By Mr. Appliance

From across town or across the country, the majority of people have experienced at least one address change in their lifetime. If your new home doesn’t come with appliances installed, moving yours can seem like a daunting task. In order for your appliances to arrive at the new house undamaged and ready to use, you need to properly prepare them for the move.

When packing smaller appliances, such as a microwave, or parts of larger appliances, use newspaper, towels or linens to fill in the empty space. Packing peanuts may get into the machines and cause damage.

Here are some tips to prevent moving day mishaps with your appliances:


Unplug your refrigerator at least 24 hours prior to moving it. If your unit has an icemaker, contact a professional to disconnect the water line. Remove all items and defrost the freezer before thoroughly cleaning the inside. Allow it to dry completely to prevent mildew. Remove all shelving and drawers to prevent them from cracking during the move.


If you have a gas stove, contact a professional to disconnect the gas line. Make sure both the top of the stove and inside of the oven are completely clean. Remove the racks from inside. Make sure all parts that can come off, such as knobs and removable burners, are either secured to the stove or removed and placed together in a box.


To clean the dishwasher, run an empty load with one cup of white vinegar. Remove and pack the utensil holder separately, then tape the door closed.

Washers and Dryers

Consult the owner’s manual for moving instructions.  Contact a professional to remove the hoses, then pack them separately in another box.

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About Mr. Appliance®:

Mr. Appliance is North America’s leading appliance repair franchise system. Established in 1996, its franchises provide full-service residential and light commercial appliance repair. Mr. Appliance has more than 150 locations throughout the United States and Canada and is consistently ranked among the top home service franchises by Entrepreneur magazine and other industry experts. Mr. Appliance is a subsidiary of The Dwyer Group, Inc. For more information, visit

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