We are all aware that organising the kitchen when moving may be one of the hardest tasks, if not the worst. And it multiplies when you take appliances into account. While most people simply move flatware, pots, and pans, there are a few situations where you might need to figure out how to move a refrigerator, complete with its uncomfortable beauty.
Refrigerators are bulky, expensive, and heavy appliances. It’s important to know how to move a refrigerator effectively and safely because doing it on your own carries a lot of risks, both to the equipment and, more significantly, to you. We advise hiring a reliable Movers Cambridge company to pack and move your refrigerator on your behalf if you have the time and the money. You’re not out of luck, though, if you choose to handle it yourself. We’ll go through how to get your refrigerator onto a truck, how to get it ready for a move and other moving-related topics below.
Because moving a refrigerator is a process that begins before the actual relocation, you should go through these stages in advance and create a strategy.
1. Sanitise and empty the refrigerator
Before moving, make sure your refrigerator is empty and free of any objects that can make the move more difficult. It is preferable to get rid of everything, indoors and out. Before you move, make a meal plan that includes all of your perishables. By doing this, you can have less stuff inside. Once you’ve completely emptied your refrigerator or freezer, wash every surface with warm water and dish soap. Remove all of the refrigerator’s moving pieces, such as the glass shelves, organisers, and lids.
After the freezer has been emptied, it must be defrosted. Unplug the device and spread towels on the floor to catch any water from the melting ice. After that, thoroughly clean every surface with a disinfectant before allowing it to air dry. If the doors are kept open for at least 24 hours to let the air dry, they will internally defrost.
3. Doorways should be measured
In a perfect world, you should be able to take your refrigerator from the kitchen to the moving truck in the driveway. However, this isn’t always achievable. The necessary route can be determined by measuring the refrigerator’s length, breadth, and depth about the width of your doorways. Working this out beforehand will save you a lot of time because you might need to take a different route, such as hauling your refrigerator outside through sliding back doors. Be warned that in some cases, doors must be taken off their hinges to pass the refrigerator through them.
4. Pack your refrigerator with care
Learning how to move a refrigerator involves selecting the most efficient packing strategy. Carelessness when packing your refrigerator could result in damage and safety concerns while you’re travelling. It may also mean that your refrigerator is broken when you get there. Start by carefully coiling any electrical cables and/or lines and taping them to the side of the refrigerator to pack them appropriately. Wrap the cords in a layer of plastic wrap first if you don’t want to tape the cords directly. The doors should then be sealed with packing tape. Then, wrap the entire refrigerator in moving blankets and secure them with two bungee cords or moving straps, one at the top and one at the bottom.
5. Preparing your refrigerator for transportation
If the freezer or refrigerator is prepared, it is now time to move it in the moving truck. If you have at least two helpers or hire movers, the process will go more quickly and easily. Slide the refrigerator carefully away from the wall with assistance. You might need to tilt the refrigerator a little depending on the circumstance. Once the refrigerator is in position, fasten it to the dolly using moving straps or bungee cords. Use or set up a moving ramp to load your refrigerator into the moving truck, or ask Company to assist you. To avoid any internal damage to the fridge while it is on the truck, ensure it is standing upright.
6. How to Load and Unload Your Refrigerator
Use a ramp to lift your refrigerator into the moving truck or lower it out of the vehicle as needed. A minor slip could cause you to drop the fridge, so try to avoid lifting it onto or off of the car. If you can, move the refrigerator around on the dolly the entire time. Make that the relocating straps that hold the refrigerator to the dolly are still in place and are firmly attached.
7. Installing a refrigerator in a new house
Once your refrigerator has been unloaded into your new home, the difficult part is over! Simply be sure you configure it correctly once more. If there are any guidelines for how long you must wait before reconnecting the refrigerator, see your owner’s manual. If you moved the refrigerator to its side, you might have to wait for many hours. Check how long your refrigerator needs to be disconnected before you can put food inside; normally, this is one to three days before perishables may be kept there safely.
8. Refrain from adding food when plugged in
After moving your refrigerator, let it a couple of hours before plugging it back in. If you have to move the refrigerator while it is lying on its side for whatever reason, take caution to maintain it upright for twice as long as it was on its side before plugging it back in. After you connect it back in, wait the manufacturer’s advised amount of time—usually between 24 and 72 hours—before adding food.
A reliable moving company may be your best choice if you have any concerns about storing and transferring your refrigerator. For reliable movers in your area, look into the Movers London organisations. Ask for at least three quotes to guarantee that you are getting the best deal for your relocation.