How To Move a Washing Machine

When you are moving home, there is a lot to consider. Packing up boxes is one thing, but moving specialist items, such as large appliances, is another test altogether. Of course, they are heavy, but they also have lots of fragile parts, which means they need to be moved with a supreme amount of care.

The good news is that we have moved many washing machines over the years. While we always recommend getting an experienced removal company to move your washing machine, we know that some people may want to handle the task themselves or be interested in what is entailed. So, we have put this guide together on how to move a washing machine to give you a helping hand. 

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What will you need to move a washing machine?

There are a number of different things you will need to get a hold of to move a washing machine, including the following: 

  • Packing tape – You will need to use packing tape to secure doors, wires, and cords before you move so that you stop things from getting tripped on or falling out. 
  • A reliable dolly – You will need to rent out a dolly if you are not using a moving service. Your appliance needs to be strapped securly onto the dolly before it is moved to the truck. 
  • Washing machine bolts –  These are essential because they will stop your washing machine from jostling, moving, or even falling during the move. With specialist transport bolts, the drum inside of your machine is going to be locked into place, meaning it will not move or end up damaged during transit. 
  • Blankets and covers – Blankets or covers can help to prevent superficial scratches or damage to the surface. 
  • User manual – After your machine is delivered, you may not remember how you installed it the first time, which is why the user manual is so important. 
  • A helping hand – Moving a washing machine should never be a one-person task. Not only could you risk the machine being damaged but you could also end up hurting yourself.

How to move your washing machine

Here are the steps that need to be followed:

  1. Start off by emptying and cleaning your washing machine – To do this, run a washing cycle with no clothes inside – only soap. Use white vinegar or another cleaning agent instead of your typical powder. 
  2. Turn off your water and power supplies – Disconnect all power and water supplies once your washing machine has dried out. To ensure it is done correctly, rotate the water supply valves in a clockwise manner and power down the machine entirely. 
  3. Detach the valves and water supply hose – You now need to unfasten the water supply hose from the external valve. With most machines, you will find that this is attached to the wall behind the machine. We would advise having some rags and a bucket close by, as you will probably encounter some residual water that has not drained away. 
  4. Install transit bolts – Next, you need to install the transit bolts, otherwise, the drum suspension and the other intricate components could easily end up becoming damaged while your machine is in transit. Different machines will have different methods of installation, so make sure you check out the instruction manual when completing this step. 
  5. Put the machine onto a dolly – Once you have disconnected everything and made sure all of the parts are secure, you will need to grab a friend to help you place the washing machine onto a dolly so it can be transported with ease. Shimmy the machine away from the wall, and when you have sufficient space, you can carefully tip the washer backward so you can get the dolly underneath it. You can then strap the machine on and take it to the van. 
  6. Load the washing machine onto the van – You are almost done now. Once the washing machine is on the trolley, gently wheel it to the truck. You can then load it onto the van via a ramp. You should secure the machine in the van so it does not move around in transit.

So there you have it: the 6 steps that you need to follow if you are going to move a washing machine. We would always recommend that you use the services of a professional removal team, as they will be able to make sure that your washing machine is moved correctly, as well as having insurance in place to cover any unlikely incidents. If you would like to find out more, please give us a call today.