What Are the Main Challenges Involved in Transporting a Refrigerator?
Need advice on how to move a refrigerator?
It is no secret that moving house comes with its fair share of headaches. However, since it’s something that must be done (whatever your reasons are) the best thing you can do for yourself is to plan and prepare accordingly.
Now, one of the most stressful rooms to pack is the kitchen due to the nature of the items involved. Most are fragile, but more than that, large appliances like the range and refrigerator pose a different set of questions that need answering if said appliances are to arrive at the destination unscathed.
That’s what makes moving refrigerators a pain: they are heavy and fragile, and the slightest misstep can leave you counting your losses. That’s not what you want when you already have a moving bill to contend with.
What Equipment Is Needed to Move a Refrigerator?
If you want to know how to move a refrigerator properly, it would be prudent to start by acquainting yourself with the tools and materials you need to pull it off.
Let’s run them by you, shall we?
Appliance dolly with straps – a dolly is a must-have when moving refrigerators. It makes lugging the fridge a cinch. If you don’t want to buy one, you can rent a dolly from local or long-distance movers near you or a home goods store. The best dolly for moving refrigerators is one large enough to comfortably hold your fridge; ideally with straps (also large enough to go around the refrigerator);
Measuring tape – when moving a refrigerator, a tape measure comes in handy when you want to know the dimensions of your fridge in relation to the doorways it will be passing through;
Screwdriver or drill – you might need a screwdriver to remove the doors, although this is optional;
Moving blankets – for wrapping the fridge to prevent against scratches and dings;
Tape and bungee cord or rope – for securing the drawers and/or doors;
Plank – to help in lifting the refrigerator to the moving truck or pickup truck.
In addition to the above tools and supplies, you’ll also need some muscle to give you a hand when transporting a refrigerator.