May 7th, 2014
The team at Grand View Builders realizes that the stress from packing and moving into a new house can many times feel never ending. In our “How To Pack” series, we’re sharing some of the things we’ve learned over the years after seeing hundreds of homeowners move, in order to make your move as smooth as possible. We’ve shared tips for packing up your kitchen and now we’re talking about electronics and appliances.
Televisions, computers, home theater systems, refrigerators and washers and dryers. What do they all have in common? They are all expensive and they are all extremely cumbersome to pack and move.
While smaller electronics are best packed in their original packing, we know that very few people keep the box their 60-inch television came in. If you no longer have the box for your TV, DVD player or home theatre system here is some advice. First, label all the cords and remotes so you know what belongs to each device. While it is always the goal to keep the cords and remotes with the device, many times they get separated during the move. Having them labeled with something sturdy like tape or labels will make unpacking and hooking up your electronics much easier post-move.
For Televisions, you can actually purchase TV moving kits, which are specially made boxes that hold flat screen TVs in place. If you don’t want to purchase one of those kits, we recommend wrapping the TV in bubble wrap and moving blankets to protect the screen from scratching. Make sure to secure your padding with tape, so it doesn’t slide off mid-move. When packing your moving truck, placing your TV between two mattresses will make sure it doesn’t tip over while also adding additional padding and protection. If you’re not able to secure the TV between mattresses, make sure it is in a place where it will not fall over and nothing will fall on top of it.
For items such as DVD players, Xboxes, printers and computers, use the same technique to wrap with bubble wrap and moving blankets. It’s always best to remove any disks from the device and we recommend placing in the box horizontally rather than tipping it on its side. Keeping the item in it’s original positioning will help avoid mechanical failure or damage from the turbulence during transportation.
If you have to move a washer and dryer set, you will need a dolly, moving straps, and moving blankets. After you’ve unplugged the machines, emptied out any contents and disconnected any hoses, carefully tilt the machines back so the front of the appliances face the ceiling. Then carefully place your dolly underneath each machine to secure placement. Once the machine is secure, wrap moving blankets around is so you avoid any scratches and dents and secure with moving straps to attach to the dolly. Carefully roll them out of your home and into your moving truck. Large appliances like this should never be laid on the side or back, but rather always stored in their original placement.
For your refrigerator, empty out all the contents and remove all drawers, shelves and other loose or moveable items. After unplugging the fridge, defrost your freezer by leaving the door open. This typically takes anywhere from six to eight hours, so we recommend defrosting the night before your move so you have enough time to complete the process. Once you’ve wiped down all the water inside and it’s time to load your fridge into your moving truck, fasten the doors closed with strong rope or cord. Slightly lift the fridge to allow the dolly underneath and secure with moving straps. Do not place the refrigerator on its side or back as this can damage the appliance. Try to keep the refrigerator as upright as possible during the move.
Electronics and appliances can be some of the trickiest things to move as they are bulky and more susceptible to damage. We hope these tips help your belongings stay safe during your transition.
Stay tuned for more from our “How to Pack” series where we’ll provide tips and tricks on the best packing techniques for each and every room of your home.