Moving to a new home is a big job.. That’s true even if you only move furniture and clothing. Moving a washer and dryer can be especially challenging. A typical dryer weighs around 125 pounds while a washer tends to weigh around 170 pounds.
Moving appliances down stairs or across the country can be daunting – and yet for many families, bringing a washer and dryer along to their new house is a must. After all, your washer and dryer represent a substantial investment. Here are some packing tips for moving your valuable appliances safely and efficiently.
Getting Ready to Move a Washer and Dryer
Begin by running a rinse cycle in your washing machine. If you have detergent residue built up in the drum, you may want to add white vinegar to the cycle to remove it. You’ll want to do this several days before you move.
Once the rinse cycle is finished, you should do the following to ensure that you have clean appliances to move into your new home:
- Shut off the hot and cold-water valves on the wall.
- If the washer and dryer are hooked up to gas lines, proceed with caution – if you’re not sure how to detach the hoses safely, get professional help.
- Remove the lint trap and other removable parts from the dryer and wash them with warm, soapy water.
- Leave the washer open for a few days to ensure that it’s completely dry.
Packing Your Washer and Dryer
The key to moving large appliances like washers and dryers is to make sure that you do so safely. Prepping your washer and dryer for the move is essential if you want to transport them with a minimum of difficulty. Here are the steps to follow:
- Secure the drum of your washing machine. Some manufacturers sell moving kits to help you do it if you’re not sure how to proceed. It’s always good to check since methods may vary from brand to brand.
- Place hoses, electrical cords, and accessories inside the appliances for safekeeping and to ensure everything stays together.
- Use strong tape to hold the appliance doors and latches shut during the move. You don’t need the stress of having a door spring open at an inopportune moment, so take the time to secure everything before you attempt the move.
On moving day, your washer and dryer should be the last things to go into the moving truck, and thus the first things to be put in place when you arrive at your new home.
When you put them into the truck, make sure to cushion them with plenty of blankets or sheets to prevent them from getting scratched during the move.
Leave the doors taped shut as you move the appliances from the truck into the house. As you did on the other end of the move, enlist help from a professional if you’re not sure how to attach the water and gas.
Storing Washers and Dryers
If you plan to store your washer and dryer, then you should remove the tape after you get them into your storage unit and store them with the doors slightly open. This will prevent the growth of mold and mildew.
The interior of the washer and dryer may be used as storage space for extra linens or small items as needed.
The key to moving your washer and dryer safely is to begin your preparation several days before the move and keep safety at the top of your list. If you do that, your appliances will arrive at your new home intact and ready for you to use.