Preparing a refrigerator for moving to your new location is a painstaking experience. This is because they are so bulky and cumbersome. White appliances such as fridges and dishwashers expensive, which is why you should always know how to prepare them before your removals company arrives. We have come up with some simple tips to help you get the job done with the least amount of hassle:

To move a large fridge, you will need:

  • Measuring tape
  • A screwdriver
  • A drill
  • Some moving blankets
  • Packing tape or rope
  • A U-Haul appliance dolly with straps

These can be bought from any department store, and you can always reuse these items to pack and move other belongings as well. We recommend keeping goods such as this in your home, because you never know when you might need them. 


Your first step will be cleaning the refrigerator to prepare it for moving. For this, you will need to empty all the contents from inside to either the bin, or somewhere you can store perishables, such as a cooler. Make sure you add plenty of ice in the cooler so that your food can remain fresh for the duration of the move. You will also have to bear in mind the time it takes your fridge to cool after your arrival at the new residence. You should always plan to eat most of your food in the weeks before your house movers arrive to load it on their truck. This means that you won’t have to waste money by throwing lots of food away. 

The best way to clean the surfaces inside is by using a mixture of water and baking soda. Use a microfibre cloth to scrub every inch and melt any remaining ice with a hairdryer. This step is critical to prevent any accidental water leaks, as this can cause issues and potentially damage your goods. After cleaning and getting rid of the ice, you should turn off the refrigerator from the main power for a few hours before your Horsham removals company comes to pick it up.

Some fridges have water filters and ice makers. These should be disconnected according to the instructions in your manufacturer’s manual. Roll your cord and tape it to the back of the fridge when it has been unplugged for some time. You should use bungee cords to secure the front door from swinging open during the move. You could even remove them and keep the screws in a separate bag to take with you. Make sure not to lose this bag so that you can assemble the fridge quickly after reaching the new home. This will all make for an easier transportation and move. 

Wrapping your fridge

To avoid scratches and dents during transit, wrap the outside of your fridge with the moving blankets. You can also use cushions and bubble wrap for extra security. When you finally arrive at your new house, you will need to make sure the fridge can fit through the front door. This is so your furniture removal professional can unload it to your kitchen. This is where the measuring tape comes in handy. Therefore, you can record the height and width of all the doorways and walkways beforehand. This will ensure that all your large items can safely be carried into the necessary rooms. In addition, this will also prevent any issues or struggles from occurring when trying to bring these goods into your new home. 

If your refrigerator does not have wheels, you will need to use the U-Haul dolly to slide it. For this step, you may also need some help, because it is a two-person job. The safest way is to lift the fridge forward and put furniture sliders under the back. Then step in front of the refrigerator and grab both sides to push it from side to side as you guide it forward. Keep your back straight and knees bent to avoid any injuries. Finally, ask your friend to lift the fridge slightly from one side to slide the dolly under. If your dolly comes with straps, you can use these to tighten and secure the refrigerator for your removals company to handle the rest. If you cannot do this step, ask your furniture removal professional for their expertise when moving to your new location. They will be happy to help, and will have the relevant equipment to carry out this task. 

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The links above can provide some answers to any questions you may have, or can even just give you a better idea of what to do when moving home. This can allow you to gain some more knowledge and be more aware of what will happen during your house move.

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