If you’re in the process of moving to a new home in the D.C. area, it’s important to take the necessary steps to protect your investments. Since large kitchen appliances are likely some of the most expensive items you own, they should receive some extra attention while being prepared for transport. Besides cleaning and drying, there are tips specific to each appliance in your residence. Here are some recommended ways to pack and move your kitchen appliances efficiently and safely.

Unplug the refrigerator at least 24 hours prior to your move, and dispose of all perishables. Once the freezer has defrosted, clean and dry all surfaces of the unit thoroughly. Vacuum the condenser or compressor to remove dust. If you have an ice maker, disconnect the water line and make sure the reservoir is completely drained. Finally, remove all racks or secure them so they don’t shift during the move.
At your new home, have a provider of professional appliance installation in Washington, D.C., reconnect the icemaker and water dispenser to the waterline.

Empty your dishwasher and remove the utensil rack to be packed separately. Disconnect the hoses and drain them, then wrap them in towels and packing paper. Place the hoses inside the dishwasher for safety during the move.

Before transporting your stove, clean the stovetop to prevent dust and dirt from sticking to any grease that may be present. Tape down knobs and elements to ensure no parts are lost during transport.If you are moving a gas range, have a qualified technician disconnect it and cap off the gas line. When arriving at your new residence, professional appliance installation in Washington, D.C., will be needed to connect your range to the new gas line.

For all appliances, secure the plugs to the back of the units with packing tape. Cords shouldn’t dangle or come loose when moving. If you choose, lightweight and unbreakable items such as blankets or chair cushions can even be stored and moved in the empty caverns of your appliances. Simply place the items in plastic bags first for protection. Lastly, make sure all doors are taped and secured before moving.

When you’ve arrived at your new home, you can ensure that your major appliance installations in Washington, D.C., are performed correctly the first time when you call Quality Kitchens.