The Safest Way to Transport Your Appliances

The safest way to transport your appliances

Indeed, accidents happen as they’re an inevitable part of life. But does that mean that there isn’t any way to somehow minimize the risk of them taking place? Whether it’s something as small as a miniature figurine or something as big as a TV, if you’re taking it with you to your new home, then it’s certainly something that matters to you.

We hear your sentiments, so for this month’s blog post, let’s talk about the safest way to transport your appliances.

1. Refrigerator

A dilemma that people have when moving is whether to position their fridge upright or have it on its side. To address the confusion once and for all, here’s our answer: it’s not a myth. It’s ideal to keep it upright to avoid potential damages caused by vibrations during transportation.

However, if you’re left with no choice but to keep it on its side, just make sure that you have it sit upright for a few hours first before usage. This is because the liquid freon can move to the compressor’s gas side when the fridge is in a horizontal position. Thus, impairing the compressor when immediately plugged in.

2. Television

When buying a TV, it’s essential to keep its box and every packaging component that comes with it. Keeping this in mind can spare any homeowner from the trouble of packing their TVs should they be moving. If you read this too late, though, it’s not the end of the world! You can always improvise by wrapping it in soft materials, like blankets and cushions, then layering it with more durable ones, such as a thin piece of plywood that’s the same size as the TV.

Before packing, clean the screen to prevent scratching, and make sure to remove every connected cable, preferably storing and labelling them separately.

3. Stove

This is probably one of the most troublesome appliances that non-professional movers will ever encounter. Due to its nature, it poses a high risk, and one will need to observe all safety precautions when trying to move it. For that reason, it’d be best to call in the moving experts to avoid injuries and accidents of any sort.

Though, in situations where there are no available movers, or you’re dead set on doing it on your own, always make sure to disconnect the stove properly, wipe the whole thing clean, and remove and store detachable parts (such as knobs). Furthermore, instead of pulling it from its position in one swift motion, simply rock it back and forth while slowly pulling it towards you. From there, use a dolly for safety and convenience.

4. Computer

It’s safe to say that we can all agree that it’s easier to transport a laptop than a desktop—just put it in the designated laptop bag and make sure that it’s placed somewhere safe, perhaps take it with you instead of leaving it to the movers.

As for desktop computers and their many components, it can be a bit of a hassle. Before packing, make sure to do the following: back up all data into a hard drive, turn it off, and disconnect every cable. After completing the steps, pack everything in their original boxes or any sturdy cardboard. These don’t offer enough protection, though, so try to make use of foams and other protective covering. Lastly, label the boxes with a “this side up” sticker to further avoid any damage.

It sure is tricky packing different valuables because they have their own specific individual requirements, so we totally understand if you feel pressured to do it alone. Contact us at 1300 903 922 should you need help, and we’d gladly do the packing and transporting for you—all at a cost that won’t break the bank!