Moving the Kitchen

The kitchen is the center of a home. And your new abode won't feel quite like home until you get all the appliances in place and working.

Moving Tips

Before you move, make sure you know what power sources are available in your new home. You might as well sell your gas clothes dryer if your new home has electricity only.

What did we ever do before the microwave was invented? Today, it is a vital part of many kitchens, so you want to pack it up last and set it up at your new home first.

To move a microwave oven, remove all loose items from inside the oven. Wrap them and pack in a separate carton. Next, tape the door shut, using an X pattern to keep the door closed. Use any type of sturdy tape that will come off later without removing finish.

If possible, place the microwave in the original box with original packing material. Otherwise, choose a sturdy packing carton slightly larger than the oven and pack tightly with packing material. Make sure you mark the box "Kitchen: Microwave" and "Fragile."

Wouldn't it be nice if you could simply put the refrigerator in the moving truck or trailer, plug it in and not worry about all the leftovers inside? Won't happen! So you'd better learn how to prep it for the move.

First, follow the manufacturer's directions for defrosting your refrigerator or freezer. Dry the interior of the cabinet thoroughly with towels. Leaving the doors open for several hours will help air it out.

Next, remove drawers, shelving, ice trays, and that old bottle of ketchup. Pack them as you would other kitchen items.

To keep the interior smelling fresh, pour a cup of fresh coffee grounds, baking soda or charcoal in a clean sock and place it in the cabinet. The cabinet can be packed with large, lightweight items such as wardrobe or lighter boxes.

When you move the unit, use an appliance dolly or some professional wrestlers. Place the unit upright in the truck or trailer—laying it on its side or back can damage the unit.

Stoves are for cooking—when the microwave's broken. But, in case you need it some day, here's how to move your stove and/or oven.

If gas, shut off the gas line. Disconnect the unit from the gas line or unplug it from the electrical outlet. Remove any burners, coils, oven racks, or other loose components and pack separately. Tape the electrical cord to the back of the stove. Finally, wrap and move the range as you would the refrigerator.

 
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