How To Store Home Appliances During a Move

When buying or selling a property, unattached appliances, such as washers, dryers and refrigerators, may not come with the home unless negotiated in the contract. Small appliances like coffee makers, toasters and blenders need to survive the move too.

Home appliances are tough to juggle during relocations because they can be prone to water damage and breakage.

Below, we breakdown how to properly store big and small home appliances so they are protected during your big move.

Storing Big-Ticket Items

Large home appliances, such as washers, dryers and refrigerators, require preparation for moving and storing. Start the packing process ahead of time so your appliances have time to be disconnected and cleaned before moving into storage or your new home.

For large items, consider the following steps to prolong longevity:

  • Thoroughly cleaning every corner and crevice is the first step. Limit the amount of dust, and make sure no food is left in the refrigerator. Any sticky residues left behind attract bugs and make moving a nightmare.
  • Disconnect all attachments, and unplug the appliances. Then, coil and tape the power cords to the appliances so they don’t tear.
  • Give appliances time to dry or defrost completely by leaving doors open for a few days. Ensure any water supply hoses drain completely before storing. Allow about two days for drying to prevent leftover moisture from freezing or molding in storage.
  • Wrap any glass surfaces, handles and fragile components in bubble wrap or with blankets/towels so they don’t break in transit.
  • For the moving process, tape doors closed and wrap the home appliance in a protective material to avoid scratches and dents.
  • Open doors to appliances once you reach the storage unit to prevent smells and mildew from forming while they are unused.

Following these storage steps helps movers prevent needing to replace these expensive home appliances. For additional care, find a climate-controlled storage facility to avoid corroding electronic home appliances and developing odors.

Safely Store Small Home Appliances

Small home appliances take up less space, but still require care when storing. Clean out all small home appliances, and dry thoroughly before moving to storage. Tape lids in place and store them upright in boxes.

For packing small appliances in boxes, adhere to these tips:

  • If you have original boxes for small appliances like toasters, coffee makers or crockpots, repackage them for maximum protection. Otherwise, store them in a box as close to their size as you can find.
  • Wrap loose pieces in bubble wrap or paper towels to prevent damage from shifting parts.
  • Fill any extra space with packing peanuts or paper.
  • Electric cords are extremely prone to damage during moves, so coil cords and tuck them in closely so they don’t snag. Cover cords with foam if possible.
  • Use plastic bins to store multiple appliances and wick away moisture.

Label these boxes clearly, because if you’re in need of a cup of coffee, you’ll know exactly which box the coffee maker is in. When these items are in your storage unit, put belongings you may want to access early toward the front of the unit and top of boxes to prevent digging and disorganizing.

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