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June 15, 2022

Special Service Appliances on Your Household Goods Move


If you’re moving appliances or special goods, there are quite a few things to consider. Just like Meatloaf famously sang “I would do anything for love, but I won’t do that”, there are endeavors our movers can’t provide because of liability, no matter how much we’d prefer to help. In such cases, you have two options. Permit us coordinate a third-party company to service your items, or you can prepare them yourself. Below, are details on the most typical specialty items, making it easy for you to decide which solution is right for you.

Moving Appliances

Moving your appliances is never a bother for us. At the same time, the disconnection and reconnection procedure require expertise aside from what moving companies offer. Below are some recommendations for the most frequently moved appliances:

  • Refrigerators– If it is connected to a water line, that line will need to be disconnected. When moving your refrigerator, don’t forget to disconnect it at least 48 hours prior to moving. You will need to anchor the doors open, and place a towel on the floor. This will absorb any water as your refrigerator and freezer defrost. Monitor it and exchange, as needed, depending on how much water it absorbs (to avoid any water damage to your floor!)
  • Top Load Washers- Fortunately, top load washers are crystal clear. All that’s necessary is to disconnect the water.
  • Front Load Washing Machines– Front load machines call for additional care when when moving. Since the interior drum is suspended inside, a stabilizer kit is essential to hold it in place. Moving a front load washer without installing a stabilizer kit can ruin your washer. As you can imagine, these kits are usually inexpensive, easy to order and easily installed.
    • I already have the stabilizer kit– These kits are also called “shipping bolts”. It’s likely that when your washing machine was delivered, the company left these bolts behind. If this is the case, a quick internet search of your exact model washer will provide details on how to install the bolts.
    • I need a kit– A website such as sells most kits. Just type in the make and model of the washing machine, and order the kit needed for your exact model. Generally kits are priced from $30-$60.
    • You should be able to contact the company where you purchased your washing machine. It is common for the installers and delivery crew to set up your washer, remove the stabilizer kit and take them with them. Many companies will advise how to get a new kit for your specific model.

Clothes Dryers- Given you have an electric dryer, all you need to do is unplug it! Gas dryers, by contrast, require special attention. The gas line to the home has to be disconnected and capped. If working with gas, it’s important to really take into consideration your personal skill level and whether this is something you’re confident you can handle on your own.

Specialty Beds

The disassembly and reassembly of standard beds is part of the services you can expect from Corrigan, specialty beds are often beyond the capabilities of what moving companies provide. Apart from moving appliances, specialty beds are the next most common items requiring special servicing. Here are some of the most common specialty beds and how to service them.

Cribs– Due to ever-changing liability with baby products, moving companies do not disassemble or reassemble cribs. If you plan to disassemble your crib on your own, below are a few tips:

  • Have the same person who assembled the crib disassemble it, that is ideal. Since they already have the knowledge of putting the crib together, taking it apart will be much easier!
  • It doesn’t need to be entirely taken apart. Disassembling into sections small enough to get through the doorway is all that’s necessary.
  • Take a picture of the crib before it’s disassembled, and close-ups of the crib through the job. That way, you’ll easily recall where everything goes and the location of screws when reassembling it.
  • Remember to keep and label all parts and screws. Placing hardware in a zippered bag and packing them where you will remember is crucial.

Bunk Beds– Also due to liability, Corrigan is unable to disassemble bunk beds. Depending on the difficulty level of your bed, you may be inclined to do this yourself. The initial step would be to do a website search for the exact make and model of the bunk bed to see if there’s a video showing the disassembly steps.

Memory Foam Mattresses– Memory foam, and the more popular “bed in a box”, are required to be boxed and transported laying flat. Your move consultant will most likely to ask you if your bed is a memory foam or spring mattress. Memory foam mattresses don’t require special service, at the same time we do place them in a box opposed to a mattress bag. This allows the mattress to keep its shape during the move.

Sleep Number Mattress– Sleep number beds require service prior to moving. While some beds simply require unplugging and letting the air chambers deflate, others call for more involved services. Sleep Number provides this resource to best guide you based on the exact model of your bed.

Exercise Equipment

Treadmills– Providing your treadmill can fold, then we should be able to move it while folded without additional disassembly. On the other hand, if your treadmill is downstairs, in the basement or needs moved up or down stairs, consider the width of your stairwell. If there’s a turn or bend in the stairs or it is too close, your treadmill will need disassembled to be moved. Meanwhile, think about where the treadmill will be placed in your new home. It may fit up the stairs at your current home, but maybe not at your new home. Be sure to measure both sets of stairs prior to moving.

Ellipticals- Due to the large arms and unbalanced weight distribution, almost all ellipticals must be disassembled. Often, removing the arms is acceptable to make the equipment moveable. Doing a quick internet search of your product should give insight on how to remove the arms.

Pelotons- We have seen a huge uptick in Peloton and video screen stationary cycles over the past 2 years. The video screens and various parts need to be removed and properly packed in order to safely move the bike. It is advised to check with Peloton to ensure disassembling it does not affect your warranty. If this is the case, request recommendations or if they provide this service.

Additional Items

Grandfather clocks– The pendulum and weights must be removed and attentively packed prior to moving the clock. Wearing gloves is imperative when handling the weights; the most insignificant fingerprint can throw off the timing.

Wall Mounted TVs– Movers cannot remove objects screwed to the walls. The most typical wall mounted item is a TV. When removed, Corrigan can pack the television or you can pack it back in the original box. Television boxes are also available for purchase to ensure proper protection when moving.

Corrigan will do anything for customers, even that!

Don’t be concerned if you have to move appliances or specialty items as part of your upcoming move. Corrigan can always arrange any needed third-party services for you; we partner with local and nationwide providers that specialize in this type of service. We are able to include the cost of those services into your quote with Corrigan, eliminating the need to pay another company (although you can provide payment directly to the third-party company, if you prefer.) Corrigan invariably has our customer’s best interest at heart. There may be services moving companies can’t provide, but when it comes to our customers – we’ll do anything for you!

*Corrigan recommends consulting with the product’s manufacture prior to trying to disassemble or reassemble any household goods or specialty items on your own. Failure to service items accurately for moving can result in damage and product failure.