How to pack and move large appliances

No matter whether you are moving from an apartment or selling your current home, it is vitally important that large appliances are packed and transported securely. Any mishandled movement could damage floors, walls, and even the home itself.

Dependent upon the appliance type, disassembling or removing some smaller parts may be necessary in order to facilitate packing and transport. You also want to protect its power cord so it does not become damaged in transit.

Read the Manufacturer’s Manual


Every manufacturer provides its customers with an instruction book, or product manual, which outlines how to use their device effectively. This document includes basic operational details, rules to abide by and warnings against engaging in actions which could harm both their appliance and you physically.

Additionally, manuals often include instructions on how to assemble or disassemble their appliances, making it easier for consumers to understand how best to use their appliance and avoid potential problems.

Pack appliances with care when packing them – ensure they’re wrapped tightly in paper and placed into an appropriate box that snugly accommodates their shape and size. Be sure to secure cords using twist ties!

Disconnect the Appliances

Large appliances like refrigerators, stoves and dishwashers should be cleared of debris and disconnected before moving them. Items requiring special expertise to disconnect high voltage wiring or gas supplies should also be handled accordingly.

Removing these devices will save both time and money over time, as well as helping the environment by not contributing to excessive energy use.

To detach an appliance, select it first before choosing “Disconnect Appliances” from the Commands menu. This will disconnect it without altering its wire path or cable properties.

Before using an appliance, carefully wipe down its stainless steel surface using a dry cloth or microfiber cloth and allow it to air dry – this will prevent streaks.

Clean the Appliances

No matter the appliance being transported, whether a refrigerator or an oven, cleaning them properly before moving is key to prevent stains and dirt build-up and make unpacking simpler at your new location.

First and foremost, each appliance should be thoroughly cleaned to remove dirt or debris. You can use a sponge or brush to thoroughly cleanse its surfaces.

Make a solution of hot water and vinegar to clean your appliances more effectively. The vinegar will break up grease and food particles while the hot water can help eliminate odors.

Once your appliances have been thoroughly cleaned, pack them away into their original boxes so you can pack and unpack more efficiently during your move.

Pack the Appliances

Large household appliances may seem daunting at first glance, but their necessity and careful transportation mustn’t deter anyone.

As there are some practical tips available for packing and moving household appliances safely, these could help prevent serious damage to them or your home during transport. Here are a few:

Pack Them Up: For most large appliances, the best way to store them is in their original packaging from when purchased. This ensures a snug fit between them and prevents movement that might damage them during transport.

Protect Small Appliances Individually: If you own many smaller kitchen appliances, such as blenders or microwaves with delicate parts, be sure to individually wrap each item in bubble wrap and secure with packing tape for transport. This will prevent them from shifting around during shipping and prevent their boxes from shifting during transport.