Moving to the Big Apple? Appliances are undoubtedly one of the hardest items to pack for a move. But with these easy packing tricks, all your appliances will reach your new home unscratched and in perfect working condition.
Unless you hire professional movers to pack and deliver your appliances to your new home, you will have to prepare the items on your own for their rough journey. With all the things you have to pack, moving to a new home is one of the most stressful situations one has to endure in life. However, the burden can be lessened just by following a few simple packing tricks. These tricks are designed to improve the odds that your appliances will reach your new home in one piece and in good working condition. How to Pack Small Appliances in Moving Boxes: NYC:
Ask help from a professional if necessary. If you’re not good at unplugging and uninstalling ovens, dishwashers, washer-dryers, home theatres, entertainment systems and other small appliances, bring in a professional for help.
Unplug the refrigerator last, at least 48 hours before moving day. This will give you ample time to defrost and dry the freezer, remove the contents, and clean and dry the interior if needed. Don’t over-pack food in moving boxes. New York has all kinds of food. You don’t necessarily have to bring what’s stored in your refrigerator.
The electrical cord of each appliance should be well secured. Roll or twist the cord into a small bundle and secure with a twist tie or sticky tape, then tape the bundle onto the back of the appliance to prevent it from entangling with other cords. Blue painter’s tape is more advisable to use since it’s easier to remove when you unpack. Note that heavy-duty packing tape may provide a stronger hold, but may be harder to take off.
Tape or tie down movable parts of appliances before packing them in moving boxes. Don’t forget to tape down all appliance doors. Most microwave ovens come with a carousel, so tape it down or wrap it in bubble wrap, then secure it inside the microwave with your tablecloths, bath towels, or dish towels. The loose items of your rotisserie and grill should also be secured. You may pack them separately in smaller moving boxes. New York is a very big city, so be sure to label them clearly to avoid them from getting misplaced.
Be sure to pack electronics securely, much preferably in their original packaging. Don’t forget to remove DVD’s, CD’s and flash drives from your computer and shut them down properly.
Larger appliances, like TVs and washer-dryers, should be wrapped in moving pads or blankets and secured with cord, rope or heavy-duty packing tape.
Small appliances and electronics may be wrapped individually with bubble wrap and packed together in large moving boxes. Fill the box with crumpled newspaper or foam peanuts to act as a cushion.
Label each side of the box with ‘FRAGILE’.
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