When selling your home, you will need to decide which appliances will stay and which will go with you to your new place. In most cases, the range/oven and dishwasher will stay in the home. However, you will be able to decide whether you will bring the washer, dryer, and refrigerator to your new home. Most owners decide to leave the appliances because they can be difficult to move, but this can be costly. Purchasing a new refrigerator may end up costing between $900 and $8,000 depending on the specific make and model, so moving this appliance to your new house will be a smart decision. Using these tips, you will learn how to easily prepare and transport the refrigerator to your new home.
Visit your local appliance store and you will see a large array of refrigerators. From a standard fridge on the bottom and freezer on the top to an elaborate side-by-side model, there are many options available. Unfortunately, these appliances also vary in size and shape.
Do not assume your current refrigerator will fit into he space of your new home. Make sure to measure the opening in your new home to determine if you are even capable of using your existing refrigerator.
Once you have the measurements from the home, you can compare them to the measurements of your current refrigerator to ensure it will fit.
You should also take measurements of hallways and door openings of your new home. This will help reduce the time and stress of moving the refrigerator through the home to the kitchen.
No matter if you are moving a few boxes and furniture pieces to a new home in the same city or you are relocating to a completely different part of the country, hiring professionals movers is smart especially in regards to transporting appliances.
Moving heavy appliances, such as a refrigerator, will require a good amount of effort and skill to prevent injury. While you will be able to complete the task yourself, you will need assistance from friends and family.
Thankfully, most moving companies will move your appliances as long as they are cleaned out and disconnected. Before you assume they will do this heavy lifting, make sure to consult the movers about their appliance policy before moving day.
Once you know your movers can transport your refrigerator to your new home, you will need to spend some time cleaning and preparing it for the move.
To get started, remove all food from the interior fridge and freezer. Pack what you want to bring in a cooler, give to family members and charity, or dispose of unwanted items. Disconnect the refrigerator from the electrical outlet and disconnect any water lines.
Create a non-toxic cleaning solution to clean the interior. Mix 2 cups of warm water with 2 cups of white vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray the solution inside the fridge and freezer and allow it to sit for a few minutes. Then, wipe away the vinegar cleaner and any leftover residue and food particles using paper towels or a cloth.
The vinegar will eat through any stubborn residue while killing mold and bacteria without the use of harmful chemicals that can be toxic to your home and health.
Use masking tape to seal any drawers shut in the refrigerator. This will prevent them from opening and breaking during transport. Wrap multiple bungee cords around the entire refrigerator, as well. This will reduce the risk of the doors opening during the move to your new home.
Once the fridge is clean and secured, it can be moved on a dolly by the professionals.
Moving your refrigerator is a great way to save money and time. This guide will help you prepare the refrigerator for the move to your new home.