When it comes to moving appliances or special belongings, there are many things to take into consideration. Just like Meatloaf famously sang “I would do anything for love, but I won’t do that”, there are undertakings our movers can’t provide based on liability, no matter how much we would love to help. In these cases, you have two options. Allow us coordinate a third-party company to service these items, or you can prepare them on your own. Below, you’ll find details on some popular specialty items, making it easier for you to determine which option works for you.
Moving your appliances is not a issue for us. At the same time, the disconnection and reconnection procedure warrant expertise beyond what moving companies can provide. Here are some recommendations for the most commonly moved appliances:
- Refrigerators– Providing it’s connected to a water line, the line will need disconnected. When moving your refrigerator, be sure to disconnect it at least 48 hours in advance. You’ll need to anchor the doors open, placing a towel on the floor. It’ll absorb the water as your refrigerator and freezer defrost. Keep an eye on the towel and change, as needed, depending on how much water it absorbs (and avoid possible water damage to the floor!)
- Top Load Washing Machines- Fortunately, top loading washers are clear-cut. All that is needed is to disconnect the water.
- Front Load Washers– Front load washing machines call for additional servicing when being moved. Being that the drum is suspended inside, a stabilizer kit is required to secure the drum in place. Moving a front load washer without using a stabilizer kit can ruin your washing machine. As you can imagine, these kits are most generally inexpensive, accessible and easily installed.
- I already have a stabilizer kit– These kits are also commonly known as “shipping bolts”. It’s likely that when your appliance was delivered, the company left these bolts behind. If so, a quick online search of your exact model washer will provide details on how to install the kit.
- I need a kit– A website such as repairclinic.com will have most kits. Just type in the make and model of the washing machine, and order the kit needed for your exact model. Most kits are priced from $30-$60.
- You should be able to contact the company where you bought your washing machine. It is not uncommon for the installers and delivery crew to set up the washer, remove the stabilizer kit and take them with them. Many companies have the capability to advise how to get a new kit for your exact model.
Clothes Dryers- Given you own an electric dryer, all you have to do is unplug it! Gas dryers, on the other hand, require further attention. The gas line to the home will need to be disconnected and capped. Whenever working with gas, it’s important to really recognize your personal skills and whether this is something you’re confident you can handle on your own.
The disassembly and reassembly of standard beds is part of the service you can expect from Corrigan, specialty beds are often beyond the scope of what moving companies provide. Aside from moving appliances, specialty beds are the next most common items that need special servicing. Below are some common specialty beds and how to service them.
Cribs– Because of the ever-changing liability and baby products, moving companies can’t disassemble or reassemble cribs. If you are going to disassemble your crib on your own, below are a few tips:
- When possible, have the same person who assembled the crib disassemble it, this is ideal. Being that they already have the knowledge of putting the crib together, taking it apart should be much easier!
- It doesn’t need to be entirely taken apart. Disassembling into sections small enough to fit through a doorway is all that is necessary.
- Photograph the crib before it is disassembled, and close-ups of the crib during the process. That way, you’ll recall where everything belongs and the location of screws when reassembling it.
- Remember to keep and label all screws and parts. Placing items in a zip lock bag and packing them somewhere you’ll remember is important.
Bunk Beds– Also due to liability, Corrigan cannot disassemble bunk beds. Depending on the difficulty level of your bed, you may be inclined to do this yourself. The initial step would be to do a web search for the exact make and model of the bed to see if there’s a video showing the disassembly steps.
Memory Foam Mattresses– Memory foam, and the ever popular “bed in a box”, need to be boxed and transported laying down. Your move representative will most likely to ask you if your bed is a memory foam or spring mattress. Memory foam mattresses do not require special service, however we do place them in a box verses a mattress bag. This allows the mattress to keep its shape during the move.
Sleep Number Mattress– Sleep number beds require service prior to moving. While some beds simply require unplugging and letting the air chambers deflate, others call for more involved service. Sleep Number provides this resource to best guide you based on the exact model of your bed.
Treadmills– Given your treadmill will fold, then we will likely be able to move it while folded without any disassembly. On the other hand, if your treadmill is downstairs, in the basement or needs moved up or down stairs, consider the width of the stairwell. If there’s a turn in the stairs or it’s too close, your treadmill will need disassembled to be moved. Meanwhile, think about where the equipment is going in the new home. It might go up the stairs at your current home, but maybe not at your new home. Make sure to measure both sets of stairs prior to moving.
Ellipticals- Due to the large arms and unbalanced weight distribution, almost all ellipticals will need to be disassembled. Typically, removing the arms is enough to make the equipment moveable. A quick internet search of your model should give details on how to remove the arms.
Pelotons- We’ve seen a large rise in Peloton and video screen stationary cycles over the last 2 years. The display screens and various parts have to be removed and correctly packed in order to safely move the bike. It is smart to check with Peloton to ensure disassembling it does not harm the warranty. If it does, request recommendations or if they provide this service.
Grandfather clocks– The weights and pendulum need to be removed and carefully packed before moving the clock. Wearing gloves is imperative when working with the weights; the smallest fingerprint can throw off the timing.
Wall Mounted Televisions– Movers cannot remove anything that is screwed into the walls. The most familiar wall mounted item is a TV. When removed, Corrigan is able to pack the television or you can pack it back in the original box. TV boxes are also available for purchase to ensure appropriate protection while moving.
Corrigan will do anything for customers, even that!
Do not worry if you need to move appliances or specialty items as part of your household goods move. Corrigan can always arrange any required third-party services for you; we work with local and nationwide associates that specialize in this type of service. We can also include the cost of their services into your quote from Corrigan, eliminating the need to pay another company (though you may choose to provide payment directly to the third-party company, if you prefer.) Corrigan always has your best interest in mind. There may be services moving companies can’t provide, but when it comes to our customers – we’ll do anything for you!
*Corrigan recommend consulting with your product’s manufacture in advance of tackling disassemble or reassemble any household goods or specialty items by yourself. Failure to service items accurately for transporting will result in damage and product failure.