Moving a washing machine requires a few items you should have on hand when you begin your move.
- Washing machine instruction manual
- Slip-joint pliers
- Washer locks
- Packing tape or duct tape
- Moving blankets
- Dolly, hand truck, furniture casters, or an additional blanket/towel to slide the machine to the moving van
To begin, shut off the water supply to the machine. Then, cut off power to the machine at the electrical panel and unplug the machine.
Only after these things are done should you use your slip-joint pliers to disconnect the hoses from the valves and from the washing machine. Keep a bucket handy to catch any water that may be left in the hoses.
Remove the drain hose from the back of the machine, per the manufacturer's instructions. Install washer locks and take any other steps outlined in the instruction manual to prepare your washing machine for moving.
Finally, tape the lid closed and tape the electrical cord to the back of the machine. Front loading washers automatically lock closed, so you just have to make sure the door is shut completely.
Wrap the washing machine in moving blankets to protect it from dents or scratches. If professional movers are loading your laundry room appliances onto the truck, your job is done. Otherwise, you'll want help from a friend (or even two, as washing machines can weigh as much as 300 lbs.) to load the washing machine onto a dolly and push it up the ramp onto the moving van.
If you don't have a dolly or hand truck, you can use a blanket to pull the washing machine to its location.
To move the washing machine up or down stairs, make sure to go slowly, lift with your legs and not your back, and take breaks as needed, even if you have to stop at every stair.
Secure the washing machine in the moving van with rope or ratchet straps. Feel free to stack light boxes on top of the machines, but not anything heavy that could dent the machine.
Compared to a washing machine, a clothes dryer is about half the weight and requires fewer than half the steps to move.
First, unplug your electric dryer and secure the plug to the back of the dryer using packing tape or duct tape. For gas dryers, disconnect the hose and store it inside the dryer.
Disconnect the metallic hose vent. If it's in good shape, store it in the drum. If you have an older vent hose, you may want to throw the hose away and replace it.
Finally, wrap the clothes dryer in moving blankets and load it onto the dolly to transport to the moving truck.
If you don't have a dolly, you can follow the same steps as you would with a washing machine, using blankets or moving casters. If you're carrying the dryer up or down a staircase, follow the same steps listed for the washing machine.
Before moving your laundry steamer, empty all the water to prevent leaks. Secure the electrical cord with a zip tie or duct tape the cord to the steamer. Many steamers are on wheels, making transport easy.
After you place the steamer on the moving van, make sure to lock the wheels or secure the steamer with rope or ratchet straps. Be extra careful with the hoses to ensure they don't get punctured or damaged in the move.
In addition to your washer/dryer, you'll want to pack up your laundry baskets, soap, fabric softener, iron, and any storage units in your laundry room.
Make use of your laundry baskets by packing other lightweight items inside. You might pack sheets, towels, or even children's stuffed animals inside laundry baskets for transport.
When you pack laundry soap or liquid fabric softener, wrap the bottles in plastic grocery bags and tightly tie the bags shut. This helps protect against leaks on the moving truck. Pack these and other laundry room essentials in a labeled box or bin, or put them in a laundry basket for easy transport and to keep all your laundry room items together.