How to pack appliances for relocation

So, you’re moving. Congratulations! There are a lot of things to consider when you’re moving. Everyone always focuses on packing, and for good reason. After all, many people fear and avoid packing until the last moment. There’s just so much to do! There’s a reason people seek out various guides on packing, or even packing services. Everyone focuses mostly on clothes and utensils, maybe furniture, that kind of thing. But, in all your packing of clothes and furniture, do you think about how to pack appliances for relocation? Appliances can be surprisingly fragile. After all, you basically need to do a mountain of prep work just to move a washing machine! Not only that, but they cost a lot to replace, and don’t fetch a high price used. So, what do you do? How do you tackle that problem?

A washing machine with a towel in it.
A washing machine is notoriously difficult to move.

Get the appliances you’re gonna pack

The first thing you have to do is gather up all of the appliances. You can’t start packing without proper organization – how are you gonna pack an appliance if you don’t know it’s there? You have to look at all of your things, and decide if they’re good enough to move. Does the busted iron deserve to hitch a ride with your long distance movers? Or is it cheaper to just buy a new one and toss the junk out. You only want to pack appliances for relocation if you want them in your new house! Of course, once you test them all, you have to clean them. You don’t want to carry dirty appliances around, right? You’re going to have to take them apart anyway – might as well clean them while you’re at it. Plus, you’ll get to see preexisting damage.

A vacuum cleaner. It's a shiny maroon cover, with black plastic. When you pack your appliances for relocation, make sure you don't forget the vacuum.
Make sure to pack up your vacuum cleaner last – you’ll be needing it to clean your house before you move!

You have to dissemble your appliances. You can’t just move them with all the fragile bits and expect everything to be fine! Of course, you might have to look up a tutorial for some things, like disconnecting a washing machine. But don’t be discouraged! With enough time and patience, you’re sure to pack appliances for relocation like a pro! You’ll have to gently take your appliances apart, and pack them separately. This is especially important for things that contain glass parts – like a mixer with a glass bowl. Glass is fragile, and you have to transport it separately. Plus, when you remove the loose or fragile parts, they won’t be in your appliance to cause damage when they’re moved around.

Get the right supplies to pack your appliances with

Getting a box that’s sized just right is very important, and so is figuring out what kind of moving box do you need. And making sure that said box has enough padding in it is just as important as securing all the fiddly parts of your appliances. You’d be surprised how destructive a sharp bend in a road can be if you haven’t packed your things right! Sliding around in boxes is a prime way to get damaged. Of course, getting moving supplies that are quality is no easy feat – that’s why many people choose to have packing services instead. And, of course, have to get enough padding – no matter if it’s packing peanuts or newspapers or crumpled paper.

A pink Kitchenaid mixer - close up shot. For the record, you can't find those under TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS ON SALE, and that's if you're lucky.
You have to take into account how expensive your appliances are. You paid a lot of money for that Kitchenaid stand mixer, now imagine it all going to waste because it broke!

How do you pack your appliances?

Well, you have to use copious amounts of packing paper in order to secure your appliances. No matter if you’re moving local or long distance, using Boro Park movers or Williamsburg movers, you need to take care in packing your appliances. So, you have to wrap your appliance in packing paper – but try not to tape your actual appliance, just the paper. Scotch tape or duct tape is really sticky, and it’s a right bother to remove. You want to use at least two layers, just in case. Of course, plastic wrap is also very helpful. Don’t forget to remove any batteries! And, of course, try to dig out the box your appliances came in, because that box was designed for transportation. You’ll have a way easier time relocating your appliance in it’s original box!

Tricks to make packing up appliances for relocation easier

Of course, there are a lot of tricks that will make your relocation a success. The correct packing of appliances is definitely one of them. They won’t make or break your move, but they’ll certainly help you have an easier time! And, in a way, save money. Everything you’re not spending on replacing your microwave you can spend on Brooklyn moving quotes. Of course, some of these tricks are for when you pack appliances for relocation, and others will help more with unpacking.

  • Do you have the owners manual? If so, find it! There you’ll find the way to disassemble and reassemble your appliance, and if you put it in the box with said appliance you won’t lose it. That will save you a lot of time on unpacking! Some people actually tape it to the box, but that makes it difficult to store it afterwards.
  • Lining your boxes with towels will help you cushion the appliances. Plus, you’ll save some space on transporting towels.
  • Fill the small bits of your boxes with packing peanuts or crumpled paper to lower your chance of damage.
  • Label your boxes! This will help you unpack later, and will help your moving team put the boxes exactly where you need them.
  • Label anything fragile. This ensures it doesn’t get put on the bottom of the truck. Plus, the movers will handle your items with velvet gloves.

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Reasons why you should hire professional movers

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  • Experience
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  • Cost
  • Stress

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