Your refrigerator is one of the central appliances in your kitchen and your home and has the size and weight to back up that fact. On moving day, the large size and hefty weight of your fridge can prove to be a challenge, especially when considering the fact that if your fridge is not properly prepared for transit, it can become damaged and no longer function properly. Here are a few steps that you can take to ensure that your fridge is properly packed and moved without any headaches on moving day:
What You'll Need
Before you get started, it's probably for the best if you gather up all of the materials and tools that you'll be using so that the packing process goes as quickly as possible.
You'll need a moving dolly large enough to support the weight of your fridge, moving straps, cleaning wipes, moving blankets, and packing tape. All of these items can be found at most moving and storage supply stores if you don't already have them. It's also a good idea to have someone working with you for safety reasons.
Packing a Fridge
First things first, you'll need to clean out the interior of your fridge. This goes beyond just finishing all the food and emptying all of the containers: you'll want to wipe down every surface on the interior to remove small amounts of food debris which you may not be able to see. If you don't, this debris can quickly grow mold once the power to the fridge is turned off, giving you a nasty surprise when you unpack.
You'll then want to unplug the fridge, and wrap the cord up and secure it to the side of the fridge using moving tape. If it has a built-in freezer, you'll want to let it sit overnight to defrost, and then use paper towels or a clean rag to remove any moisture that may accumulate.
Then, you'll want to tape all the drawers shut within the interior of the fridge, and then tape the doors to the fridge and freezer shut as well. This will help prevent shifting and movement while in transit that could cause damage.
Then, you can slide the dolly underneath the fridge: make sure you have a helper with you to help balance the weight of the fridge. You will want to secure the fridge to the dolly using the moving straps to keep it in place.
Then, all you have to do is move the fridge into the moving truck with the dolly. Once it's in the truck, use the same moving straps to secure the fridge to the side of the truck to keep it from falling over while you're driving, and you're good to go.
Contact personal moving truck services near you for more information and assistance.