Special Service Items on Your Household Goods Move
When it comes to moving appliances or specialty items, there are several things to consider. Just like Meatloaf famously sang “I would do anything for love, but I won’t do that”, there are services our movers cannot provide due to liability, no matter how much we’d love to help. In these cases, you have two options. Let us coordinate a third-party company to handle these items, or you can service them yourself. Below, you’ll find tips and explanations for the most common specialty items, making it easy for you to decide which option is best for you.
“Corrigan would do anything for your move, but we can’t do that”
Moving your appliances is no problem for us. However, the disconnection and reconnection process require expertise beyond what moving companies can offer. Here are some guidelines to the most commonly moved appliances:
- Refrigerators– If it’s connected to a water line, that line will need disconnected. When moving your refrigerator, be sure to disconnect it at least 48 hours in advance. You’ll want to keep the doors open, placing a towel on the floor. This will absorb the water as your refrigerator and freezer defrost. Keep an eye on the towel and replace as needed depending on the how much moisture it absorbs (to avoid possible water damage to your floor!)
- Top Load Washing Machines- Luckily, top load washers are straightforward. All that’s needed is to disconnect the waterline.
- Front Load Washing Machines– Front load washing machines require extra care when moving them. Since the interior drum is suspended inside, a stabilizer kit is needed to hold your drum in place. Moving a front load washer without installing a stabilizer kit will ruin your washing machine. Luckily, these kits are typically inexpensive, easy to order and easy to install.
- I already have the stabilizer kit– These are also called “shipping bolts”. It’s possible that when your washing machine was delivered, the company left these bolts behind. If so, a quick web search of your exact model washer should provide details on how to install them.
- I need a kit– A website such as repairclinic.com sells these kits. Simply type in the make and model of your washing machine, and order the kit needed for your exact model. Most kits range from $30-$60.
- You can also contact the company where you purchased your washing machine. It’s common for the installers and delivery crew to set up your washer, remove the bolts and take them with them. Many companies can advise how to get a new kit for your specific model.
Dryers- If you have an electric dryer, all you need to do is unplug it! Gas dryers, however, require special attention. The gas line to the home will need to be disconnected and capped. When working with gas, it’s important to really consider your personal skills and whether this is something you’re confident you can handle on your own.
While disassembly and reassembly of standard beds is part of the service you can expect from Corrigan, specialty beds may be beyond the scope of what moving companies provide. Aside from moving appliances, specialty beds are the next most common items that need special services. Below are some of the most common specialty beds and how to service them.
Cribs– Due to ever changing liability with baby products, moving companies cannot disassemble or reassemble cribs. If you would rather disassemble your crib on your own, here are a few tips:
- If the same person who assembled the crib can disassemble it, that is ideal. Since they already have the experience of putting it together, taking it apart should be much easier!
- The crib does not need to be fully taken apart. Disassembling into pieces small enough to fit through the doorway is all that’s needed.
- Take a picture of the crib before it’s disassembled, and close ups of the crib during the process. That way, you’ll remember where everything goes and the location of screws when reassembling it.
- Be sure to keep and label all screws and parts. Placing them in a zip lock bag and packing them somewhere you’ll remember is crucial.
Bunk Beds– Also due to liability, Corrigan cannot disassemble bunk beds. Depending on the complexity of your bed, you may decide to take this on yourself. The first step would be to web search the exact make/model of your bunk bed to see if there’s a video showing the disassembly steps.
Memory Foam Mattresses– Memory foam, or the increasingly popular “bed in a box”, need to be boxed and transported laying flat. Your move consultant is likely to ask you if your bed is a memory foam or spring mattress. Memory foam mattresses do not require special service, but we do place them in a box instead of a mattress bag. This ensures the mattress keeps its proper shape during the transportation process.
Sleep Number Mattress– Sleep number beds require service prior to the move. Some models simply require unplugging and letting the air chambers deflate. Others need more involved service. Sleep Number has provided this resource to best guide you based on the exact model of your bed.
Treadmills– If your treadmill can fold, then we can likely move it while folded without additional disassembly. However, if your treadmill is in the basement or needs moved up or down a staircase, consider the width of your stairwell. If there’s a bend in the stairs or it’s too narrow, your treadmill will need disassembled to be moved. Also, think about where the treadmill is going in the new home. It may fit up the stairs at your current home, but maybe not at the new home. Be sure to measure both sets of stairs to ensure it can be moved while folded.
Ellipticals- Due to the large arms and awkward weight distribution, nearly all ellipticals will need to be disassembled. Typically, removing the arms is enough to make the unit moveable. Doing a quick web search of your model should provide details on how the remove the arms.
Pelotons- We’ve seen a huge rise in Peloton and video screen stationary cycles over the last 2 years. The video screens and various components need to be removed and properly packed in order to safely move the bike. It’s best to check with Peloton to ensure having it disassembled does not impact your warranty. If so, ask them for recommendations or if they provide this service.
Grandfather clocks– The weights and pendulum need removed and carefully packed prior to moving the clock. Wearing gloves is imperative when handling the weights; the slightest fingerprint can throw off the timing.
Wall Mounted TVs– Movers cannot remove anything that is screwed into the walls. The most common wall mounted item is a TV. Once removed, Corrigan can pack the TV or you can pack it back in the original box. TV boxes are also available for purchase to ensure proper protections during transport.
Corrigan will do anything for our customers, even that!
Don’t worry if you need to move appliances or specialty items as part of your household goods move. Corrigan will always arrange any required third-party services for you; we partner with local and nationwide companies who specialize in this type of service. We can also include the cost of those services into your quote with Corrigan, eliminating the need to pay another company (though you can provide payment directly to the third-party company, if you prefer.) Corrigan always has your best interest in mind and will never convince you of a service you don’t need. There may be services moving companies can’t provide, but when it comes to our customers – we’ll do anything for you!
*Corrigan recommends consulting with the product’s manufacture before attempting to disassemble or reassemble any household goods or specialty items on your own. Failure to service items correctly for moving can result in damage and product failure.
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