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Moving Day Etiquette

It has finally arrived – the day you move out of the old place and into your next home! Fortunately, people don’t move every day so you don’t have to think about moving day etiquette very often – unless you are a professional mover. But there really are some things to consider when your moving day is happening ‘today.’


How to Move Appliances

Moving large appliances can be a challenge if you don’t have a plan, and especially if you’ve never done it before. You could run the risk of causing major damage to them. Here are some guidelines to prepare and move your large appliances safely.

Moving Your Refrigerator

One of the biggest challenges many people face in moving their appliances is the refrigerator. If you do it incorrectly you could end up buying a new one. Here are a things take care of before the move:

  • Prepare the refrigerator days before your move to allow time for it to dry thoroughly to avoid mildew and mold
  • Remove all contents and throw your perishables away first
  • Wash the inside and all removable parts and dry them thoroughly
  • Pack loose parts and shelves in a tight container
  • Vacuum the condenser or compressor
  • Empty/clean the evaporator pan
  • Turn off water and disconnect the water line
  • Empty the water reservoir

Appliance delivery. Hand truck and fridge. 3d

Washing Machine and Dryer

  • Dry inside of washer including rubber seal and drain if necessary
  • Disconnect and wrap metal connector ends of hoses in a towel and place inside washer
  • Secure the washer tub on front load machines-check your owner’s manual.
  • Clean your dryer’s lint screen
  • Make sure to check your new home’s power supply for the correct electrical requirements before plugging in your dryer


  • Clean and dry thoroughly
  • Disconnect and drain all your hoses
  • Leave the door open for a few days before you move to allow time for it to dry thoroughly
  • Wrap dry hoses in towels and packing paper, then place them inside the dishwasher

Stove and Oven

  • Clean your range thoroughly before you move it
  • Take off any removable parts and pack them in a box
  • Have your gas range disconnected prior to moving day by a qualified professional
  • Schedule a qualified professional to reconnect your gas range in your new home

Microwave Oven

  • Take out your glass trays and clean them. Wrap and secure in a safe box
  • If you have the original box, store your microwave in the box for your move. Otherwise, wrap it in bubble wrap and place it in a box. Large microwaves can be wrapped in a pad on moving day
  • Secure the microwave door closed during transit

The key to moving appliances is to plan ahead – have them prepped and ready to go when the movers arrive and you’ll save valuable time on moving day.