Is your laundry room move-out ready? Before the movers arrive, take a look at what you need to know about preparation, the packing process, and everything else that goes into moving a laundry room.
Can the Movers Transport Everything in the Laundry Room?
While professional movers can transport anything from the largest appliances to the smallest pieces of clothing, some items may fall under a prohibited category. These typically include anything potentially hazardous or perishable. Some cleaning chemicals and other laundry products shouldn’t go into the moving truck.
If you’re not sure what the movers will transport and what you need to either get rid of, leave behind, or take in the car with you, talk to the contractors. The moving company should provide customers with a list of prohibited items. This can help you better prepare for you move and eliminate potential move-out day surprises.
How Should You Move a Washer and Dryer?
Your laundry room’s appliances are large, awkward, and heavy to move. The size, shape, and weight of a washer and dryer often make it necessary to hire extra help for your move-out/move-in day. While a do-it-yourself move may seem like a money-saving strategy, large appliances often require special equipment to lift and transport.
Find the appliance’s instruction manual before the movers arrive. Follow the manufacturer’s directions for turning off and disconnecting water and other supplies. If your dryer uses natural gas, you may need to contact a plumber or other qualified service professional to safely disconnect it from the supply line.
After you unplug and disconnect the appliances, clean the washer and dryer completely. Remove any debris, detergent, or lint. Dry the interior and exterior of each appliance. Cover the appliances in moving quilts or blankets to reduce the risk of mid-move damage. Place the instruction manuals and warranty information in a zipper baggy. Move these important documents with you.
Make sure the movers can safely and easily get the washer and dryer out of your laundry room. You may need to remove a door or choose a different route to fit these large appliances out of your house.
How Should You Prepare Other Laundry Room Items?
You’ve put laundry detergent and other cleaning supplies aside, disconnected the appliances, and covered the washer and dryer in quilts. What’s the next step to take? Take stock of what’s left in your laundry room. You may have movable shelving, an ironing board, laundry baskets, and other miscellaneous items.
Disassemble shelving units or other laundry room storage furniture when possible. This makes it easier to transport the items. If you can take apart these items, place the hardware for each shelf or storage unit into a sealable bag. Tape or tie the bag to the piece of furniture to keep it safe.
If you can’t disassemble furniture, cover these laundry room pieces in moving quilts or blankets. Like appliances, these items also require protective covers to reduce mid-moves scratches, dents, and damage.
You may also need to move smaller items, such as laundry baskets and bags, an iron, and an ironing board. Clean and dry these items thoroughly before you pack them. This can reduce the risk of bringing along debris to your new home and can stop the spread of mold from space to space.
After the items are clean and dry, place them into sealable plastic bins. If the bins have extra space around the interior sides, fill the gaps with rolled towels.
Is your laundry room packed and ready to go? Do you need extra help for your next move? Contact Island Movers for more information on services.