When you move homes, you can find that you are under a lot of stress. Imagine how much stress you will feel if one of your major appliances gets damaged during transit that it won’t work anymore? It is important to make sure that you pack these larger appliances up properly before you move to prevent any damage. This is a lot easier than you think. The first thing that you will need to do is get prepared and purchase everything that you need to pack up your possessions properly.
Getting Prepared to Move
Just as with everything else that you need to move, you will have to purchase supplies in order to pack up your larger appliances ready for moving day. In fact, you can utilise all of the same materials that you would purchase for the move, and use these to protect your large appliances.
• Large Moving Boxes
• Packing Tape
• Packing Material
• Marker Pen
• Shrink Wrap
No matter where you are in Australia, you can easily find moving boxes in Brisbane, Sydney, Newcastle or anywhere else. Most companies that sell moving supplies will sell or hire just about anything that you need to make your moving day a lot easier. You can search on the internet and find many different stores that sell these supplies, and you can compare prices from the comfort of your home and have them delivered to you directly. Once your order has arrived and it’s already time to move, you will be ready to start packing up your large appliances.
Packing your Appliances
Not all of your large appliances will need to be packed up in the same way. For example, you would pack your TV differently to the way that you would pack your washing machine, but the principle is the same.
• Televisions – If you have a flat screen TV, you will need to make sure that you pack it correctly. You need to remove the stand and get an old cloth to cover the screen so as to prevent scratches, and you can then use the shrink wrap to wrap around the TV. You will then want to cover the TV in packing material, and finally cut up some moving boxes and cover the entire unit with them, using the packing tape to tape them down. You will also want to use the marker pen to show which way is up, and also mark the unit as fragile.
• Washing Machines and Dish Washers – The first thing you will need to do with these units is to remove them from the water supply and ensure that all of the water has been drained properly. Any external cables or pipes can be placed inside the machine. Use the shrink wrap to wrap the unit and ensure that the door is not able to open. Same goes for the television. You can use packing material and then cardboard to wrap your appliances. Again, use a marker pen to write which way is up, and also state what the unit is, as these items have a similar size.
• Refrigerators and Freezers – You will need to make sure that you defrost these appliances properly, and that all water has been removed. You need to remove any internal shelves and wrap all of these together using packing material and shrink wrap, and place them inside. You can then wrap up the units with cardboard, as well as place additional padding where the motor and compressor are. It is important with refrigerators that they remain upright otherwise the coolant gas inside might leak, which can lead to the appliance not working properly.
The technique is similar when packing most large appliances, so you just need to make sure that you use plenty of packing material and boxes to make sure they do not get damaged during transit. Use your dolly to move the larger items. Take your time and do not rush. With a little care and common sense you will be moving into your new home with all of your large appliances in tip top condition.