An appliance poses a challenge for any DIY mover– they are large, heavy, and stubborn. Relocating large items can lead to damage on the floors and walls, or even the appliances itself if moved improperly. Don’t fret! There is no need to call professionals when you can move like a pro yourself. With the proper tools, transporting appliances to the moving truck can be done without a hassle.
The Appliance Dolly
The Appliance Dolly is the answer to all DIY movers struggling with large appliances. It works perfectly to transport refrigerators, washers, stoves, and other heavy items by doubling your moving power. This easy-to-use tool features thick nylon straps and heavy-duty d-rings to safely secure appliances in place. The dolly is equipped with protective rub rails to keep the appliance scratch free. If you have to maneuver your appliance up or down stairs, smooth rolling stair-climbers are there to assist. Watch the video below to see how to use the Appliance Dolly, or click here for step by step instructions.
Forearm Forklift Moving Straps
The Forearm Forklift Moving Straps are another solution to moving appliances. Using two straps, this two-person job doubles your efforts! It is hard to believe that you and a companion can lift that much weight using your forearms, but it is possible to move items that would be impossible to move on your own. The straps adjust to accommodate different size objects so no appliance is left behind. By promoting proper lifting techniques, the Forearm Forklift eliminates the risk of back injury and makes the transport of appliances easier. The Shoulder Dolly is also a safe and effective way to move with two people. Watch the video below to see how to use the Forearm Forklift Moving Straps.
Now that we know the best ways to move appliances, it is important to know how to prepare them for transport. Preparation is just as essential as execution, so follow these tips to get your items ready for your move.
- Unplug at least 24 hours before move day
- Dispose of all perishable food items
- Disconnect the water line
- Thaw out the fridge and freezer
- Clean and dry all surfaces
- Clean the surface (leftover grease can leave spots on anything it touches)
- Have a qualified technician disconnect stove and cap off the gas line.
- When moved in, have qualified technician install
- Disconnect the hose and drain
- Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines to secure the tub to avoid damage
- Drain all water from the tub
- Clean out the lint tray
- If a gas dryer, then have a qualified technician disconnect and cap off the gas line
These tools and tips make moving large appliances a breeze but always remember safety first. Moving buddies should be present and you should never try to move alone! If you need extra Moving Help, don’t be afraid to ask. Happy Lifting!
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