Preparing Refrigerators, Stoves, Dishwashers and Microwaves for Moving and Storage
Cleaning is the first step in moving or storing your kitchen appliances. Refrigerators, dishwashers, stoves and microwaves have particular cleaning and storage requirements identified by the manufacturer’s warrant. Please review the manual and information for your appliance specifically.
Generally speaking, however, below are the tips you need to know for moving and storing appliances so they remain in great condition and extend the life of the product.
Self-storage is a great solution for short-term and long-term kitchen appliance storage. By properly preparing appliances for moving or storage, you will be able to keep the items in good working order when you need them. The important steps to consider are listed below.
- Turn Off Your Appliance
- Clean Your Appliance
- Defrost or Dethaw if Applicable (Refrigerator, Freezer, etc)
- Secure Doors with Straps
- Rent Moving Truck and Dollies
- Protect Appliance in Transport
- Continue to Protect Appliance in Storage
- Place in Rear of Storage Unit
Appliances should be placed on a moving truck first. Place them along the back wall and covered with a moving blanket. Load boxes and bags on top of the appliances during transit. If you are placing the appliance in a storage unit, place the appliance towards the back of the storage unit and allow a bit of space between the appliance and the wall.
Cover the appliances with a tarp for protection. Once the refrigerator, stove or dishwasher is placed in the storage unit, remove the tape and leave the door slightly ajar to prevent moisture build-up. Utilize the space inside of the appliances for additional storage space for kitchen appliances, comforters, linens and small boxes.
Storage World has a variety of storage units from climate controlled to non-climate controlled to fit appliances and more throughout the Atlanta area.
Speak with our friendly customer support team at any of our Atlanta area storage facilities to learn more.