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major appliances

Many appliances require servicing, disconnecting and preparation. You may be able to perform most of the requirements yourself.  Tape the electric cord to the back of appliancesSome goods can be stored inside large appliances. Boxes can be stacked on top of stoves, refrigerators, and freezers. Make sure that stoves and cooking equipment are cleaned before they are stored.

Propane tanks must be drained before storage. Consult your local gas distributor for the safest method. Use particular caution when disconnecting gas appliances as the flexible gas line connecting most gas appliances is fragile.


Refrigerators should be emptied of all food. Thoroughly clean and dry all interior surfaces to prevent mold and mildew. Shelves should be secured in place or detached and wrapped. An open box of baking soda can help avoid unpleasant odors. If there is an ice maker, it should be disconnected from the water line and drained in advance. Be sure to wedge refrigerator and freezer doors open when placing into storage.

washing machines

Should have all hoses disconnected and placed in a suitable container. If you elect to place hoses in the tub or drum, be sure to wrap the metal couplings with cloth or paper to avoid damage to the tub’s surface. Secure the washer drum according to the instruction manual.


Remove the vent hose and place in a suitable container. Clean the lint trap. Gas dryers need special care to avoid damaging the flexible gas line. Be sure to turn off the gas supply before disconnecting the flex line from the dryer.


small appliances

Small appliances should be individually wrapped and packed along with towels or surrounded with crushed paper for protection. Tangles in the electrical cords can be minimized by neatly looping the individual cords and tying them with twist ties or rubber bands.



Any power tools containing gasoline or oil should be drained before moving. Never pack or store flammable fluids. Long handled tools can be bundled and secured with tape or stretch wrap. Hand tools should be wrapped and packed according to general packing rules. Tools made of metal should have a few drops of oil put on them prior to packing to prevent rust. Pack these items separately to insure that they don’t come in contact with other items and soil them.

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