Refrigerators are bulky and heavy, making moving them a challenge. In addition to the weight and size, you also need to consider the compartments and content in the freezer. Attempting to move a freezer may take several days, so hiring professional movers is a popular choice of action. If you are trying to take on this momentous task, you’ll want to follow these steps.
Preparing to move a freezer
Collect a hand truck or dolly with straps
Even with super-strength, moving a freezer isn’t an easy task. Precise moving techniques are needed to prevent bodily damage and strain, or damage to your home and the freezer itself. You’ll want a hand truck or dolly with straps and a few friends.
Here are some other supplies you’ll need:
- Blankets to stop the freezer from scratching the floors
- Hand truck or appliance dolly with straps
- Furniture sliders
- Bubble wrap
- At least two movers
Empty the Freezer
Clear out your freezer before you move. As usual, preparation is key. Take note of what is in your freezer and get rid of anything you no longer want or need. Then, make a plan to use everything up or find alternate methods of storage before moving day.
All your frozen goods must be out of the freezer before the move. Food will make the freezer heavier and loose items can cause interior damage.
Defrost the Freezer
Ice also contributes to the weight! Defrost the freezer at least 24 hours before your move to lessen the load. You can defrost it by unplugging it or using the defrost function.
Clean and measure
Remove all shelves and drawers. Then, scrub the interior with a baking soda and vinegar mixture and wipe the paste off using a damp cloth.
Be prepared for tight spots. Measure the height, width, and depth, and see if any route in the house will prove to be an obstacle. You can take another path or remove doors if necessary.
How to Move a Freezer on Moving Day
Secure hazardous parts
With the freezer cleaned out, it’s time to secure it. Freezers are heavy and capable of causing damage to the house and the people who are transporting them. To make your move the safest, secure the freezer’s cords to its side with tape, then remove the freezer door. Add moving blankets to the inside of the freezer as well, canvassing every nook and cranny.
Any shelves or drawers you remove can be wrapped in towels or bubble wrap and placed in a box. You can also wrap the freezer door in moving blankets and secure it with strong tape.
Put the freezer on a hand dolly or truck
Now, it’s time to position the freezer on the dolly. Get your movers to rock the freezer side-to-side to move it away from the wall. You can also use furniture sliders to make this process easier. Together, tilt one side of the freezer at a time and push the dolly underneath.
Then, secure the freezer with ratchet straps or a strong rope.
Load the freezer
As you wheel the freezer, go slowly down your path, especially around doorways and bumps. One person can push while two others are on both sides. If there are any stairs, you’ll need two people to lift both sides and carry them. Avoid placing the freezer on its side or back as this can damage the refrigerator’s coils.
Use a ramp to load it inside. Secure the freezer inside the truck with straps or rope as movement during the drive can also cause damage to your belongings.
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