Moving sucks. But it's got to be done, and if you are a hard-headed tight wad then you probably won’t even consider hiring a moving company. In that case, you better start preparing.
Sure you’ve figured out how much beer you need to bribe your friends into helping but if you're moving appliances you’ll need to get a few other items.
You’re gonna want a dolly, not just a run of the mill dolly but an appliance dolly. These heavy-duty wheeled beasts are going to be your new best friend. You also need to get your hands on a few moving blankets. You can get some at any hardware store or if you’ve got a few laying around that your wife doesn’t care about just use those instead of purchasing new moving blankets.
You also need furniture straps, you can buy the real thing or you can use tie downs, rope, even stretch tape.
Finally, get a slider, these are soft pads that you can place on the floor underneath an appliance and then slide the appliance around the house. An upside down floor mat works perfectly.
Time to get those appliances ready to move.
First, turn off the water, gas, electricity etc. to any appliance you are moving and then take the time to clean it. You might want to skip this part, but future you will thank you for taking care of it now. Tape the cord to the appliance so you don’t trip on it later.
If you're moving a refrigerator then you should unplug it at least 24 hours before you move. That means you need to eat as much as you can, then pack the rest and also plan on ordering takeout for dinner. Remove the shelves and anything else that you can and pack them separately. Cover the refrigerator with those old blankets and tie the door closed. When you move it make sure it stays upright, tipping it causes the compressor oil to leak into the cooling mechanism and all kinds of other crap that will ruin your fridge.
Take the same steps for your washing machine, dryer and dishwasher. If they have specialized moving rods to secure the drum then make sure to use them.
If you're hauling off a gas stove or other gas appliance don’t be cocky. Unless you really know what you're doing, hire an electrician to come disconnect the gas line. And again to reconnect it when you get to your new place.
Of course, the easiest way to move appliances is to hire the professionals, just make sure they have experience with appliances.
So you've finally done it, everything is out of the old place and into the new one; well almost everything...
This is the part that never seems to be calculated into the workload of a move. By this time you're exhausted and just want to get your new place organized. But you realize all those "little things" that you didn't plan on taking with you to your new place remain at the old place. All those little things add up and now you have to prepare the old place to turn over.
This is where we can help. We will haul away all those unwanted items so you need not worry about them. We also donate and recycle so you can rest assured we are the best possible solution to dispose of unwanted furniture, appliances and other odds and ends. Done and done.
If you don't live in Phoenix, you can perform a Google search for "junk hauler near me" and you will likely find some reputable hauling companies just like us, but near you.