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How to Move a Refrigerator: A Step-by-Step Guide

By Two Twigs Moving

Moving a refrigerator requires careful planning and execution to ensure it arrives safely at its destination. Whether you’re moving to a new home or transporting the refrigerator to another location, here’s a step-by-step guide to help you navigate the process:

  1. Prepare the Refrigerator: Before moving the refrigerator, empty it completely and remove all food items, shelves, drawers, and other removable parts. Clean the interior thoroughly and defrost the freezer if necessary. Unplug the refrigerator and allow it to reach room temperature before moving.
  2. Gather Supplies: Gather the necessary supplies for moving the refrigerator, including moving straps or ropes, packing tape, moving blankets or furniture pads, and a dolly or hand truck. You may also need a wrench or screwdriver to remove any handles or other protruding parts.
  3. Secure the Doors: Secure the refrigerator doors with packing tape or moving straps to prevent them from swinging open during transit. This will help protect the doors from damage and ensure the refrigerator stays closed during the move.
  4. Measure Doorways and Pathways: Measure the doorways, hallways, and other pathways that the refrigerator will need to pass through during the move. Ensure there is enough clearance for the refrigerator to fit through without getting stuck or causing damage to walls or door frames.
  5. Protect the Floors: Place cardboard or furniture pads on the floor to protect it from scratches and damage while moving the refrigerator. This will also provide a smooth surface for sliding the refrigerator if necessary.
  6. Use a Dolly or Hand Truck: Carefully tilt the refrigerator backward and slide a dolly or hand truck underneath it. Secure the refrigerator to the dolly using moving straps or ropes to prevent it from tipping over during transit. Use caution when maneuvering the refrigerator on the dolly, especially when navigating stairs or uneven surfaces.
  7. Transport the Refrigerator: Slowly and carefully transport the refrigerator to the moving truck or vehicle. Use caution when loading and unloading the refrigerator to prevent damage to floors, walls, and doorways. If possible, enlist the help of friends or family members to assist with lifting and maneuvering the refrigerator.
  8. Secure the Refrigerator in the Moving Vehicle: Once the refrigerator is in the moving vehicle, secure it in place using moving straps or ropes to prevent it from shifting during transit. Place moving blankets or furniture pads around the refrigerator to provide additional protection against bumps and vibrations.
  9. Unload the Refrigerator: When unloading the refrigerator at its destination, follow the same steps in reverse. Carefully maneuver the refrigerator off the moving vehicle and into its new location. Use caution when tilting the refrigerator and removing it from the dolly to prevent injury or damage.
  10. Allow the Refrigerator to Settle: Once the refrigerator is in its new location, allow it to settle for at least 24 hours before plugging it in and turning it on. This will allow any coolant that may have been disturbed during the move to settle, ensuring optimal performance once the refrigerator is in use.

Moving a refrigerator requires careful planning, preparation, and execution to ensure it arrives safely at its destination. By following this step-by-step guide and taking the necessary precautions, you can successfully move your refrigerator without causing damage or injury.

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