Moving is always a busy and chaotic time. There’s so much to do, and it often feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day to get it all done. But one of the most important – yet often overlooked – aspects of moving is preparing your belongings and appliances for the move.
If you don’t take the time to properly prepare your appliances for transport, you could end up causing serious damage to them – and that’s something you definitely want to avoid. In this blog post, we’ll give you some tips on how to prepare your appliances for your move, as well as discuss the importance of planning and hiring a cleaning service to help with the move.
The importance of planning
When it comes to moving, one of the most important things you can do is plan ahead. If you don’t plan properly, you’re likely to run into problems and end up stressed out and overwhelmed.
Properly planning means giving yourself plenty of time to organise your relocation and set aside time to properly clean your home before the move. It also means making a list of all the things you need to do and taking care of any important paperwork or documentation in advance.
If you’re moving with young children, it’s also important to plan for their needs. Make sure you have someone who can look after them on the day of the move, as it can be a chaotic and confusing time for them.
One of the most important things to prepare is your home appliances, as they are often delicate and expensive items. The last thing you want is for them to be damaged in transit.
Firstly, you need to plan when you are going to unplug appliances to prepare them for the move. This includes planning the last few washes for the washing machine or planning for the last shop to prevent wasting food by turning off your fridge or freezer. Fridge/freezer appliances also need to defrost in plenty of time before transportation. Once you know when you need to unplug them, make sure you do so at least a day before the move. This will give them time to properly defrost or dry out.
It’s also important to clean your appliances before you move. This means giving them good dust and making sure there is no food left behind in the fridge or freezer. Any appliances that use water, such as washing machines, should also be cleaned out with a cleaning solution to prevent mould or bacteria growth during transport.
One of the best ways to protect your appliances is to use appliance covers. These can be bought from most hardware stores, and they will help to keep your appliances clean and free from scratches. Speak to your removal company first though as they may be able to offer appliance covers during the day of the move.
It’s also a good idea to secure any loose cables or cords on your appliances, as these can be a tripping hazard during the move. Use cable ties or similar products to keep them tidy and out of the way.
To make the entire process easier, you should consider making a moving house checklist. This will help to ensure that you don’t forget anything important and will make the whole process less stressful.
Your checklist should include items such as:
- Arranging for a professional cleaning service to clean your home before the move
- Packing an essentials box with things you’ll need on the first day in your new home
- Defrosting your fridge/freezer and cleaning out your oven
- Unplugging all appliances and securing any loose cables
- Booking a storage unit for any belongings you won’t need immediately
- Notifying utilities and service providers of your change of address
Relocations are usually simple enough, in theory, however, there are certain situations that can cause a bit of stress – like loudly telling the family to be careful not to knock over stacked boxes, and rooting through them to “quickly find” the things you didn’t think you’d need, but actually do.
Instead of suffering while waiting for a house move, consider storage solutions by Parkers Removals who can store your belongings before a moving date, which helps free up some space and reduce stress levels. This is especially useful if you’re downsizing to a smaller property as it gives you the chance to declutter your home and only take the belongings you really need with you.
Parkers Removals also offer a packing service, which can be extremely helpful if you’re short on time or struggling to do everything yourself.
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