How to move and store bulky appliances
Moving and storing bulky appliances can be a daunting task. However, you can do it safely and efficiently with the right tools and techniques. Whether you’re relocating to a new home or need more space in your garage, your to-do list may involve moving and storing large appliances like refrigerators, washing machines and dryers.
From selecting the right equipment and preparing your appliances for transport to finding the perfect storage solution, if you’re ready to tackle your next big move or decluttering project, read on!
Prepare your appliances
First, ensure all appliances are disconnected from their power sources and thoroughly cleaned. Removing all detachable parts, such as shelves or drawers, will make it easier to move. It will also prevent loose sections from sliding around during transport. Once clean, ensure the appliance is thoroughly dry to prevent mould development.
Disassemble and protect appliances
Disassembling appliances makes them less bulky, reducing their overall size and weight. Before disassembling, ensure you read the user manual and follow instructions carefully. Once disassembled, protect your appliances using furniture blankets or plastic wraps – to prevent scratches or other damages.
Use the right equipment
Avoid injury by using the right equipment and lifting techniques to move bulky appliances. Furniture and appliance dollies simplify the moving process by rolling bulky items across the floor. Furniture straps and moving blankets also help stop items from shifting or tipping over. When lifting bulky appliances, ask for help, especially when walking through narrow doorways.
Pro Tip: bend your knees, use your leg muscles and keep the item close to your body.
Bulky appliances can be heavy and awkward to move. Attempting to move these items alone can be dangerous (for both yourself and the appliance). Asking for help removes a lot of risks and makes the process much easier. If friends and family are unavailable, hire professionals with the experience and equipment to handle heavy items safely.
Choose the right storage location
Your chosen storage location will be the new home for your appliances, so it’s necessary to pick a safe space. A dry, secure storage unit can house them for as long as you need. For your convenience, consider the accessibility of the storage unit, the cost of the space, and the flexibility of the contract.
Incorporating these tips will make it easier to move large bulky appliances, saving you time and energy to focus on other tasks. At Louth Self Storage, we offer safe and secure self storage units which are perfect for your bulky appliances.
Choose from container storage or inside storage units, depending on your preference. With a range of storage units and flexible lease agreements, you can rent a unit for as long (or short) as you need. If you’re planning a move, we’d love to hear from you at 01507 327008.