How to Pack, Move and Install Kitchen Appliances When Moving House

Moving refrigerators, Major and Small Appliances

The kitchen is one of the most difficult rooms to move not only because it holds so much stuff, but also because there are so many different kinds of things that require special packing. It can be especially difficult when you have to move appliances and install them in your new space. Whether you're moving large or small appliances, use these guides to pack appliances and hook them all up in your new place. 

  • 01 of 08
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    When preparing large appliances for your move, there are special precautions you need to take. I recommend consulting the owner's manual before you decide whether to hire a professional service. Keep in mind that if you're not hiring a professional mover and the appliance doesn't work when it reaches your new home, the mover will not take responsibility for it. So read your manual first; then, whether you prepare the appliances or have a professional do it, take a look at this quick...MORE step-by-step for tips and tricks in preparing your fridge, stove, washing machine and dryer for your move.

  • 02 of 08
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    Moving large appliances is not everyone's cup of tea. They're awkward, heavy and require special handling, never mind patience. But if you have a few extra hands, the right equipment and consult your owner's manual, then tackling a refrigerator move might just be for you. I posed this question to a mover friend of mine and he offers his tips and suggestions in this article on moving a standard, home refrigerator so you can have a safe and injury-free move.

  • 03 of 08
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    We all have them: toasters, mixers, blenders, food processors and coffee makers. And how many of us, after purchasing and unpacking and assembling, really do keep the original box and accompanying packing pieces? Not me. I recycle the box as fast as I can. I hate having boxes pile up in the closet. So, if you're like me, then you'll need to pack your small appliances in boxes that may be too big and without the handy pre-cut packing blocks. So, take a look at this step-by-step guide to...MORE help you prepare all your small appliances for moving. And make sure they arrive safely; especially that most-needed friend, the coffee maker!

  • 04 of 08

    Free Video:Tips for Packing a Kitchen

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    If you're like me, packing the kitchen is one of those things you really hate to do; it's having to decide what to take and what to give away, then the wrapping of all those breakable things that seem to take so much time to pack. Check out this free video to see what moving supplies will make packing your kitchen easier, and learn how to get everything into boxes the best way possible.

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  • 05 of 08
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    Installing a washer is not all that difficult when you've done it once or twice, but if you're moving and hooking up a washer for the first time, use these simple instructions to help ensure everything is installed right.

  • 06 of 08
    Little girl putting a teddy bear into the dryer
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    While a clothes dryer might seem like an easy appliance to move and install, there are some types and tricks to getting your dryer installed properly in its new space. 

  • 07 of 08

    Free Video on How to Install a Dishwasher

    Woman putting a bowl into a dishwasher

     If you're moving into a new home and you need to install a dishwasher in the new space, find out how to hook up the water and ensure it's working right. 

  • 08 of 08
    Mother and baby in the kitchen
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    When moving to a new home with a baby or toddler, it's important that you baby-proof the entire area. Sometimes it's difficult to see potential dangers in a new home simply because you haven't been living there and interacting within the space. Find out what to look for so you keep your child safe. And we'll begin in the kitchen.