10 September 2012
Removals - Moving a Fridge
If you have moved house before you most certainly know how tough it is to get everything done right and move without a scratch to your furniture. Big pieces of furniture and appliances are some of the hardest items to move. Moving a fridge is definitely a big challenge, but having the right equipment and knowledge, as well as some help will ensure a damage-free removal. Moving a fridge can be done in a few steps. First of all, you need to gather your supplies and when it comes to fridge moving the supplies are plenty. You definitely need a large dolly - this will ensure easier transit and no scratched floor or back pains. You also need moving straps or a strong rope/cord. Before the move you will have to clean the fridge fully and leave it to dry, so gather your cleaning supplies and be ready to do that at least 24 hours before the move. Make sure you have enough moving blankets, packing tape and scissors. Second of all, start clearing out the contents of the fridge. This is not an easy task for a few reasons. You obviously need food until the moving day, so you can't do that too early. The fridge needs time to dry out so you can't start too late either. Moreover, lots of the food and perishable items will need to be either eaten quickly or thrown away. Remove all the food from the fridge and the freezer. Pack what you can take with you, cook the rest or put it in a cooler bag. Remove any items from the fridge doors like magnets and notes. Third of all, unplug the fridge and wait for it to defrost. It can take up to 8 hours for the freezer to defrost. Remove the shelves and drawers from the fridge and clean with a good detergent. Wrap the shelves with towels or moving blankets and label them accordingly. Wrap the cord of the fridge and tape it on one side or keep it in a separate bag during the move. The doors of the fridge need to be secures with a strong cord or rope during the entire move. You can also use tape, but make sure it's a strong one. After you have secured the fridge, wrap the whole of it with stretch wrap and take the dolly. If you need to use the stairs then it's best to use the dolly. Positioning the fridge on the dolly is not that hard - simply slide it away from the wall and slide the dolly under it. You can also tie the fridge to the dolly to be extra sure - use moving straps for that purpose. Moving straps can also be rented from the removals company. They can be used for moving various types of heavy furniture and appliances. After you have positioned the fridge on the dolly you will need at least three people - one at the back, one at the front and one ready to help if someone needs help. If you need to move the fridge down the stairs the dolly should take one stair at a time, slowly and carefully. When loading the fridge onto the moving truck you should use the ramp and extra help. Inside the truck the fridge should be positioned at the rear end of it. After you've moved in, leave the fridge for 3-5 hours before you plug it in, otherwise you risk damaging the cooling mechanism. It may take up to three days until the fridge reaches its normal temperature and you can use it. Never tilt a fridge too much or lay it down, it must be in upright position or you could damage its cooling tubes permanently.