Most property owners feel relaxed and happy when buying a new washing machine because they don’t have to worry about the property’s security and transportation. The appliances are safely packed for delivery to ensure they don’t get damaged during transportation. However, the real problem arises when they have to move it to a new location. Given their weight and dimensions, washing machines aren’t made for moving from one place to another. Nonetheless, with the right moving company, you can transport your washing machine hassle-free. If you decide to hire a moving team, there are some things you should know to prepare the washing machine for transport.
Preparing the washer for transportation
The first, and probably the most important, the stage is hiring professional movers. Washing machines are incredibly heavy and bulky, so you won’t be able to move them let alone transport them to a new location all by yourself. If you try to do it in an attempt to save money, you’ll end up seriously hurting yourself or damaging the appliance. An extra pair of hands will do the job safer and faster than you could ever imagine.
Most owners skip the next stage and go for unplugging and packing right away. However, for professional movers, the stage matters because brands and models differ. To provide an effective service, movers, as well as the property owner, have to use a specific approach to disconnect, pack, move, and reconnect the washing machine properly. That is why you should check the manuals to make sure every step is done by the book.
Before the mover crew gets to your place, you should disconnect the washing machine and unplug it. Since most movers can’t interfere with the mains supply, you have to complete this step by yourself. If you don’t do this beforehand, then you’ll slow down the transportation process and end up frustrating both you and the movers.
To disconnect the machine from its water supply, find the water valves and rotate them clockwise. Then, switch it off and safely unplug the cord from the outlet. Now detach the water and drain hoses but don’t forget to let them drain any residual water in a bucket or the sink. If not, the water will leak in the van during transport and create a mess.
When it comes to the packing stage, the manual can help you. It contains all the details on how to secure the drum, hoses, and door during the move. If you have the machine’s original box, you can use it for packing. Make sure to tape all the cords to the machine, secure the lid with plastics or shipping bolts, use foam to fill every inch of space, and thick blankets or paper to keep the machine in its place and prevent any scratches or damage. You can also roll up the drain hose, secure it with duct tape, and place it into bags or wrap it in a soft cloth.
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Once you’ve properly prepared and packed the washing machine, it is ready to be loaded in the van. The safest and easiest way to load the machine in the van is with a dolly and loading ramp. This way, you can make sure not to damage the floors and transport such a bulky appliance efficiently to the van. If the stairs are in the way, you can use a stair dolly. The important part is to keep the washing machine strapped down to the dolly for safety reasons. Also, it should be in an upright position so as to prevent any residual water from dripping and damaging the electronics
Pro tips for property owners
Although there are many moving businesses out there, not all of them provide top-notch service. If you find a moving company that you’re satisfied with, then feel free to leave them a positive review online and recommend them to your friends and family members. This is particularly important if we’re talking about a small business. Similarly, before requesting moving services, go through the details with the company. Will they disconnect and reconnect the washing machine or not? Can they guarantee the washing machine’s safety during transportation? Having this talk will keep you on the same page and ensure the successful transportation of your white goods.
In the end, all that matters is that the washing machine is transported safely from one location to another. The professional moving company can make sure your home appliance reaches its destination safely, but only if you prepare well in advance.
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