important that these straps are tied just right as the refrigerator doors may be pulled out of alignment when it’s too tight.
Moving the Refrigerator
This procedure requires the assistance of two people. One person will push the refrigerator using a dolly while the other will guide and gently lift the refrigerator to the delivery truck.
After hooking the refrigerator to the dolly, the person in charge of pushing should tilt the refrigerator carefully and walk slowly. The other person will lift the refrigerator gently when needed and provide directions on where it needs to go.
Precautions should always be taken when moving a refrigerator. Homeowners who are not comfortable with transporting a refrigerator by themselves may contact a moving specialist.