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Tips for Moving a Washer and Dryer

Tips for Moving a Washer and Dryer

When planning on moving your washer and dryer, the first consideration needs to be: “to move or replace.”  Washers and dryers are a big investment and when planning a move, a decision must be made whether to move these appliances to your new home or to leave them with the home and buy new.  Here are some things to think about:

  1. How old are your washer and dryer? If they are 15 years old, better to leave them and purchase new models.
  2. Will they fit in your new home, especially if you are downsizing to a smaller home or condo?
  3. Research new appliances before deciding. New washers and dryers offer many features and energy-saving options.

Prepare for moving your washer and dryer

Washers and dryers need to be properly protected from damage during a move or while in storage. You should consult your owner’s manual for manufacturer’s instructions on moving a washer or dryer. 

Before the movers arrive 

  1. Clean the appliances by running a clean rinse in the washer to remove any detergent residue. You can add a vinegar solution through the rinse cycle if there is hard-to-remove residue. Remove lint from the dryer lint filter and clean according to manufacturer’s directions.
  2. Shut off the cold and hot water valves from the wall and disconnect the washer hose. For a gas dryer, turn off the gas and remove the hose very carefully from the wall. Consult your gas company for assistance.
  3. Switch off the washer and dryer’s circuit breakers.
  4. Leave the washer door open for a few days to ensure that it is completely dry before moving or storing it.
  5. Store hoses and electrical wires inside the washer and dryer for safe keeping during the move.  

Dolly.com provides a few extra tips and tricks to help you.

Be sure to use a dolly for moving your washer and dryer

The washer and dryer should be placed on a moving dolly and secured with bungee cords or rope.  The washer and dryer should be moved in an upright position – do not lay them on their sides under any circumstances!  A stackable washer/dryer should be moved and stored in an upright position as well.

Laying a washer and dryer on their sides can cause the inner and outer tubs to bump against each other, which can loosen support pads or damage the suspension. This can also cause the tubs to move out of alignment and cause problems in operation. 

Wrap ‘er up!

To prevent scratches, broken doors or hinges while moving your washer and dryer, wrap blankets around the appliances. Blankets can be secured by tape, bungie cords, or rope.

Last, but not least

Load the washer and dryer into the moving truck last. These appliances will then be the first items removed when you are unloading at your new home.

 

If you have questions about moving or storing your washer and dryer, call one of our Ayer Moving and Storage relocation specialists at 800-23-6683.

7 Moving Day Mistakes

7 Moving Day Mistakes

Moving day can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be! When you plan ahead and get the appropriate help, you’ll find that it goes more smoothly than you thought possible, allowing you to relax and enjoy your new home. If you want to start looking forward to the big day rather than dreading it, here are some common moving-day mistakes and how you can avoid them.

1. Sleeping In

Moving day is not the day to sleep late. Even if you’re not moving until the afternoon or evening, surely you can find something else that needs to be done. If you’re actually finished packing everything and have all your boxes ready to go, you can do a few laps around your house and you’ll likely find something you missed. It’s just best to go to bed early, get a good night’s sleep, and then wake up early so you feel ready for the big day. If you hired a moving company, you can likely expect a phone call at some point to give you an update on their estimated time of arrival, and you should be up and ready for that!

2. Waiting Until the Last Minute to Pack

Many people underestimate how much stuff they have, which means they also underestimate how much time it will take them to pack. You don’t want to still be packing after the movers arrive, so make sure you don’t save this task for the last minute. In fact, it’s usually best to start packing months before you move if possible, or at least weeks before. And you should be done a few days before moving day if you want to reduce your stress level. If you truly don’t have time to pack everything, or if you’re just now realizing how much work it’s going to take you, consider paying for packing services from movers in your area. The experts can often pack within hours, and you’re going to need this kind of hustle if you’ve waited until the last minute to pack.

3. Forgetting to Organize Your Boxes

Packing doesn’t mean just throwing your things into boxes willy-nilly. There’s a method to the madness, or at least there should be if you want to reduce your stress when you move out — and when you move in to your new home. The first step to keeping the boxes organized is to mark them with which room the items will go in. Then keep related boxes near each other. For example, all the boxes of kitchen items should be kept together during the move, so place them near each other to ensure anyone who moves them will keep them together. In addition, if the items inside are fragile and need to be handled with care, be sure to mark that on the box.

4. Deciding to Bring Everything You Own

If you pack your belongings yourself, you’ll probably be surprised by how many things you have that you never use or simply forgot about years ago. Ask yourself if you really need to be taking these belongings to your new home. Doing so could make your move take a little longer, so consider throwing them out or donating them to a charity before you move. At the very least, consider putting them in storage for now. This way, you avoid a common moving mistake and your move is easier, making it possible to get a fresh start at your new home.

5. Not Having the Moving Materials You Need

Don’t make the moving-day mistake of approaching moving day with only a few boxes and no markers or packing tape. Not having the moving-day essentials can make it harder than it has to be, or even delay your move entirely. If you have heavy furniture to move, make sure you have a dolly and the proper shoes to wear while moving it. If you hired movers, you won’t have to worry so much about these essentials, especially if they’re going to pack for you as well. In that case, you should still make sure you wear comfortable shoes to keep your feet safe and have some bottled water available to stay hydrated.

6. Packing Up Items You’ll Need on Moving Day

So, you’ve packed everything away and you feel very prepared to move. But what happens when you arrive at your new house and you need to brush your teeth or change your clothes? Digging through your boxes on moving day is probably the last thing you want to do. This is why you should pack a bag with the essentials you’ll need the first few days in your new home. These include toiletries, soap, medicine, a few changes of clothes, some snacks, toilet paper, phone charger and a flashlight.

7. Not Getting the Right Help on Moving Day

Not hiring movers means all the duties that come with moving day are on you, or maybe you and a few friends. If that doesn’t sound appealing, hire movers. But don’t choose just any movers. Look at reviews and ask your friends and family who they recommend. Keep in mind you deserve to get help from a company that will arrive on time on moving day, be careful with your belongings and have a respectful attitude from start to finish.

If you’re interested in getting help on moving day, contact Ayer Moving & Storage for a free estimate. We offer moving assistance with local, interstate and international moves. We also provide moving truck rentals, storage services, and packing help, so call today to let us know which services you need.

Essential Tips for Packing Fragile Items

Essential Tips for Packing Fragile Items

If you think that you don’t have a lot of fragile items to pack, go look in your kitchen cabinets. We all have them and assuming you’re already spending a lot of money your move, you don’t really want to spend more replacing the things that broke on the way. So take a look at some essential tips for packing fragile items.

Packing Fragile Items Tip #1

Prepare

Sounds simple, right? But with all the things that you have to do, it’s only natural that certain to-do items might get pushed off. This should not be one of them. You’ll want to take all of the time you can get packing up your breakable items to make sure that they receive the care and protection they’ll need for the journey.

Take whatever mental preparation you need and then set out for the right equipment. You’ll want to be well stocked on study boxes, cardboard, packing tape, bubble wrap, packing paper, and more bubble wrap. You’re going to want to lay out all of your supplies and have a large section of floor space or a big table for this project.

Packing Fragile Items Tip #2

Be Considerate

Your fragile items have needs too. Instead of trying to save time and space by filling up one big box with all of your breakable objects, you’re going to want to split them up. Make sure you have an ample supply of boxes in all shapes and sizes and be sparing with what you pack. If you have one ceramic bowl that is really important to you and was passed down through the family don’t hesitate to give it its own box.

Packing Fragile Items Tip #3

Know Your Packing Supplies

Regular newspaper can stain china dishes but will be fine for regular glassware. Too much bubble wrap can put too much pressure on your items if you pack the entire box with it. Be wary of what you’re using and how much you use of your packing supplies to have the most success with preserving your items.

Packing Fragile Items Tip #4

Educate Yourself

Not every fragile item you have can be packed the same way and whether there is a right way or wrong way to pack them, there is a better way.

Need More Help?

You can reach us at 1 (800) 233-6683 or visit your local Massachusetts moving company to learn more about what we can do to help you. Download the Ayer Moving Guide for a Stress-Free Move!

 

10 Helpful Moving Tips and Tricks Everyone Should Know

10 Helpful Moving Tips and Tricks Everyone Should Know

No matter how many glorified fantasies you have about that fresh start in a new house, it doesn’t change the fact that moving is a hassle. So, it’s important that you know all the moving tips and tricks out there to make your moving experience as quick and painless as possible. 

Pack an overnight bag

No matter what, there are going to be some things you need immediately after your move. Make sure you pack a bag of all of the essentials so you don’t find yourself missing something you need in the moment.

Use clothes as padding

Use socks for padding glass and small items and clothes for all of your packed dishes, you can not only save pack space but save money on bubble wrap.

Label your boxes

You might think you’ve got your boxing system down, but just in case, you should label your boxes not only with what’s in them but with what room they go in too. Even if you know in your head what goes where, with all those boxes being unpacked, anything that saves time is a good thing.

Use beer boxes for books

Sounds strange, doesn’t it? But books are heavy and somehow they have to travel. Beer boxes have those built in handles on the side that will make carrying your books in and out of the moving truck a little less ominous.

Use any storing items you have

Suitcases, laundry baskets, beach bags, use it all. It’ll save you trips to the car, space in the van, and money on boxes.

Movers over friends

This may not always be the case but if you have a lot of valuable and fragile items, the cost to hire the movers and prevent damage might be well worth it.

Change your address at least two weeks before the move

You’d be surprised by just how many things require your address, especially when you’re moving. Changing your address in advance will help you prevent any mix-ups in the future.

Give your friends first dibs

Anything you plan on selling or donating, you should give your friends first dibs on. Anything that’s left that you want to sell should be posted on the website whether it be craigslist or eBay at least six weeks in advance to make sure it’s gone before you move.

Defrost your refrigerator at least a day before

Wipe up any moisture that’s left and make sure it’s defrosted. Packing it up before it’s warmed up could be detrimental to the machine and cause other damage while it travels.

Put masking tape on your mirrors

Mirrors are delicate. Everyone knows that so make sure you don’t forget it when you move. Ut masking tape over the glass to prevent it from shattering during the journey.

Need More Help?

You can reach us at 1 (800) 233-6683 or visit your local Massachusetts moving company to learn more about what we can do to help you. Download the Ayer Moving Guide for a Stress-Free Move!