To guard your household goods against damage that could be caused by fire, explosion, or leakage in the van:
Defrost and thoroughly dry your refrigerator before moving. This is very important. The doors should be left open several hours to air after defrosting. All pans, trays, crispers, shelves, or removable parts should be removed and wrapped separately. Have your refrigerator serviced. Motor may have to be bolted down before moving. Do not plug it in at the new home until it has been unbolted. Talk to your mover to arrange this service.
Must be disconnected prior to pickup. Be sure gas lines are shut off tight and capped, if possible. For electric ranges, if the coils are loose, they must be removed with griddles, deep fryers and removable parts, then packed separately.
Consult your authorized dealer or service man on your particular model. Some sealed units should be bolted down.
Dryers, Electric or Gas
Check with your service man. Motors may need to be checked and secured. Your mover can arrange this service for you or recommend a reliable service company.
These appliances must be completely defrosted on or two days prior to moving. They should be dried and aired to avoid musty odor. Safety of contents cannot be guaranteed so it is best to empty your freezer and plan meals that will use up perishable contents. Check with your service man to be sure the motor is bolted, if necessary.
These do not need special servicing for local moving. For long distance, the driver will stuff paper in and around the machine and place paper between the lid and base to prevent rubbing.
Some sets require that they be checked before moving. Some color TV’s must be serviced both before and after moving. Television antennas should be removed from rooftops and disassembled.
Automatic washers must be serviced by an authorized service man. Motors should be checked and secured, tumbler action protected and fastened in place. Talk with your mover to arrange this service.
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