Home Moving Guides: How To Move Appliances, Like Washing Machines And Dishwashers

What are some good tips for moving large items that are too heavy for a person to carry?

Moving is a hassle, no matter what the circumstances may be. It is hard enough to move boxes, but oftentimes you may find you need to move large household appliances. Obviously, something like a washer, a dryer, a refrigerator or a dishwasher is far too big for one person to pick up, and often too big for even two people to pick up and carry to a moving truck. What do you do?

There are a number of angles from which you can approach the problem. Depending on what the appliance is, you may be lucky enough that it's on wheels. Most refrigerator models have some kind of wheels so that you can push them at least part of the way, although you may still have to resort to some other technique in order to maneuver them around angles.

Without wheels or without practical wheels, one easy idea is to use a furniture dolly. The big moving companies often have these available for rent in numerous sizes. The best ones are the ones that have a long flat edge that you can slide underneath the appliance in question, then tip it back toward you to easily push or pull it to the location in which you need it. Unless you are very sure-footed or are moving something only a short distance, it's a good idea to use a rope or bungee cord to secure the appliance in position on the furniture dolly. It may also be a good idea to have a partner help you guide the appliance or steer for you if it's something particularly large.

That's one type of furniture dolly, and it works well for items such as dishwashers and laundry equipment, but sometimes you may need to move something that does not fit nicely on that type of furniture dolly. In this case, there is also another type of dolly that is a wooden rectangle with wheels. In this case, you should have two to four people (depending on the size of the appliance), carefully lift the item up to place it on the dolly, and then it can easily be maneuvered to where it needs to be using the wheels.

What about when a dolly is impractical for some reason, such as if you need to move an item that's sitting on a carpet and you don't want to run the risk of running a tread into your brand new carpet with the not-so-dainty wheels of the dolly? Sometimes, in this case, there are special products available that are coasters of a sort that allow you to slide appliances or furniture items on a carpet without damaging the carpet. In this case, you only need to lift the item slightly, and then slide one of these small circular contraptions under each corner, and then you can push the item along on the carpet. You will probably still need a minimum of two people, with one to push and one to pull, in order to make sure that the item does not slide off the moving devices.

As a worst-case scenario, if you need to do heavy lifting, always have a minimum of two people for heavy items - and as they say, lift with your legs and not your back. Keep a straight spine and bend your knees to kneel down and lift something rather than keeping straight legs and bending your back.

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