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Preparing Major Appliances for Shipping

When shipping large appliances such as a refrigerator, stove, or washer and dryer, it’s important to properly package your shipment to make sure it arrives in good condition. Be sure you have measured the dimensions to know that your appliances will fit through the doorways, hallways, and into their new places properly.  If you pay for packing services or white glove shipping, a professional will take care of the packing step. If not, you can ask your shipping company how they would like you to prepare appliances and follow their specifications. Keep reading to find out how to properly prepare your appliance.

How you need to package your appliance depends on whether you choose a moving company or a freight service. When working with a freight shipper on a large-appliance move, be sure you understand how far they will ship the appliance — will they leave it on the sidewalk for you to bring into the house by yourself, or will they bring it in and set it up? Do not expect delivery teams to unload and set up appliances without being there yourself. If the appliance appears damaged or ruined, talk to the seller to see if it left this way, and work with them to find a solution.

Shipping a Refrigerator

Make sure your fridge is completely empty and clean before shipping. Defrost your refrigerator by unplugging it at least 24 hours before you ship it. Ask your shipping company whether or not they prefer that you remove and pack shelving and drawers separately. If they suggest you pack shelving and drawers separately, make sure to carefully package these items and label the box with your name and destination. Tape the door of the refrigerator and freezer securely shut, if possible.

Shipping a stove

Be especially careful of glass cooktops and stove ranges – these are very fragile. Give your stove a thorough cleaning before you ship it. Again, ask your shipping company whether your should package racks, knobs, or other removable pieces separately. Remember to be very careful when disconnecting a gas stove. The gas should be completely turned off (you can ask your gas company for advice). Take extra care with gas connections, since these pieces are fragile. Again, tape the door securely shut before shipment.

Shipping a dishwasher

You can clean your dishwasher for shipping by running it on empty with hot water and some detergent. Your shipping company should let you know whether to package racks separately. Before you ship your dishwasher, tape the door shut to avoid an accident.

Shipping a washer and dryer

Consult your owner’s manual to disconnect your washer and dryer. Carefully package all hoses separately, and secure the drum of the washer. Be sure to tape all doors shut before shipping your washer and dryer.

Shipping Appliances with uShip

Whether new or used, uShip can help you get your appliances from A to B. Avoid calling around, pricing on your own, and a full inbox. When you use uShip, all of your options are in one place. All you have to do is create a shipment listing, detailing your needs for your appliance transportation. Once that’s up, you’ll start getting pricing from carriers as they compete for your business. Review the carrier’s uShip profile, review their pricing, and choose the company that works best for you. With uShip, you’re in control.

Content Updated: April 29, 2019 – Lisa Friedrich