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When moving to a new place that does not include appliances, you will either have to bring your refrigerator or purchase a new one to be delivered and installed. If you choose to bring the fridge you already own, you will want to make sure you follow the appropriate steps to safely and correctly move the appliance.
First and foremost, you will need a large dolly and straps. All refrigerators are bulky and cannot be carried by a single human. You will need a dolly to transport the fridge from the kitchen and onto a moving truck. The straps will keep the fridge from falling off the dolly. You will keep the fridge strapped onto the dolly inside of the moving truck during transport.
Before transferring the fridge onto the dolly, you will need to clean the appliance and defrost the freezer. Prepping for a deep clean of your fridge will require you to consume or discard the remaining food. If you are moving everything in one day and have a lot of food in storage, you can transport your perishables in a cooler. To properly clean the fridge, you need to defrost any ice with a blow dryer. Then, clean all surfaces with a mixture of water and baking soda. By removing all of the ice before moving, you will avoid any major leaks.
Once cleaned, you can begin moving the fridge, but first you will need to disconnect the appliance. However, it is not as simple as unplugging it from the wall. Refer to your user’s manual to learn how to properly disconnect the refrigerator without causing any damage.
The manufactures user guide will also advise on how long you should wait to reconnect your fridge once you have placed the fridge in its new home. This could range anywhere from 24-72 hours. Once reconnected, refill your fridge with your favorite snacks and drinks – cheers!