If you have to move a refrigerator, you’re going to want to make sure you do it the proper way. We’ve seen fridges get destroyed from being moved the wrong way. If you’re taking the effort to move it, you’re doing to want it to survive the move. Today’s blog will help to ensure that it does!
1. Measure all doorways the fridge must pass through
If you have a couple possible routes for carrying the refrigerator, make sure you measure any doorway that the fridge would need to go through. Using the widest possible doorways usually takes precedence over finding the shortest possible route.
2. Measure the refrigerator itself
Once you know what your clearance is on the doorways, you should measure the fridge. You may need to remove the doors in order to get it down to the right size. Make sure you factor in door handles or hinges that protrude from the body of the refrigerator.
3. Pack the refrigerator’s contents
We recommend using a cooler to pack up your refrigerator’s contents. If a cooler is not available, you can avoid spoilage by waiting until everything is ready to be moved. Another tip for making this easier–don’t fully stock the fridge prior to the move. Try to consume as much as you can before you move so that you have less to move.
4. Secure or remove shelves and drawers
You will need to tilt your fridge in order to move it up or down any stairs. Any shelves or drawers that are in it could come loose and get broken. It is best to completely remove the shelves (especially glass ones) and move those on their own. It also makes it easier to clean them up, so your fridge will feel brand new in its new location. If there are non-removable drawers or shelves, make sure you secure them in place with tape or hardware so that they do not become loose.
5. Wrap the refrigerator
If you are concerned with the fridge being exposed to scratching or denting, you can wrap it with furniture pads. Drape a couple pads so that they cover as much of the fridge as possible. You can secure them with packing tape or use stretch wrap for additional coverage.
6. Use lifting straps
If you’ve never stuck your hand on the bottom of a refrigerator, you probably don’t want to start now. The bottom has jagged metal and can be very difficult to get a grip with. We recommend using lifting straps (see the photo above), which will keep your hands protected and also help to only lift the fridge a couple inches. (You can’t lift a fridge too high because it will hit the ceiling or door frames.)