A Guide to Packing Whitegoods
Our top tips on prepping your appliances for your upcoming furniture removal.
If you are anything like me, you have a drawer, or a plastic tub, or an expanding folder, or all of the above, in which you horde the manuals for all of your big-ticket items. You never use them, but keep them for the 1 day in 10,000 that you may actually need to refer to them. Today is that day my friend. These manuals usually have a section devoted to preparing the equipment for shipping. Where possible, follow those guides closely and stand proud and righteous for the forsight you have displayed in retaining them.
If, however, you have braved the mountain of manuals and come up wanting, then the following tips can get you through!
Fridges & Freezers
- Your fridge and freezer need a fairly long time to dry. Switch them off 1-2 days before the furniture removalists arrive and completely defrost your freezer. You need to keep the doors open so that they can dry out completely.
- If you have an ice maker, disconnect it and make sure that all water is drained.
- Clean them thoroughly both inside and out.
- Remove and wrap the shelves separately.
- You should tape the electrical cords to the back. Your fridge and freezer will be wrapped in furniture removal blankets on the truck, but it's still a good idea to cover the pins of the plug with tape to avoid scratching other items.
- Clean inside and out.
- Remember to remove the rotating glass plate and pack it separately!
- Tape the electrical cord to the back side.
- You may need a plumber to disconnect your dishwasher.
- First you should ensure that it is unplugged and the power switched off on the electrical outlet.
- Thoroughly clean and dry the inside of the dishwasher.
- There is usually a removable waste filter. You should ensure that this is taken out and cleaned thoroughly.
- Remove and soap and rinse aid from their dispensers.
- Disconnect the water inlet and waste outlet and ensure that there's no fluid left in them.
- Clean, unplug and tape the electrical cord to the back side.
- Washers need to be completely drained of water.
- Disconnect the water hoses. Manufacturers usually install clips onto the back of the machine to secure these, along with the power cord.
- Many machines have adjustable feet that screw up or down to level the machine. Where possible, shorten them completely.
- If, on the very off chance, you have retained those enormous bolts used for securing the barrel in place - make use of them. You kept them all this time, and it's time to reap the rewards.
Thanks for taking the time to read this and hope that you find it useful. Good luck with your furniture removal!