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How to Move a Refrigerator: 3 Tips You Need to Know

How to Move a Refrigerator

When it comes to moving house, packing is the most involving aspect you’ll have to deal with. Besides the house hunting, that is…

Narrow that down a bit and you find that as far as the individual rooms in your home go, the kitchen happens to be one of the most notorious to pack. That’s due to the sensitivity of the items themselves – you know, dishware and all.

It becomes an even more intricate affair when you consider the kitchen also happens to hold some of the heaviest items in your house; heavy and delicate at the same time: your kitchen appliances like the refrigerator and oven cooker, for instance.

For this reason, the kitchen often warrants handling by professional hands. That’s why it makes more sense than not to enlist the services of local moving company to do the packing and heavy lifting if you want to minimize the risk of damage that comes with handling these items by yourself.

Refrigerators in particular pose a big challenge when moving, triple so if we are talking the massive Sub-Zero and Viking models which we would strongly recommend to move with the help of professional movers.

It doesn’t mean moving refrigerators is only a preserve of moving professionals, although if you can swing it, that’s obviously the best option. If you prefer going it alone, however, you very well can, providing you follow a few best practices that will ensure your fridge arrives at its new home in one piece.

Here are three tips you especially need to know about.

Moving a refrigerator requires the right supplies

Unless you have a few friends who are professional weightlifters and are happy to take on the task head on, it’s important to gather the supplies needed to successfully move a fridge before you embark on the heavy lifting.

It can be a bummer when you have to start the move only to find out midway that you are missing this or that – the dolly probably can’t take the fridge (given the size of the refrigerator) or the rope isn’t big enough.

Here are some of the essential tools and supplies you’ll need to have on hand when moving a refrigerator:

  • Large appliance dolly
  • Moving straps or rope
  • Measuring tape
  • Moving blankets
  • Packing tape
  • Scissors
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Labels or marker

An extra pair of hands is another key resource you need to have. Due to the weight and size of refrigerators, it is not a good idea to move them on your own – even with all tools and supplies at the ready.

Have someone to lend a hand for when you’ll be moving it out of the current home as well as in your new abode.

Figuring out the best way to pack the refrigerator

This involves determining the best way to pack up your refrigerator for transport. It’s good to pay particular attention here as overlooking this could have unwanted consequences such as damage on the road or safety concerns.

So, what is the best way to pack a fridge for moving?

For standard models, start by coiling up the power cords and then using packing tape to secure the cords to the fridge. You can wrap the cords in a layer of plastic wrap first before applying the tape if you are concerned about taping them directly.

With that done, seal the doors shut with packing tape. Next, take your moving blankets and wrap the entire refrigerator with them, using moving straps or bungees to secure the blankets in place.

Readying the refrigerator for transport

This is a tricky step that needs extra caution. You will need the assistance of both your helper and appliance dolly.

First, slide the dolly under the unit from the side, keeping the fridge vertical (never turn the fridge on its side).

Then, maneuver the fridge onto the base of the dolly until you get it in an upright position. It’s a good idea to secure the refrigerator to the dolly, particularly if there are any stairs involved. So, take your moving straps and get to work.