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HOW TO - Prepare your refrigerator for the move

Empty the refrigerator of all its contents.

Make sure that both your refrigerator and freezer are free of food, condiments, ice cube trays, and anything else that might rattle around and shift weight. Remove items placed outside of your refrigerator as well, such as magnets.

If there are perishable items in the refrigerator, finish them or give them away. If you're in the middle of a big move, it's probably easier to just to toss the things you can't finish now.

Remove the shelves. Remove all removable components from the inside of the fridge, including shelves, trays, and other loose or movable items, organisers, and dividers. Wrap the shelves in towels for protection, then label and stack them carefully.

You may also opt to secure shelving in place with tape instead of removing, but it is recommended to remove them altogether and pack them separately. Depending on your fridge, though, this might be a fine option. If they're secure, consider taping them into place and creating less mess with the move.

Unplug the refrigerator. Coil the power cord securely and tape it in a tight bundle to make sure that it stays in place while moving. If your refrigerator has an ice maker, disconnect this from the water source as well.

Defrost the freezer if necessary. If a considerable amount of frost has built up in the freezer, you'll need to defrost it before going forward with the move. This would normally take 6 to 8 hours to complete, so make sure you have ample time before the move.

Give it a clean while it is empty, this means that once you set up in your new home all you need to do is fill it!

Your removalists will use a specialist trolley to move your fridge to the truck, if required they may use an elastic strap to keep the doors secure.


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