When it comes to moving appliances or special goods, there are quite a few things to take into consideration. Just like Meatloaf understandingly sang “I would do anything for love, but I won’t do that”, there are endeavors our movers can’t provide based on liability, regardless how much we would like to help. In such cases, you have two options. Allow us to contact a third-party company to service these items, or you can prepare them on your own. Below, you will find details on some typical specialty items, making it easier for you to determine which solution is right for you.
Moving your appliances is no bother for us. At the same time, the disconnection and reconnection steps call for expertise beyond what moving companies provide. Below are some guidelines to the most commonly moved appliances:
- Refrigerators– Providing it is attached to a water line, the line will need disconnected. When moving your refrigerator, don’t forget to disconnect it at least 48 hours in advance. You will need to anchor the doors open, placing a towel on the floor. It will absorb the water as your refrigerator and freezer defrost. Keep an eye on the towel and change, as needed, depending on how much water it absorbs (to avoid any possible water damage to the floor!)
- Top Load Washing Machines- Luckily, top loading washers are straightforward. All that’s necessary is to disconnect the waterline.
- Front Load Washing Machines– Front load machines call for additional servicing when when moving. Since the drum is suspended inside, a stabilizer kit is required to anchor it in place. Moving a front load washing machine without securing the drum with a stabilizer kit will ruin your washer. Luckily, these kits are usually inexpensive, accessible and easily installed.
- I already have the stabilizer kit– These are also called “shipping bolts”. It’s likely that when your washing machine was delivered, the company left these bolts behind. If this is the case, a quick web search of your exact model washer ought to provide details on how to reinstall the kit.
- I need a kit– An online store such as repairclinic.com will have most kits. Just type in the make and model of your washing machine, and order the kit needed for your exact model. Generally speaking, most kits cost from $30-$60.
- You might want to contact the company where you purchased your washing machine. It is not uncommon for the installers and delivery crew to set up your washer, remove the bolts and take them with them. Many companies have the capability to advise how to get a new kit for your specific model.
Clothes Dryer- If you own an electric dryer, all you need to do is unplug it! Gas dryers, on the other hand, require additional attention. The gas line to the home must be disconnected and capped. Whenever working with gas, it’s important to really take into consideration your personal skill level and whether this is something you’re confident you can proceed with on your own.
The disassembly and reassembly of standard beds is part of the services you can expect from Corrigan, specialty beds are generally beyond the scope of what moving companies can provide. Barring moving appliances, specialty beds are the next most common item requiring special services. Here are some most common specialty beds and how to service them.
Cribs– Due to ever-changing liability with baby products, moving companies don’t disassemble or reassemble cribs. If you would rather disassemble your crib on your own, below are a few tips:
- When possible, have the same person who assembled the crib disassemble it, that is ideal. Being that they already have the experience of putting it together, taking it apart can be much easier!
- It does not need to be fully taken apart. Disassembling into sections small enough to get through the doorway is all that’s needed.
- Photograph the crib before it is disassembled, and close-ups of the crib through the project. That way, you will recall where everything belongs along with the location of screws when reassembling it.
- Don’t forget to keep and label all parts and screws. Placing items in a zip lock bag and packing them somewhere you’ll remember is crucial.
Bunk Beds– Also due to liability, Corrigan does not disassemble bunk beds. Based on the complexity of your bed, you may be inclined to take this on yourself. The first step would be to do an internet search for the exact make and model of the bunk bed to see if there’s a video showing the disassembly steps.
Memory Foam Mattresses– Memory foam, and the ever popular “bed in a box”, are required to be boxed and transported laying down. Your move representative will likely to ask you if your bed is a memory foam or spring mattress. Memory foam mattresses don’t require special services, but we do place them in a box opposed to a mattress bag. This allows the mattress to keep its shape during the relocation.
Sleep Number Mattress– Sleep number beds require service prior to moving. While some beds simply require unplugging and letting the air chambers deflate, others need more involved servicing. Sleep Number has this resource to best guide you based on the model of your bed.
Treadmills– Providing your treadmill can fold, then we are likely to move it while folded without additional disassembly. At the same time, if your treadmill is located in the basement or needs moved up or down stairs, consider the width of the stairwell. If there’s a turn in the stairs or it is too tight, your treadmill will need to be disassembled to be moved. You should also, think about where the treadmill will be placed in your new home. It may go up the stairs at your current home, and not at the new home. Make sure to measure both sets of stairs prior to moving.
Ellipticals- Due to the bulkiness and awkward weight distribution, almost all ellipticals will need to be disassembled. Typically, removing the arms is enough to make the unit moveable. A quick internet search of your model should provide insight on how to remove the arms.
Pelotons- We’ve experienced a huge increase in Peloton and video screen stationary cycles over the last two years. The video screens and various parts must to be removed and properly packed in order to safely move the bike. It is advised to check with Peloton to ensure disassembling it does not affect the warranty. If this is the case, request recommendations or if they provide this service.
Grandfather clocks– The pendulum and weights have to be removed and carefully packed prior to moving the clock. Wearing gloves is critical when working with the weights; the slightest fingerprint will throw off the timing.
Wall Mounted Televisions– Movers cannot remove objects screwed into the walls. The most typical wall mounted item is a TV. Once removed, Corrigan can pack the television or you can pack it back in the original box. Television boxes are also available for purchase to ensure appropriate protection while moving.
Corrigan will do anything for customers, even that!
Don’t hesitate if you want to move appliances or specialty items as part of your household goods move. Corrigan can customarily arrange any necessary third-party services for you; we work with local and nationwide associates who specialize in this type of service. We can also include the cost of their services into your quote with Corrigan, eliminating the need to pay another company (although you may choose to provide payment directly to the third-party company, if preferred.) Corrigan consistently has our customer’s best interest in mind. There may be services moving companies can’t provide, but when it comes to our customers – we’ll do anything for you!
*Corrigan recommends consulting with the product’s manufacture in advance of tackling disassemble or reassemble any household goods or specialty items yourself. Failure to prepare items precisely for moving may result in damage and product failure.