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One of the most difficult rooms to move is definitely the kitchen. When you are packing your kitchen for the move, there is an item that requires special care – the fridge. Fridges are large, heavy and expensive, which can be a concern when moving. But moving a fridge should not be a nightmare — you just need to know what you are doing. Follow this simple step-by-step process to pack your fridge for moving and you will become an expert in moving a fridge.

There are seven main steps to pack your fridge for moving

  1. Turn off and unplug the fridge the night before the move
  2. Clean the fridge thoroughly by removing all products and disinfecting all surfaces
  3. Remove the inner glass shelves and wrap them separately
  4. Avoid scratching the floor
  5. Wrap the fridge in a professional packing wrap before covering it with blankets
  6. Slide the moving cart under the fridge and fasten the strap around it
  7. Move the fridge carefully and slowly
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Let’s review each step to pack your fridge for moving individually

Step 1. Turn off and unplug the fridge the night before the move

When transporting the fridge, it is necessary to give the evaporator enough time to defrost. Otherwise, you risk damaging it during transport. Turning off the fridge the night before your Chelsea movers come will also give the oils and liquids plenty of time to settle down and stop moving through the compressor. If an automatic ice maker is installed in your fridge, you need to disconnect the water hose and remove all ice from the compartment to prevent leaks, spills and damage.

Step 2: Clean the fridge thoroughly by removing all products and disinfecting all surfaces

Once you turn off the fridge, you will need to begin the process of removing all the food and giving it a good clean. As soon as you turn off the fridge, it will start to heat up. A warm, dirty fridge creates a very unpleasant smell. So put some effort into the cleaning process if you want to enjoy a fresh fridge at a new address.

Step 3: Remove the inner glass shelves and wrap them separately

To move the fridge safely, you need to minimize the risk of any damage. And you will do that if you properly pack your fridge for moving. A common mistake people make is forgetting to remove the glass shelves in the fridge. After you have cleaned and disinfected the shelves, you must wrap them in wrapping paper or bubble wrap and move them separately. If you leave them in the fridge, they can jump and break, causing you to remove all the glass from the fridge and pay for a new set of shelves.

Step 4: Avoid scratching the floor

Knowing how to move a fridge without scratching the floor is a key aspect of any move of the fridge. If you are lucky, there will be wheels on your fridge, which means that all you have to do is gently roll it out of your location. If there are no wheels on your fridge, you need to be a little more careful. You do not want to move the fridge along the ground, because the sharp surfaces below it will damage the floor. Instead, you have to swing the fridge backward and slide the sheet or large piece of cardboard under the fridge. Then all you have to do is turn the fridge back and put the sheet under another section of the fridge, and you get the perfect mat to protect the floor while moving.

Scratched floor
Scratched floor can cost you not getting your deposit back

Step 5: Wrap the fridge in a professional packing wrap before covering it with blankets

A fridge is a significant investment. When moving the fridge, it is necessary to invest in high-quality moving supplies NYC that protect it from dents, bumps and scratches, as well as from damage to its internal mechanisms. To do this, you need to enclose the fridge in two layers of protective packaging. The first step involves using a professional packing wrap to provide the first layer of protection. After this, you should cover the fridge with moving blankets and attach the blankets to the fridge with packing tape. Never allow the packing tape to come into direct contact with the surface of the fridge, as it can leave marks on the fridge forever.

Step 6: Slide the moving cart under the fridge and fasten the strap around it

After you pack your fridge for moving, you need to figure out how to move the fridge. The best way to do this is to slide the moving cart under the fridge. And use the strap to attach the fridge to the cart. Two people are needed for this step since one person needs to swing the cart and the other one pushes the fridge forward. If you move the fridge to a moving truck, the person holding the cart must always move backward. While the person in front provides support and prevents the fridge from tilting forward. Be sure to secure the fridge as soon as it is inside the truck so that it does not bounce during transport.

Step 7: Move the fridge carefully and slowly

When moving the fridge, one of the most important steps is the transit process itself. During transport, you must ensure that your fridge is moved carefully and slowly. Remember that fridges should always be moved upright to protect internal mechanisms. Thus, you do not want to rush over the bumps, risking overturning the fridge.

Moving van
When it comes to moving the fridge, slow and steady really wins the race

Finally, after your fridge has arrived at a new destination, do not forget that you need to wait at least three hours before turning on the fridge. Use that time to organize your new kitchen, to see where everything should go. That’s all – when you know how to pack your fridge for moving, moving it should not be a nightmare at all!

About Author

John G.
John has been with Divine Moving and Storage in New York for nearly two decades. Starting as a young helper and climbing up the ranks to be a staple in our organization. John has the knowledge and experience to assist our clients with any move or storage related needs. You can reach John or any of our associates in NYC at 212-244-4011

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