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How to prepare your washing machine for a relocation

How to prepare your washing machine for a relocation

Whether you own a top loading or front loading washing machine, there’s a little work in preparing it for a relocation. Since washing machines are expensive and important investments, you will want to take care of yours so that it works properly when it is in your new home. Luckily preparing one is easy when you know what to expect, this is why we have provided you with some tips on how to prepare your washing machine for a move.

Find the manual

Because every model is different, it is important to find the owner’s manual for your machine and check the manufacturer’s recommendations for moving. If you don’t have the owner’s manual you should be able to find it online by looking up the brand, model, and owner’s manual. Start thinking about how you are going to move your washing machine, problems finding the owners manual you will still have plenty of time to prepare.


Get the supplies you will need

Before you start you are going to need bleach, a bucket, slip joint pliers, tape or plastic stretch wrap, household cleaner, washer locks or foam, moving blankets or paper padding, moving dolly or hand truck and rope or ratchet straps.


Moving the washing machine

The instructions below apply to both top loaded and front-loading washing machines, unless your manual states otherwise, in which case do what the manual says. These steps also work if you plan to leave your washing machine in storage.

The first thing you should do is run the empty machine through a wash cycle on hot, using bleach or white vinegar to clean the drum and drain lines of detergent residue. Leave it to dry completely after you have run it, at least twenty-four hours. Turn off the water supply, these valves are usually behind the washer, and you may have to shimmy the washer out from the wall to get to them but be careful that you don’t pull the lines loose. After all, this is done turn off the power by finding the washing machine on your homes electric panel and disable it. Continue by unplugging the washing machine, then disconnect and drain the hoses, there may be residual water in them, and you should drain it before you continue.

Have a bucket and large bowl handy and use slip-joint pliers to disconnect both the hot and cold water supply hoses upright to keep the water from spilling out. Make sure to disconnect the hoses one at a time and empty any water into the bucket. Remove the water hoses and store them in the machine. Keep the drain hose attached and secure it to the washer using tape or plastic stretch wrap. Clean the outside of the machine using any household cleaner. Install the washer locks and secure all the movable parts like the door with tape. Finally, wrap the washer in moving blankets or paper padding to protect the washing machine while it’s being moved.


Loading the washing machine onto the truck

Since these are heavy machines, we recommend that you always have someone to help you move it. Carefully tilt the machine back and slide your dolly underneath, once it is safely strapped down onto the dolly wheel it out and load it. Be extra cautious when going over thresholds and up ramps to make sure the washer doesn’t come loose. Secure the appliance inside the truck with rope or ratchet straps.