We are a nation on the move. Every year, millions of Americans move to a new home either in the same city or across the country. Moves could be job-related, family-related or up-grading or downsizing a home. According to a 2015 report, the average American moves 11.7 times in their lives! If you are from a military family, that number could be double! Between 2012 and 2013, nearly 40 million people moved to a new residence. Moving is stressful, that is something that we can all agree on. But, if you have your moving day planned and your boxes, furniture and appliances ready to go, moving can be a bit easier.
Preparing Refrigerators, Stoves, Dishwashers and Microwaves for Moving and Storage
The hardest items in the home to prepare for storage or moving are appliances. If you are moving appliances to a new home or to a storage unit, it is very important to follow the right steps. Refrigerators, stoves, dishwashers, and microwaves have particular cleaning and storage requirements identified in the Infographic below. Consult the manufacturer’s manual for unique storage/moving instructions for each appliance.
ezStorage has created “How to Prepare Your Kitchen Appliances for Moving and Storage”, an easy-to-follow guide to get appliances ready for moving or storage to keep them in good working condition in their new homes.
Appliances should be the first items placed on a moving truck. Place them along the back wall and make sure they are covered with a moving blanket. Load boxes and bags on top of the appliances during transit. If you are placing the appliance in a storage unit, place the appliance towards the back of the storage unit and allow a bit of space between the appliance and the wall. Cover the appliances with a tarp. Once the refrigerator, stove or dishwasher are placed in the storage unit, remove any tape used to secure the door during the move and leave the door slightly ajar to prevent moisture build-up. Utilize the space inside of the appliances for additional storage space for smaller kitchen appliances, comforters, linens and small boxes.
Consult the “How to Prepare Your Kitchen Appliances for Moving and Storage” Infographic below for tips on how to prepare, move and store your appliances.
Appliance Storage Solutions
Self-storage is a great solution for short-term and long-term appliance storage. By properly preparing appliances for moving or storage, you will be able to keep them in good working order when you need them. ezStorage has a variety of storage units in many sizes to fit you appliances, furniture, linens and more.