When moving appliances or specialty items, there are many things to consider. Just like Meatloaf famously sang “I would do anything for love, but I won’t do that”, there are services our movers cannot provide because of liability, despite how much we’d love to help. In these cases, you have two options. Permit us to coordinate a third-party company to service your items, or you can prepare them yourself. Below, you will find details on the most common specialty items, making it easier for you to determine which process is best for you.
Moving your appliances is not a bother for us. At the same time, the disconnection and reconnection procedure call for expertise beyond what moving companies offer. Below are some guidelines to the most frequently moved appliances:
- Refrigerators– Providing it’s attached to a water line, the line will need to be disconnected. When moving your refrigerator, be sure to disconnect it at least 48 hours before you move. You will need to keep the doors open, and place a towel on the floor. It’ll absorb any water as your unit defrost. Monitor it and replace, as needed, depending on how much water it absorbs (to avoid any possible water damage to the floor!)
- Top Load Washing Machine- As luck would have it, top load washers are straightforward. All that’s required is to disconnect the water.
- Front Load Washing Machines– Front load machines require additional servicing when when moving. Being that the drum is suspended inside, a stabilizer kit is needed to secure your drum in place. Moving a front load washing machine without securing the drum with a stabilizer kit can ruin your washing machine. Luckily, these kits are typically inexpensive, accessible and easily installed.
- I already have the stabilizer kit– These are also called “shipping bolts”. It’s likely that when your appliance was delivered, the company left these bolts behind. If so, a quick web search of your exact model washer should provide details on how to install them.
- I need a kit– An online store such as repairclinic.com offers the kits. All you do is type in the make and model of your washer, and order the kit needed for your exact model. Generally speaking, most kits cost from $30-$60.
- You might want to contact the company where you found your washing machine. It is common for the installers and delivery team to set up the washer, remove the stabilizer kit and take them with them. Many companies can advise how to get a new kit for your specific model.
Dryers- If you own an electric dryer, all you have to do is unplug it! Gas dryers, however, require further attention. The gas line to the home must be disconnected and capped. If working with gas, it’s important to really consider your personal skills and whether this is a job you’re confident you can handle on your own.
The disassembly and reassembly of standard beds is part of the services you can expect from Corrigan, specialty beds are generally beyond the extent of what moving companies can provide. Barring moving appliances, specialty beds are the next most common item that require special services. Below are some most common specialty beds and how to service them.
Cribs– Because of ever-changing liability with baby products, moving companies do not disassemble or reassemble cribs. If you prefer to disassemble your crib on your own, here are a few tips:
- When possible, have the same person who assembled the crib disassemble it, that is ideal. Being they already have the fundamentals of putting the crib together, taking it apart should be much easier!
- It does not need to be entirely taken apart. Disassembling into pieces small enough to fit through a doorway is all that’s needed.
- Take a picture of the crib before it is disassembled, and close-ups of the crib through the project. That way, you’ll recall where everything belongs along with the location of screws when reassembling it.
- Do not forget to keep and label all parts and screws. Placing them in a zippered bag and packing them somewhere you’ll remember is important.
Bunk Beds– Also due to liability, Corrigan cannot disassemble bunk beds. Depending on the difficulty level of your bed, you may be inclined to do this yourself. The initial step would be to do a website search for the exact make/model of your bed to see if there’s a video showing the disassembly steps.
Memory Foam Mattresses– Memory foam, or the more popular “bed in a box”, must be boxed and transported laying down. Your move representative is likely to ask you if your bed is a memory foam or spring mattress. Memory foam mattresses do not require special service, but we do place them in a box opposed to a mattress bag. This allows the mattress to keep its shape during the transportation process.
Sleep Number Mattress– Sleep number beds require service prior to the move. While some of these beds simply require unplugging and letting the air chambers deflate, others demand more involved service. Sleep Number has this resource to help guide you based on the exact model of your bed.
Treadmills– Providing your treadmill can fold, then we will likely be able to move it while folded without additional disassembly. On the other hand, if your treadmill is downstairs, in the basement or needs moved up or down stairs, consider the width of your stairwell. If there is a turn in the stairs or it is too narrow, your treadmill will be disassembled to be moved. Also, consider where the treadmill is going in your new home. It may fit up the stairs at your current home, and not at your new home. Make sure to measure both sets of stairs prior to moving.
Ellipticals- Due to the large arms and unbalanced weight distribution, nearly all ellipticals must be disassembled. Typically, removing the arms is acceptable to make the equipment moveable. A quick web search of your model should provide instruction on how to remove the arms.
Pelotons- We’ve seen a large rise in Peloton and video screen stationary cycles over the past 2 years. The display screens and various mechanisms must to be removed and properly packed in order to safely move the bike. It is advised to check with Peloton to ensure disassembling it does not harm your warranty. If it does, ask them for recommendations or if they provide this service.
Grandfather clocks– The weights and pendulum need to be removed and securely packed prior to moving the clock. Wearing gloves is imperative when working with the weights; the most insignificant fingerprint has the potential to throw off the timing.
Wall Mounted Televisions– Movers cannot remove objects screwed to the walls. The most common wall mounted item is a television. When removed, Corrigan will pack the television or you can pack it back in the original box. TV boxes are also available for purchase to ensure the right protection during transport.
Corrigan will do anything for customers, even that!
Do not be concerned if you want to move appliances or specialty items as part of your upcoming move. Corrigan can certainly arrange any necessary third-party services for you; we partner with local and nationwide companies that specialize in this type of service. We can also include the cost of those services into your quote with Corrigan, eliminating the need to pay another company (although you are able to provide payment directly to the third-party company, if preferred.) Corrigan always has your best interest in mind. There may be services moving companies can’t provide, but when it comes to our customers – we’ll do anything for you!
*Corrigan recommends consulting with your product’s manufacture in advance of tackling disassemble or reassemble any household goods or specialty items on your own. Failure to service items correctly for moving will result in damage and product failure.