Moving Guide

If you have bought a major appliance such as a washer, dryer or refrigerator on Craigslist, chances are you won’t be able to transport it yourself. Thankfully, there are many local movers that should be able to offer you same-day or next-day moving services for a less-than-household move. Inform the Craigslist seller that you will need to get a moving company to help you transport the appliances and ask what day and time works best for them so that you can plan around it.

Preparing your Appliances for transport

While most Craigslist sellers will have cleaned the appliances for sale (and defrosted them when necessary), you will want to do a quick check of the appliance to make sure it is clean before you transport it. Ask your movers if they have any special instructions they may need you to follow, such as taking out any racks or drawers and packaging them separately. Make sure that any connections and hoses are protected for the move. Finally, confirm with your Craigslist seller that you have received all of the pieces that came with the device, and any accessories they might have.

For preparing electronics such as televisions, your best choice will be to place them in the original packaging. Just make sure that the glass portion of the screen is adequately protected and padded to avoid any damage during transport.

Preparing Furniture

Although there is a chance that your Craigslist seller has already prepared the item for shipping, you will likely need to prepare it yourself. Start by disassembling any pieces that you can easily put back together and wrap them individually in bubble wrap or plain newsprint. All hardware and screws should be kept in a small plastic bag that you can attach to the larger pieces to prevent losing them. You can protect furniture corners with bubble wrap or cardboard cut from an extra box to prevent them from being damaged by the truck’s movements.

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