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Moving Your Refrigerator

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How to Prepare Your Refrigerator for A Move

A few simple steps will help you save time and money

Appliances are not cheap, and your refrigerator is probably one of the more expensive appliances you own. If you are preparing for a move and bringing your refrigerator, you can complete a few easy steps to ensure it arrives ready to use in your new location.

1-3 Weeks Before Move

A few weeks before your moving day, begin to assess everything in your refrigerator and freezer. Plan your meals around the ingredients you find and try not to add more than the essentials when you grocery shop. This will make it easier to clean out your refrigerator as moving day approaches.

1-2 Days Before Move

A day or two before you move, empty everything out of your refrigerator. Whether you are moving across town or across the country, you do not want anything rattling around in there. Additionally, small amounts of food particles can grow moldy very quickly when sealed in an unplugged fridge. Clean every nook and cranny thoroughly with warm, soapy water to avoid being greeted by a smelly mess when you arrive in your new home. You can store unused food items in an insulated cooler with some ice or frozen water bottles. While you are in the process of cleaning your refrigerator, remove the shelves and other accessories such as ice trays that could shift in transit. Alternatively, you could securely tape all drawers and loose parts, but you will run the risk of breakage or sticky residue from the tape.

The Day Before Your Move

Unplug your empty refrigerator the day before your move and disconnect the water source for the icemaker or water dispenser. Use some tape or zip ties to bundle all the cords and hoses together so none get lost or disconnected during transport. You need to unplug well in advance to allow time for the interior to completely defrost, a process that could take as long as 8 hours. Wipe away all moisture and remove any ice buildup in the freezer. A dry interior will prevent leaking or mold growth during the move. If your transit will last more than a day, consider taping a small bag of activated charcoal, like the kind used in fish tanks, inside your refrigerator. This would help eliminate any odors if you missed a spot in the cleaning process.

The Advantage of Moving Companies

A reliable moving company will guide you in preparing your refrigerator for transport to ensure it arrives at your new destination as good as new. Professionals know the proper way to move a refrigerator and load it securely on the truck. The configuration of your refrigerator, whether the freezer is on the side, top or bottom, will dictate the best position for the trip. If it is necessary to move a refrigerator on its side, you must stand it upright for several hours before plugging it in at your new location. This prevents damage by allowing the refrigerant oil to flow back up into the compressor. It may take a few days for your refrigerator to return to its usable temperature.

Consider carefully whether you may want to leave your refrigerator behind, especially if it is an older model. Newer appliances are more energy efficient and typically installation is included when you make your purchase. One major deciding factor might be whether your refrigerator will fit through the doorways of your new home! Whatever you decide, the entire process will be easier with the help of professional movers.

Things To Do Before Movers Arrive

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Things You Should Do with Your New Home Before The Movers Arrive

When you are moving to a new home, the movers will usually give you a window of time when your stuff will arrive at your new home, after they have finished packing your belongings. That time between when you move from your current home and when you unpack in the new home can either be a pain or an opportunity. You can either spend it twiddling your thumb and seething with impatience, or you can do something constructive to prepare your new home, as Ackley Florida Management suggests. Hopefully, you should arrive at your new residence before the movers What simple steps can you take to make unpacking easier when they eventually arrive? Read on to find out.

1.    Map and prepare your new home

You need to know where everything in your new home is and how you want your items arranged. Your movers are not going to help you set up the home but knowing where you want your things can help you unpack in more efficiently. Designate a pathway for moving your boxes into the home and if you have already moved some of your boxes, keep them out of the way.

2.    Give the home a deep clean

Regardless of whether the previous occupant did a move-out cleaning or not, you should give the home a deep clean. You will never get a better chance to give your new home a thorough cleaning before the spaces get cluttered with furniture and other items. If you suspect that there are pests in the home, have both the outside and inside properly treated.

3.    Do minor repairs and improvements

Before the movers arrive is the best time to fix anything that is not working. Since there will not be any furniture to get in your way, this is the time to repaint parts of the home or touch up the paint. Go over the home and inspect doors, faucets, light fixtures, cabinets, and windows. Any repairs or improvements you need to do will be a lot easier now.

4.    Transfer your utilities

Ideally, you already gave notice to the utility companies before you moved out of your previous address. Now you need to let them know that you are in your new home and ready for the utilities to come back on. If you get the utilities running before the movers arrive, you can turn on the AC or heating and make the moving experience a lot more pleasant for everyone.

5.    Connect your services

Have services like cable, internet, and other subscriptions running before your belongings arrive. That way you

can plug in the TV and other devices and start using them immediately. This is a necessary step to make the new place start feeling like home.

6.    Buy essentials for the home

There will be lots of stuff from your old home that you could not bring to the new one; such as items a moving company will not transport. This means you will be short of some essential home supplies. Before your things arrive, use this time to stock up on what you need such as food, cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, and bathroom essentials.

7.    Get to know the area

Acquaint yourself with your new environment. Find out the location of important services. Talk to the neighbors; you may find out valuable information. Get to know if there are safety or security threats you should be aware of. If possible, stop at the local police station to say hello and introduce yourself. In short, get some situational awareness.

8.    Reserve storage if you are going to need it

If you are doing some work on the new home and will not be able to move your belongings into it immediately, you will need a storage facility near your home. Do not wait until your things arrive to start looking. Do it days before and take the time to go see the facility. You may also need storage if you do not plan to use all the items from your old home.

9.    Arrange parking for the moving truck

This is something you are likely to take for granted. Do not assume that parking will be available or you will set yourself up for disappointment. If the truck is not able to park close to the front door, you will give the movers more work and they will make you pay for it. To avoid stress and extra costs, find out what you can do to secure parking space in front of your home or a neighbor’s driveway.

10. Remove your doors

Hopefully, you would have taken the dimensions of large items like furniture. If they will not pass through the doors of your new home and you can’t dismantle them, you may have to remove the doors. You will normally need a professional to do this, but some movers will do it too. Whatever you do, make sure the doors are replaced before nightfall. Finally, protect the floor in your new home from scuffs and scratches by getting some protection for them.

Moving During the Summer

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Moving During the Summer

Summer relocations require careful preparation

If you are planning a move during the summer months, you are far from alone. Summer is by far the most common time for relocating. Families do not have to disrupt school schedules, college graduates find apartments, and military personnel are reassigned. More homes are sold in the spring and early summer, when yards are at their best and curb appeal attracts buyers. The warmer season ensures snowstorms or icy roads are not an issue, and you have the benefit of more daylight hours. All these factors result in a busy moving season for homeowners and moving companies. Here are some useful tips for planning a successful summer relocation:

Plan Ahead – Way Ahead

Obviously, planning is a vital component of any move no matter what time of year, but a summer move requires preparation months ahead of time. Moving companies will book up quickly, so the process of interviewing and selecting one must begin as early as possible. This is more important if your specific dates are limited. Memorial Day or Labor Day weekends are in high demand since they are long weekends to begin with, so you can expect to pay premium prices and to book well in advance for these dates. Summer in general will be a more expensive time to relocate, so knowing the company you will be working with and having a quote in hand helps you budget for the process and decide exactly which services are worth the price of professional movers.

Spring is a great time to have a garage or yard sale and planning to do so will eliminate your clutter to simplify organizing as moving day approaches. Plus, the extra money will come in handy during your move. If you decide to pack on your own, remember that packing materials are an added expense and are in short supply in the busy summer season. Order them well in advance of your move, keeping in mind that the process of packing will take longer than you think.

Stay Cool

Heat stroke, exhaustion, dehydration, and sunburn happen frequently in the summer, especially when you are busy with strenuous activities like moving boxes and furniture. Even if you have professional movers helping you, you are going to be exposed to the heat. It is a great idea to have a cooler full of ice and cold water as well as cold towels to help cool off on scorching hot days. You, your hired movers, and anyone helping will appreciate this gesture. Frequent water breaks on hot days make everyone more productive in the long run. You certainly do not want to see anyone pass out during the move. Children should be with friends or family on moving day if possible, so you will not have to worry about them getting sunburnt or cranky from the heat. Pets could be in extreme danger on hot days, so it is best if they are kept in a safe, cool place until the move is complete.

Dress appropriately in cool, comfortable, and lightweight clothing even if you will not be lifting a single item during the process. The excitement of the day and time spent outside is enough to cause overheating. Also wear plenty of sunscreen and try to keep your air conditioning running at both locations, so cool spaces are available for a respite from the heat on both ends of the move. A portable fan somewhere by the entrance to each home helps as well.

Protect Heat Sensitive Items

Some of your household goods are more susceptible to the heat than others. Computers and televisions, leather furniture, anything with batteries, appliances, plants, medication, important papers, and photos can all be damaged by extreme heat. These items should go on the moving truck last and be unloaded at the new location first to maximize their time in air conditioning and minimize heat exposure. If you can bring some of these items in your car ahead of time, that would also help minimize the possibility of damage.