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7 Steps on how to move a washing machine & tumble dryer

When it comes to moving large appliances, the best advice is to leave it to a professional moving company who has the knowledge, experience, and equipment to get the job done. 

If that isn’t possible, we’ve put together some helpful tips on how to properly move these major home appliances.

For starters, you will need an appliance Trolley/dolly, moving blankets and depending on size – straps, as well as Bakkie/Mini Van or moving truck large enough to handle the size of the machine you are transporting. Be sure to measure the appliance and the area you will be moving it through to make sure there is plenty of room. Also, clear the passage way of any obstructions before you get started. Appliances are heavy and cumbersome, so it’s critical to prepare before you start the moving process to ensure they reach the destination without damage.

How to move a washing machine

  • Unplug the machine, open the door and let it dry for at least 24 hours
  • Turn off the water supply
  • Disconnect the hoses
  • Clean and dry outside of machine
  • Tape door shut (optional and dependent on closing mechanism)
  • Cover with moving blanket
  • Move using trolley or dolly

Unplug the washer and leave the door open to allow it to dry out for at least 24 hours before attempting to move it. Shut off the water supply and disconnect the hoses from the back of the washer. Have a bucket or another container on hand to catch any water left in the hoses. It is best to look in the washing machine owner’s manual to determine how to secure the tub to keep it from swaying. If you do not have the manual for your washer, you can usually find them online. Clean and dry the outside of the machine and tape the door shut. You may want to cover your machine with a moving blanket to prevent scratches. Lift the washer with the appliance dolly on the side of the washer, not on the front or back.

How to move a tumble dryer

  • Unplug the tumble dryer
  • Disconnect vent hose and lint trap, then clean
  • Roll vent house and place inside the dryer
  • Tape electrical cord to the back of the dryer.
  • Tape door shut
  • Cover with moving blanket
  • Move using a trolley/dolly

Unplug your tumble dryer and disconnect the vent hose. Clean the hose and lint trap. Carefully roll up the vent hose and place inside the dryer. Tape the electrical cord to the back of the dryer during transport. If you have a gas dryer, it is best to have a qualified technician disconnect the gas line for you. You will need a technician from the gas company to reconnect the line when you arrive at your new home. Tape the door shut and cover with a moving blanket to prevent scratches. Dryers need to be loaded onto the appliance dolly from the side, the same as washing machines.

With a bit of precaution and planning, you can move your washer and dryer safely to your new residence. If you’d rather us do the heavy lifting, we’d be happy to help! We provide affordable moving services in Gauteng (Our Home) and nationally. Call us to schedule your move!

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