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Appliances make our day-to-day lives more manageable. While appliances are advantageous, intricate parts crucial to the devices’ functionality are often fragile. This usually isn’t a problem when the appliances are stationary, but during situations like moves, the improper handling of appliances can result in damage and even loss of the appliance entirely. Moreover, cumbersome cords and additional parts may make moving the appliance safely a challenge.

Your safety is paramount. Exercising caution around appliances you are unfamiliar with is the most effective way to avoid injury. Appliances, including larger industrial units, require great care during loading and transport. As a general rule of thumb, never disconnect or connect any appliance, unless it is by simply plugging or unplugging the item from a power outlet. This is especially true for water lines, gas lines or electrical hookups. Under no circumstances should you or any member of your crew disconnect or install water lines to any appliance including, but not limited, to washers or refrigerators. Handling valves and lines on your own may cause leaks or other complications. Even a minor leak can cause major water damage to a home and its contents. An improperly installed gas or electric line such as on a dryer could cause a fire, an explosion or a gas leak, leading not only to property damage, but possibly to injury or even death. Because you worked with the valves and lines, you are likely to be held responsible for any damages that take place during or after the appliances are transported.

Appliance Moving Tips

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Household appliances must always be serviced by the customer or by a third-party company. (With proper approval for payments by the account or the customer)

  • Make sure appliances are clean, dry and properly serviced before moving them
  • Empty cabinets or containers and secure the doors and/or lids with shrink wrap
  • Fasten cords securely to the back of the appliance using tape. This will avoid the cord catching on things or tripping the individual handling the appliance
  • If you choose to store hoses and cords inside the washer/dryer, wrap them in a towel or pad to protect the drums. Note on the inventory that these parts are now inside the machine
  • Note the make/model/serial number of the appliance on the inventory along with any exceptions of exterior damage
  • Wrap the appliance in moving blankets or paper padding to protect from scratches. Covering corners of appliances helps safeguard against damage to the inside of the property, as well
  • Take ample steps to secure appliances to the dolly. Never, under any condition, drag appliances from or into a residence. The objects were not designed to be handled in that fashion and doing so can result in costly property damage
  • Make sure the floor is well protected and a path has been cleared
  • The pedestals to front-load appliances, like washers and driers, are separate pieces. They should be inventoried separately and removed from under the machine for moving
  • Do not place machines on pedestals for transport. They are not designed for that and will get damaged and claimed
  • Once on the truck, be sure to protect the glass doors of front loading washers and dryers from scratching and breakage. You can use moving blankets, shrink wrap or other protective materials on these appliances
  • When placing items on top of the appliances, be very mindful of any control panels. If there are external knobs, you will need to protect them
  • Be certain the items you are placing on the appliances are not too heavy. Dents to the top of the appliances are costly to repair and may end up causing full replacement of the appliance
  • Upon delivery, be sure all floors and door jambs are protected. Place items in each room as specified. Place them far enough away from wall so customers or third-party representatives have access to service the appliance. Do not slide the object into place

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