Tips For Packing Up Your Kitchen
Kitchen appliances can be difficult to move and without the correct precautions, damage or complete breakage can occur. That is why it is important to take extra care during your house move, to ensure that everything that you want to take with you arrives in working condition. But don’t worry, while professional man and van services or removals packages can help, there are plenty of things which you can do yourself at just half the cost. So before you get stuck in check out the below advice and make sure that your moving day is completed right. 1. Fridges When you’re moving your fridge it is important to keep it as close to upright as you possibly can. Moving it on its side or back can cause unrepairable damage to its inner workings and leave you massively out of pocket. Before you move it make sure that it has been emptied of any food first and that all shelves and draws have been taken out and wrapped with care. The doors should then be securely fastened to avoid any unscheduled openings during the move. Once in your new home, the fridge should be left to settle for a few hours before it is turned back on. 2. FreezersAs with fridges, freezers should always be moved in an upright position ideally on a trolley to avoid any sudden movements. Before it is moved, it should also be thoroughly defrosted to avoid any en-route water damage to the rest of your belongings and should be completely emptied of its draws, food and ice compartments. If your freezer does not have any lingering ice or frost then turning it off overnight should suffice. 3. MicrowaveIf you have a microwave which you need to move then finding a suitably sized box is key to ensuring its safe arrival. A medium-sized box is suitable for most microwaves and should be a relatively snug fit to avoid any movement. If the box is too big then ensure that packing fillers are placed around the appliance to avoid any unnecessary moving. Remember that any internal plate and mechanisms should be removed before it is placed in the box to avoid any damage in the removals van. 4. Cooker/OvenWhile most cookers and ovens are now part of fitted kitchens and do not need to move, if you have a standalone appliance which you are taking with you then it must be moved with the utmost care. Using a professional electrician is recommended for electric cookers, while gas cookers must be removed and installed by fully-qualified gas technicians. Once detached from your electric or gas, the cooker itself should then be moved in an upright position, ideally on a trolley or jack. Professional removal services or van and man workers may be the best option as they are not only heavy but expensive to replace. 5. Crockery, Cutlery & Other AppliancesThere are many items in your kitchen which you just can’t do without when you’re moving house – the kettle, the toaster, the occasional plate to eat off – so labelling your kitchen boxes is often more important than in any other room. Remember to put essential items into clearly labelled boxes and load them onto the moving van last so that they are easy to access at the other end. All plates, cups, glasses and breakables should be carefully wrapped and securely placed in boxes to avoid any breakages along the way, while sharp knives and other blades should be carefully protected to avoid any unexpected trips to A & E.