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Packing appliances for relocation

Moving advice - July 11, 2019

Moving is, from the point of an individual, quite a massive operation. It takes logistics, special services provided by paid, experienced and trained professionals. It takes equipment, time and multiple people. Sometimes it also takes a significant amount of resources (concerning the budget, mainly). It takes a lot of time and an insane amount of planning, and therefore, presents heavy burden upon the shoulders of those who move. The move being this massive operation that it is, packing appliances is probably not high on the list of priorities, right?

But, as the move day looms closer and the need for packing actually presents itself, you should consider exactly this. After all, home appliances make our life a lot easier, and you definitely need them functional and ready to use when you arrive at your new home.

Packing appliances in original boxes

So, first things first. Where do you start when you aim to pack that toaster? Well, think about it from this angle. Even top-rate residential movers can make the road less bumpy. It is only natural that the truck will shake here and there. This is why your appliances should be in boxes of appropriate sizes. When packing appliances they should not be placed in a box that is too small, lest it offers little to no protection. However, the box your microwave finds itself in while you move Westborough should also not be too big either! If it is, it will leave too much space unoccupied, meaning it will have room to shake around the box.

Packing appliances in original boxes
Aim for the original boxes, if at all possible

With all that has been said, what is the most optimal solution? Well, if you read the heading, the answer is already spoiled for you and there is no much use in the further building of suspense… we are talking about the original packaging.

Cardboard boxes your tv, air conditioning, mixers, toasts, and fridges are most optimal for long transportation. After all, all the same hassles and challenges encountered in the wake of your move have already been experienced during the delivery phase. Therefore these boxes are purpose-built to provide adequate protection from the challenges of the move.

Clean and disassemble

When you want to pack your appliances, you have to disassemble them first. Be careful when you do that, as you will, obviously, eventually going to have to reassemble them after the moving day is over and you are in the comfort of your own home. After movers Westborough get you to your new home, you want to be able to use them…

Be sure to take out the cords (if possible) and tie them together. Also, take out any movable parts. Be sure that they are secured in separate wrappings, as they can damage the appliance. Think about what cord endings can do to a glass of microwave with enough force…

Be sure to thoroughly clean the appliances. This will do wonders for their functions, and you also guarantee that you will have spotless home appliances once you move. One can be amazed at just how little it takes for something to feel brand new.

Our advice is to take pictures of the whole process. Take photos of every step of the process. This will be of great value once the challenge of assembly presents itself.

And while on the topic of assembly.

Don’t be ashamed to read the manual

Seriously. While some things don’t really have manuals, for example, you would be hard-pressed to find a manual that would help at your junk piano removal, this is a fact that is best not celebrated. Manuals are pretty useful and you most certainly have them when the topic of this post, home appliances, are in question.

Packing appliances in original boxes
Manuals are rather useful in the reassembly phase

Reassembly is immeasurably easier, but so is disassembly. It will count the number of parts and portray their proper look and use. You will immediately know if something is off or missing.

While there is a certain unexplainable wish by many to not use manuals, as they are sometimes seen as “cheating” or “giving up”, remember that they are not some kind of unfair advantage and that, after all, packing appliances is not a game. There are no prizes. The only thing that can happen is that you damage your own stuff. So be careful and read the instructions!

Check for damage

While at it, be very thorough in the inspection of your devices. Are there any cracks, scratches or weird quirks while it was in use? Even if you think you would know any damages on things u use rather regularly, still do yourself a favor and check again, slowly and methodically. You need to do this in order to establish that the device is damaged/undamaged before the move. If during transport it takes damage, you can see it upon the second inspection, after receiving landing bill.

Second inspection, that one after the move, should be done as carefully as the first one. If there are any new damages be ready to report them immediately.

Generally speaking, major damages did occur. If they do, they are usually only smaller scratches. That is good news if you transported a toaster, bad news if you hired hot tub removal Massachusetts (with intent to sell)…


Even though we put this in the last place, this is certainly not the least. After disassembly and checking for damages, and before packing, organize all you know into a checklist.

Keep track of everything with a convenient checklist

Note the following things:

  • State of the appliances – damaged before packing appliances or not?
  • Rooms they originate from – dining room, kitchen, etc.
  • Their importance – how fast do you need them to be operational


Well… what are you waiting for? Get on with packing appliances. Organize your things, inspect, disassemble and pack! It is not rocket science. It just requires little dedication and organization. We are assured that everything will be just fine. Good luck!

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