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Preparing Large, Heavy Appliances and Bulky Items for Moving

Last Updated on June 1, 2023 by Vlad Stoikovich

Are you preparing for a move with large, heavy appliances or very bulky items like refrigerators, washing machines, pianos, dryers, or stoves? It’s a great idea to plan ahead, and this article will provide you with a comprehensive plan to handle these items, ensuring a safe and efficient moving experience.

  1. Assess and Inventory

Begin by assessing and listing all the large, heavy, and bulky items you will be moving. This inventory will help you prioritize your tasks and determine the appropriate packing materials, tools, and moving assistance you’ll need.

  1. Disconnect and Secure

For appliances, disconnect all power cords, hoses, and gas lines. Make sure to turn off the water supply and gas lines before disconnecting them. Secure any loose parts, like shelves or drawers, to prevent damage during transit. For pianos, ensure that the lid is locked, and the keyboard cover is secured.

  1. Clean and Prep

Clean appliances thoroughly, removing any accumulated dirt, dust, or debris. This will make handling and packing the items easier and prevent unpleasant odors during the move. For pianos, ensure that the surface is clean and free of any loose debris.

  1. Protect and Pack

Use protective materials like bubble wrap, furniture pads, or blankets to cover and secure your large items. Wrap the items entirely, paying special attention to corners and edges. For appliances with glass or fragile components, use additional padding to ensure their safety during transport.

  1. Hire Professionals

Some items, like pianos and heavy appliances, may require professional assistance to move safely. Contact specialized movers for these items and discuss your inventory with them to ensure they have the necessary equipment and expertise.  HomeMove has the specialised team and equipment for heavy appliances.

  1. Measure and Plan

Measure your large items to ensure they will fit through doorways, stairwells, and other tight spaces at your new home. Plan the moving route accordingly and remove any obstacles that could hinder the moving process.

  1. Loading and Transporting

Heavy and bulky items will be loaded onto the moving truck first, placing them at the back and along the sides to create a stable base. Moving straps or ropes will secure the items and prevent them from shifting during transport. If you are moving a piano, this requires the use of a piano board and heavy-duty straps to secure it properly.


By following this detailed guide to preparing large, heavy appliances, and very bulky items for a move, you can ensure a safe and efficient relocation. Proper planning, preparation, and packing will go a long way in protecting your valuable belongings and making the entire moving process a smoother experience.

Preparing Large, Heavy Appliances and Bulky Items for Moving FAQs

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If you have the necessary equipment and physical ability, you could potentially move heavy items yourself. However, for safety and ease, it might be best to hire professional movers, especially for very large or heavy items.

Yes, you should coil the cords, secure them with a zip tie or tape, and tape them to the appliance. This will prevent tripping or tangling during the move.

Dismantle the bed frame if possible, as smaller parts are easier and safer to move. Wrap the pieces in moving blankets to prevent damage and keep all screws and small parts in a labeled bag.

Disconnect the washing machine and drain any remaining water from the hoses. Secure the drum with transportation bolts to prevent it from moving during transit. Wrap it in moving blankets and secure it with tape for protection.

Use furniture sliders under heavy items to prevent scratches on your floors. For protecting walls, be mindful while moving items, and use corner guards if necessary. Also, laying down cardboard can provide an additional layer of protection for your floors.

First, empty out all food and clean the inside. Then, unplug it and defrost if necessary. Secure the shelves or remove them completely to avoid damage during the move. On the day of the move, keep the refrigerator doors slightly ajar while it is in transit to avoid mold and mildew.

Yes, a dolly or hand truck is a great tool for moving heavy items. It can help prevent injury and make the moving process much easier. Make sure to secure the items onto the dolly with straps.

Protect the glass with packing tape by applying an ‘X’ over it. Then, wrap the appliance with moving blankets and secure with packing tape. Always keep these items upright during the move.

Remove any removable parts (like cushions, glass tops, drawers) and pack them separately. Secure any doors or parts that might swing or move. Wrap the item in moving blankets and secure with packing tape. Use furniture sliders or a dolly to move heavy items.

If possible, pack the TV in its original box. If that’s not available, wrap the TV with bubble wrap, ensuring the entire surface is covered, and then secure it with packing tape. Consider using a specialized TV moving box.


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