Refrigerators, stoves, ovens, dishwashers, and even microwaves are a valuable investment—and not always a guarantee when moving into a new home. Unfortunately, this may also mean a temporary stay in self storage.
But these costly belongings are not only difficult to move, they also require special steps to assure they’re fit for a storage unit.
With proper preparations and finding the right storage features, moving these heavy and large items can be safer and, dare we say, easier.
How to prepare kitchen appliances
As most kitchen appliances content some form of food at one point or another, generally speaking, all appliances should be thoroughly cleaned to reduce the risk of both mold growth, which can cause quite both a literal and figurative stink, as well as to avoid attracting any pests. This may mean using some extra elbow grease and the addition of the cleaner of your choice.
Appliance-specific instructions include:
Refrigerators will need to be drained of any liquid, which includes both ice makers and any water supply lines. This may also mean you’ll have to unplug and defrost the fridge days before you move it out. Make sure you secure the doors shut for transport.
Dishwashers will need to be unplugged, cleaned, and given a minimum of 24 hours to completely dry out. Disconnect the hoses and clean them out as well before letting them dry out as well. These hoses can be stored inside the washer during the move, and you can tape any cords to the sides.
Stoves may need a mild detergent or oven cleaner. Gas-stove owners who are uncomfortable or unsure of how to disconnect a gas line pipe should request a professional to disengage the piping, but if you own an electrical oven, simply unplug it yourself.
Microwave storage starts by removing the glass turntable inside the microwave, and clean both the inside and outside of the microwave. If possible, store these appliances in their original packaging. Otherwise, find a cardboard box and us filler materials such as packing peanuts or even old towels.
What do you need to store kitchen appliances
When looking for a storage unit for your appliances, there are some key features to seek out. For starters, it will be no secret that these appliances are heavy and difficult to carry upstairs and down hallways. You can find a unit with the drive up access feature, which allows you to park your truck or trailer directly to your unit, for ease in dropoff and pickup.
You’ll also want to find a storage facility with climate control. This feature maintains a constant temperature and humidity level within the unit, regardless of whether or not the weather outside is hot, humid, or freezing. This will help protect mechanical and electronic parts, which can be sensitive to weather, as well as any rust from building up on metal components.
Tips for storing kitchen appliances
While moving these appliances, make sure you secure any loose components such as knobs and even whole doors on your refrigerator or freezer. It’ll also be good to place moving blankets or other breathable coverings on top of stove tops or the fridge. Place these appliances vertically on your trailer or truck bed as they’re not intended to be laid on their sides. As with any move, place these heavy items last on the trailer—making them they first to be pulled out.
Now, while doors should be secured during the move, it’s actually suggested that you crack open all of them to allow airflow to prevent mold growth. You may also want to add a box of baking soda to prevent smells from developing.
Storing appliances isn’t always ideal, but thankfully with the right steps and storage features, storing appliances doesn’t have to be difficult. For more tips on moving, click here.