How To Move a Washing Machine
Moving dozens of boxes and bulky furniture is one thing, but when it comes to larger appliances such as refrigerators and washing machines, you’re in for a whole new challenge. They are heavy, unwieldy, and surprisingly fragile despite their mammoth size.
As experienced removalists, we know a thing or two about moving a washing machine, and while we would always suggest you use an expert service to help you out, we thought it would be a good idea to write up a simple guide on how to move a washing machine.
Things you’re going to need:
Washing machine bolts – These are essential in preventing your washing machine from moving, jostling or even falling over during a move. By using specialist transport bolts for your machine, the drum inside will be locked in place and will therefore not move when in transit. This will prevent damage to the machine, the van and any other cargo that’s nearby.
A decent dolly – If you’re not using a moving service, you’ll need to rent out a dolly to help move your washing machine. After strapping your appliance to the dolly, you and a helper can then tilt the dolly and easily move it over to your moving truck.
Packing tape – Cords, wires and doors also need to be secured before moving to prevent things from falling out, getting tripped on, or generally getting in the way. Just tape down anything that’s likely to move when the machine is tilted.
Covers and blankets – By covering your appliance with covers or blankets, you can prevent superficial damage and scratches. They might provide some basic shock absorption as well, but don’t count on it to protect things if your device falls.
User manual – Once you’re ready to reinstall your machine, you might not remember how you did it the first time. Make sure that you don’t forget the user manual so that when it comes to reinstallation, you won’t be left high and dry.
Someone to help – Moving washing machines should never be a one-person job. As well as risking damaging the machine, you also run the risk of injuring yourself because of the sheer heft of the appliance. Always have someone to help you move large and heavy items.
Of course, when dealing with items like this, we would always recommend working with professional removalists. They will already have all of the items and equipment needed, plus they will do all the heavy lifting too.
Steps To Take When Moving A Washing Machine:
Moving a washing machine is something of a military operation, so you’ll need to approach things in a structured way:
Step 1 – Empty and clean your washing machine
To clean your washing machine, run a washing cycle with soap and no clothes inside. Instead of your usual powder, use white vinegar or another cleaning agent. Make sure to leave your washing machine to dry for a day before moving.
Step 2 – Turn off power and water supplies
After leaving your washing machine to dry, go ahead and disconnect all water and power supplies. To make sure it’s done properly, rotate the water supply valves clockwise and fully power down the machine.
Step 3 – Detach valves and water supply hose
You’re now ready to unfasten the water supply hose from the external valve. In most cases, they will be attached to the wall behind your washing machine. There’s a chance that you’ll encounter some residual water that didn’t drain away, so make sure to have a bucket and some rags nearby just in case.
Step 4 – Install the transit bolts
Moving a washing machine without transit bolts is risky business. Washing machines are complicated machines, and moving them without the bolts installed will damage the machine’s drum suspension and other components. Different machines may have different installation methods, so please consult your instruction manual to complete this step safely.
Step 5 – Get it onto a trolley
Once everything is secure and disconnected, grab a mate and prepare to get it onto a trolley for easy transport. Start by shimmying the machine away from the wall, and once you have enough space, tip the washer (carefully) backwards until you have enough space to get the dolly underneath. Once it’s on, strap the machine on and get it to the van!
Step 6 – Loading onto the van
Nearly done! Once you’ve moved your washing machine onto the trolley, gently wheel it over to the truck. Then, as a team, gently load it on via the ramp and then secure the machine to prevent it moving around when on the road.
Congratulations! The machine is safely loaded and you’re good to go. We hope that this guide has been useful to you – but what would be even easier is to let our removalists take care of it all for you. They have the equipment and experience to handle large and heavy items without any hassle or worry for you.
Other Handy Tips
For more tips on getting ready for a move, read our helpful articles
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- Change of Address Checklist
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- Interstate Moving Costs
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