June 15, 2022

Special Service Appliances on Your Move


If you’re moving appliances or special belongings, there are quite a few things to take into consideration. Just like Meatloaf respectfully sang “I would do anything for love, but I won’t do that”, there are endeavors our movers can’t provide due to liability, regardless how much we’d prefer to help. In these cases, you have two options. Permit us to contact a third-party provider to handle your items, or you can prepare them on your own. Below, are details on some common specialty items, making it easier for you to determine which solution is best for you.

Moving Appliances

Moving your appliances is never a issue for us. But, the disconnection and reconnection process require expertise aside from what moving companies provide. Below are some recommendations for the most commonly moved appliances:

  • Refrigerators– If it’s attached to a water line, the line will need disconnected. When moving your refrigerator, be sure to disconnect it at least 48 hours prior to moving. You will want to prop the doors open, and put a towel on the floor. This will absorb the water as your refrigerator and freezer defrost. Monitor it and replace, as needed, depending on how much moisture it absorbs (to avoid possible water damage to the floor!)
  • Top Load Washing Machines- Luckily, top loading washers are clear-cut. All that’s necessary is to disconnect the water.
  • Front Load Washers– Front load washing machines require additional attention when being moved. Since the drum is suspended inside, a stabilizer kit is required to hold the drum in place. Moving a front load washer without securing the drum with a stabilizer kit can ruin your washing machine. As you can imagine, these kits are typically inexpensive, easy to order and easy to install.
    • I already have the stabilizer kit– Kits are also called “shipping bolts”. It’s possible that when your washing machine was delivered, the company left these bolts behind. If this is the case, a quick online search of your exact model washer ought to provide details on how to install them.
    • I need a kit– An online store such as repairclinic.com sells the kits. All you do is type in the make and model of the washer, and order the kit needed for your exact model. Most kits range from $30-$60.
    • You should be able to contact the company where you bought your washing machine. It is not uncommon for the installers and delivery crew to set up a washer, remove the stabilizer and take them with them. Many companies will advise how to acquire a new kit for your exact model.

Dryers- If you have an electric dryer, all you need to do is unplug it! Gas dryers, by contrast, require further attention. The gas line to the residence will need to be disconnected and capped. If working with gas, it’s important to really recognize your personal skills and whether this is something you are confident you can proceed with on your own.

Specialty Beds

The disassembly and reassembly of standard beds is part of the service you can expect from Corrigan, specialty beds are often beyond the scope of what moving companies can offer. Apart from moving appliances, specialty beds are the next most common items that need special servicing. Below are some of the common specialty beds and how to service them.

Cribs– Due to the ever-changing liability and baby products, moving companies don’t disassemble or reassemble cribs. If you would rather disassemble your crib on your own, here are a few tips:

  • When possible, have the same person who assembled the crib disassemble it, that is ideal. Being they already have the experience of putting the crib together, taking it apart should be much easier!
  • The crib doesn’t need to be fully taken apart. Disassembling into pieces small enough to get through the doorway is all that’s necessary.
  • Take a picture of the crib before it is disassembled, and close-ups of the crib throughout the job. That way, you’ll easily recall where everything belongs and the location of screws when reassembling it.
  • Don’t forget to keep and label all parts and screws. Placing hardware in a zippered bag and packing them somewhere you’ll remember is crucial.

Bunk Beds– Also due to liability, Corrigan is unable to disassemble bunk beds. Based on the complexity of your bed, you may be inclined to take this on yourself. The initial step would be to do a website search for the exact make and model of your bunk bed to see if there’s a video showing the disassembly steps.

Memory Foam Mattresses– Memory foam, and the more popular “bed in a box”, must be boxed and transported laying flat. Your move consultant is likely to ask you if your bed is a memory foam or spring mattress. Memory foam mattresses do not require special service, at the same time we do place them in a box verses a mattress bag. This enables the mattress to keep its shape during the move.

Sleep Number Mattress– Sleep number beds require service prior to moving. While some beds simply require unplugging and letting the air chambers deflate, others call for more involved servicing. Sleep Number provides this resource to best guide you based on the model of your bed.

Exercise Equipment

Treadmills– Providing your treadmill can fold, then we will likely be able to move it while folded without additional disassembly. At the same time, if your treadmill is located in the basement or needs moved up or down stairs, consider the width of your stairwell. If there is a bend in the stairs or it is too tight, your treadmill will need to be disassembled to move. Meanwhile, think about where the equipment is going in the new home. It may go up the stairs at your current home, but maybe not at your new home. Make sure to measure both sets of stairs before moving.

Ellipticals- Due to the bulkiness and unbalanced weight distribution, nearly all ellipticals have to be disassembled. Typically, removing the arms is acceptable to make the equipment moveable. Doing a quick internet search of your model should offer instruction on how to remove the arms.

Pelotons- We have seen a large rise in Peloton and video screen stationary cycles over the last two years. The display screens and various components need to be removed and properly packed in order to securely move the bike. It’s advised to check with Peloton to ensure disassembling it does not affect your warranty. If it does, request recommendations or if they provide this service.

Miscellaneous Items

Grandfather clocks– The weights and pendulum must be removed and attentively packed before moving the clock. Wearing gloves is imperative when working with the weights; the most insignificant fingerprint may throw off the timing.

Wall Mounted TVs– Movers don’t remove objects screwed into the walls. The most common wall mounted item is the television. When removed, Corrigan can pack the TV or you can pack it back in the original box. Television boxes are also available for purchase to ensure appropriate protection while moving.

Corrigan will do anything for our customers, even that!

Do not hesitate if you want to move appliances or specialty items as part of your upcoming move. Corrigan will customarily arrange any necessary third-party services for you; we work with local and nationwide associates that specialize in this type of service. We are able to include the cost of these services into your quote with Corrigan, eliminating the need to pay another company (though you can provide payment directly to the third-party company, if preferred.) Corrigan consistently has our customer’s best interest at heart. There may be services moving companies can’t provide, but when it comes to our customers – we’ll do anything for you!

*Corrigan recommends consulting with the product’s manufacture in advance of trying to disassemble or reassemble any household goods or specialty items yourself. Failure to prepare items accurately for moving may result in damage and product failure.

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