Use The Correct Moving Tools:
Appliances can be heavy, especially if your moving a fridge freezer or range cooker, so it’s vital to make sure you use anything available to make the job easier. A transport dolly/cart is a piece of equipment that can be purchased fairly cheap and would not only make moving the appliances far easier, but also reduce the strain on your body.
Always Lift Correctly
You might not always have access to transportation aids when moving an appliance, so if you need to move it manually it’s always best to follow the correct lifting procedures. Lifting correctly will reduce the strain on your body and reduce the potential for an injury to take place. A few key points to remember are:
- Lift with your knees – You’ve probably heard this advice a thousand times before, but that’s because it’s solid advice. If you bend over to lift the appliance you can put a strain on your back causing you permanent injury.
- Plan your route – Generally when moving an appliance you will have limited view of where you are going or even be moving backwards. Therefore it’s always best to plan your route in advance to make sure there’s no objects blocking your way you may trip up on and also so you can make sure the appliance will fit through any corridors, doorways or stairwells which you need to navigate through.
- Communicate – Chances are you won’t be moving the appliances by yourself due to their size and weight so communication is key. It’s easy for one person to lift too fast or move faster than their partner is comfortable with which can lead to damaging the appliance or more importantly, yourself.
- Don’t be a hero – If your losing grip or the appliance is proving to be too heavy to move in one go, don’t hesitate to put it down to take a rest and gather yourself. Moving it safely is more important than moving it fast. home appliances mobiles
Make sure everything is secure:
It’s an obvious piece of advice but also one that’s easy to overlook. The advice is to make sure all the appliances are secure before moving them. This can mean different things depending on the appliance. For instance it could be to make sure any removable shelves inside are removed or to make sure that the plug cable is tied up and secure against the appliance as to not trip on it.
As an appliance that will be on 24/7 and used on a daily basis a fridge is one of the key components to a kitchen. They’re not cheap to replace so if you have a working one it’s very likely you’ll want to take it with you when moving. Before you think about moving the appliance it would be wise to take a look at all the food you have and try to eat through as much of it as possible before the moving date, otherwise you risk wasting the food as your fridge will be without power for an extended period of time.
Unplug and Defrost:
The first thing you will want to do is empty your appliance out of any left over food, unplug the machine and defrost it the night before moving. If you don’t do this it will start to defrost itself over the course of the move which could either cause water damage to other things in its vicinity or create wet and slippery surfaces which can cause potential danger when moving your appliances from one place to another.