Written by Katie Cullen
16th January 2017
(Last updated on Monday 16th April 2018)
When moving heavy kitchen appliances yourself, you should make sure you fulfil the following points:
Read the manuals
Get the right tools for the job
Lift heavy goods properly
Use bubblewrap and polystyrene to protect your appliances
Ensure everything is secure in the removal van
Only lift what feels comfortable. Do not strain yourself and make sure to use the correct equipment to protect yourself. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from friends or neighbours – it’s better to ask them than attracting injury through poor lifting.
Before you start moving your kitchen appliances, you’re going to need some vital equipment to make moving your appliances easier, and prevent you injuring your back while lifting extremely heavy goods.
Kitchen appliances are bulky, so a lifting dolly can do the hard work for you by lifting and lowering your oven and washing machine.
Make sure you have some towels available so you can slide the appliances out of their place without damaging your flooring. A bucket will come in handy to drain any water when you move the washing machine and dish washer.
Larger kitchen appliances like ovens need extra care when they are being moved to prevent damage to the appliance itself, as well as your flooring. Keep in mind, if your oven is mounted to the wall, you will have to call in professional removals services to get the job done.
If not, ovens are relatively easy to move, but you might need an extra set of hands from a friend, as they are heavy.
Read the manual – every oven differs in design, so the manufacturer’s manual will tell you exactly what you need to do for that particular oven. If you don’t have it anymore, simply visit the manufacturer’s website, you should be able to find it online.
Turn off the electric power to avoid accidental shock – you don’t want to injure yourself! To make sure it’s off, unplug the oven from the outlet on the wall.
If you have a gas oven, shut off the gas line by turning off the main valve in the gas line that goes to the oven. This is usually found on the wall behind the oven. Slide the dolly under the oven to move it away from the wall. Then, lower the dolly and shut off the gas and unhook the gas attachment to the stove from the gas line.
Remove the oven’s detachable parts like the burner pans and grates to avoid them being dropped and damaged. Cover them with towels to protect them and pack them in a labelled box.
Lift the dolly and slide the oven out of its space in the wall. Ask a friend/family member to keep the back of the oven steady to prevent it toppling backwards and scratching your flooring.
If you don’t have a dolly to use, slide the oven forward and then tilt it backwards so its front legs are lifted. Then, slide a towel underneath the front so you can move the oven without it damaging your floors.
To transport your washing machine to your new home, you will want to refit it into the original packaging that came with your washing machine. There should be instructions to do this in the manufacturing manual.
However, not everyone has this option, so to move your washing machine yourself, here’s how:
You need to disconnect the washing machine from the plumbing, get rid of the water and then secure the drain hose. To do this, turn off the water valves, usually found behind the washing machine and attached to the wall. Turn the valves clockwise until they can’t be turned any further.
Detach the hoses from the washing machine by turning the screws connecting them anticlockwise until they are loose. Then, get a bucket and point the ends of your hoses into it to drain any water.
Try to secure any hoses, mains cable and plugs to the lid of your washing machine using strong tape to prevent them getting lost.
As you did with the oven, tilt your washing machine back so the front legs are lifted, and slide a towel underneath so you can move it without damaging the floor. If you have a dolly, you can simply lift it on to there.
When you move the washing machine, keep it upright. If you are transporting it in a smaller car and this isn’t an option, lay it on its back (in this case you should make sure the water is completely drained so it doesn’t run into the electrical parts at the back of the machine).
When you move your dishwasher, it may seem obvious but make sure all dishes and cutlery are removed from inside, before you move it. A dishwasher is large, and you don’t need any added weight when you’re trying to move it. Run it through a cleaning when it’s empty just to ensure the inside is as spotless as possible ready for it to be used in your new home.
Whether you’re in a house or flat, dishwashers are often embedded in the kitchen, by the sink or next to the washing machine. To remove it, you should find a set of screws or bolts keeping it in place. All you need to do is remove them to slide it out of its place.
Remove all the interior removable parts of the dishwasher, such as the racks and baskets, and pack them separately so they don’t damage the dishwasher when they’re being moved. Then, disconnect it from the power source. When you move it out of its space in the kitchen, the wires connecting it to the power source should be found at the back. Unplug it from all the outlets and tape the wires to the top of it.
The hoses connected to the dishwasher as well as the exterior ones connected to the water lines need to be removed and packed separately. Refer to your owner's manual for instructions on how to properly disconnect the hoses, as each one differs. Once you've removed them, place the hoses carefully in a box and make sure you label it so you can easily find these parts when you unpack at your new home.
Before you move it, wrap the dishwasher in a thick moving pad or blanket for protection. Secure in place by tying a rope or twine around the dishwasher to prevent the blanket from shifting during the move.
Now it has been removed, you can move the dishwasher with the help of a dolly, so you can wheel it out of your home.
Moving your fridge isn’t too complicated if you plan beforehand.
Remember to empty your fridge of all its contents, including food, trays, ice cube trays and shelves – basically anything that can rattle around while your fridge is in transit.
Remove and wrap the shelves in towels to protect them, and place them in labelled boxes so you can find them when you’re unpacking.
Unplug the fridge, coil the cord and tape it to ensure it stays in place while on the move. If you have an ice maker, disconnect it from the water source too.
You also need to defrost your freezer if frost has built up. Keep in mind that defrosting takes between 6-8 hours, so make sure to do it ahead of time the night before.
On moving day, close and secure the fridge doors by tying bungee cord around it – we don’t recommend using tape as it can end up ruining the finish on your fridge.
If you have to deal with staircases, make sure at least two people are involved. Strap the fridge to the lifting dolly and make sure one person is at the front, and the other behind, holding on to it.
When you’re putting your fridge into your car or van, make sure it’s lying on its side and never on its back. Lie it on the side opposite the door hinges so that it isn’t straining to open and cause damage.