How to Pack Large Appliances for Moving

When moving, one of the best pieces of advice you will get from experts is to leave your bulky appliances behind.

This is because:

  • They are often too time-consuming to prepare and pack properly.
  • They will take up space in the moving truck as well.
  • Relocating usually means getting new or upgraded appliances (which may or may not come with your new home) so bringing your current appliances with you makes no sense at all.

However, if your new home does not come with any appliances or you are reluctant to leave some behind because they are new or you really need them, you can always take them with you when you move. But you have to make sure that you prep and pack them properly so that they won’t be damaged at any point during the whole relocation process.

Here are some helpful tips from leading interstate removalists from Sydney on how to prep and pack your large appliances for your big move:

1.Clean your appliances

The first step in preparing your appliances for moving is to clean them. Give them a good scrub down. If they are wet from cleaning, make sure they are completely dry before you start packing them.

If you are prepping your refrigerator or freezer, remove all the contents first before you start cleaning them. Make sure they are defrosted at least 24 hours before the moving day.


By cleaning your appliances, you prevent any food or particles inside from turning into mold. You will also have fewer issues to deal with once you set them up in your new home.

2.Remove and store loose or detachable parts

Refrigerators and stoves have removable shelves or racks. During transport or even when the removalists are moving these appliances, these parts can become loose or fall out and break apart. They can even cause damage to the appliance itself.

To avoid this problem, remove these detachable and loose parts from the appliances. Next, wrap them properly and place them in a box or transport them separately.

Don’t forget to remove detachable cords, hoses, and bolts as well. Wrap and store the parts inside of the appliance or tape them to the back of the machine. Another option would be to label each part with which appliance it goes to and pack it in a box reserved only for appliance parts.

3.Pack and secure the appliances

To prevent your refrigerator, freezer, or stove door from flying open when the moving truck travels to your destination, secure these appliances properly. Use packing tape to secure the doors.

Large appliances are also susceptible to damage. As such, cover them with furniture blankets or bed sheets. Use layers of bubble wrap or polyethylene foam to cover the sides, corners, and edges of the appliances as well so that they won’t get dents or scratches.

4.Use the original boxes of the appliances if possible

If you want to pack an appliance in a box, it is best to use the original box in which it came at the time of purchase. But if you don’t have the original box, pick a sturdy, properly padded box that is slightly bigger than the appliance you will pack.

When packing the appliance, place it inside the box in a way that some space remains between it and the sides of the box. Next, put pieces of cardboard, foam sheets, packing peanuts, or bubble wrap to fill the empty space in the box to completely immobilize the appliance inside it.

Don’t forget to fill any extra space at the top of the box with more cushioning materials to ensure the appliance is secure and well-protected.

Finally, always prioritize your health and safety when preparing and moving any heavy appliance. Avoid lifting and moving any hefty items on your own; you might end up hurting your back or getting some other type of injury. Make sure you have one or two other persons helping you with moving, carrying, and packing these items. Always practice proper lifting techniques too.

Be careful when disconnecting the gas stove as well. If you don’t know how to go through the process correctly, you would do well to get help from a professional gas stove plumber.

Don’t forget that you can also ask your removalist to pack all your heavy appliances for you. They have the experience and necessary supplies to do this correctly. They also have the equipment and hydraulic machines to lift up and move your appliances. With their assistance, you won’t run the risk of hurting yourself and packing your expensive appliances haphazardly.


Robert Wise, Sales Administration Manager at Nuss Removals, has been a respected figure in the removals industry for over 20 years. His attention to detail and the ability to truly understand the needs of the customer have ensured the successful relocation of thousands of satisfied individuals and families. For moving and storage across Australia and around the world, Robert’s wealth of experience ensures his customers are in safe hands.

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