How to move large appliance

One of the biggest jobs when moving home is the disconnecting of all of your white goods and other major appliances prior to moving them into your new premises.

Cambridge Removals and Storage have years of experience transporting bulky goods like these for our clients and, as the premier provider of residential removals in Cambridge, we’d like to share a few useful tips with you to make your moving day a little less stressful.

General tips

All appliances need to be emptied, cleaned and dried thoroughly in the case of washing machines, dishwashers, and the like. Allow plenty of time for disconnection, and don’t just leave it until the morning of your move. As you will see below, this is particularly true of fridges and freezers.

Washing machines

Your washing machine should have instructions with it for settling the drum prior to transit. Be sure to follow these, as a loose drum can cause damage to the machine during the move. All hoses should be disconnected and allowed to drain before being wrapped in paper or an old towel. These may then be stored inside the washer for safety.

Tumble dryers

An easy appliance to disconnect but be sure that the lint tray has been emptied before loading it on the van.


It’s a good idea to leave the door open for a couple of days prior to your move, to avoid condensation trapping moisture in the machine. Disconnect, drain, and store the hoses, as per our advice on washing machines.


Any detachable parts should be removed, labelled and packed in a separate box from everything else. Gas cookers must be disconnected (and installed at the other end, of course) by a registered gas technician.

Refrigerators and freezers

Before cleaning and drying these appliances, allow them to defrost overnight. Remove any detachable parts and wrap them together in protective material, such as bubble wrap or paper.

Cambridge Removals and Storage will do all the heavy lifting for you when it comes to your appliances. Get in touch with us today for a no-obligation quote.