June 15, 2022

Special Service Appliances on Your Move


When moving appliances or special belongings, there are quite a few things to consider. Like Meatloaf respectfully sang “I would do anything for love, but I won’t do that”, there are services our movers cannot provide because of liability, regardless how much we’d prefer to help. In such cases, you have two options. Let us to coordinate a third-party company to service these items, or you can service them on your own. Below, you will find details on some common specialty items, making it easy for you to choose which process is best for you.

Moving Appliances

Moving your appliances is never a problem for us. However, the disconnection and reconnection process call for expertise aside from what moving companies can offer. Below are some guidelines to the most frequently moved appliances:

  • Refrigerators– Given it is connected to a water line, the line will need disconnected. When moving your refrigerator, don’t forget to disconnect it at least 48 hours in advance. You will want to prop the doors open, and put a towel on the floor. It’ll absorb the water as your appliance defrost. Keep an eye on the towel and change, as needed, depending on how much moisture it absorbs (to avoid any water damage to the floor!)
  • Top Load Washing Machines- As luck would have it, top load washers are straightforward. All that is required is to disconnect the water.
  • Front Load Washers– Front load washing machines need additional attention when being moved. Being the interior drum is suspended inside, a stabilizer kit is essential to anchor the drum in place. Moving a front load washer without installing a stabilizer kit is certain to ruin your appliance. Luckily, these kits are usually inexpensive, readily available and easily installed.
    • I already have a stabilizer kit– These are also called “shipping bolts”. It’s likely that when your washing machine was delivered, the company left these bolts behind. If this is the case, a quick internet search of your exact model washer will provide details on how to reinstall the kit.
    • I need a kit– An online store such as repairclinic.com will have most kits. Just type in the make and model of the washer, and order the kit needed for your exact model. Most kits are priced from $30-$60.
    • You might want to contact the company where you purchased your washing machine. It is not uncommon for the installers and delivery team to set up your washer, remove the stabilizer kit and take them with them. Many companies have the capability to advise how to obtain a new kit for your exact model.

Clothes Dryers- Given you have an electric dryer, all you need to do is unplug it! Gas dryers, however, require special attention. The gas line to the residence has to be disconnected and capped. If working with gas, it’s important to really recognize your personal skill level and whether this is a job you are confident you can complete on your own.

Specialty Beds

While disassembly and reassembly of standard beds is part of the service you can expect from Corrigan, specialty beds may be beyond the scope of what moving companies can provide. Barring moving appliances, specialty beds are the next most common items requiring special services. Below are some of the most common specialty beds and how to service them.

Cribs– Because of ever-changing liability with baby products, moving companies do not disassemble or reassemble cribs. If you plan to 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 that they already have the experience of putting it together, taking it apart should be much easier!
  • It does not need to be fully taken apart. Disassembling into pieces small enough to fit through the doorway is all that’s needed.
  • Photograph the crib before it’s disassembled, and close-ups of the crib throughout the process. That way, you will remember where everything belongs and the location of screws when reassembling it.
  • Remember to keep and label all screws and parts. Placing them in a zippered bag and packing them somewhere you’ll remember is crucial.

Bunk Beds– Also due to liability, Corrigan cannot disassemble bunk beds. Based on the level of difficulty of your bed, you may be inclined to take this on yourself. The initial step would be to do an internet search for the exact make/model of your bunk bed to see if there’s a video showing the disassembly steps.

Memory Foam Mattresses– Memory foam, and the ever popular “bed in a box”, are required to be boxed and transported laying down. Your move consultant is likely to ask you if your bed is a memory foam or spring mattress. Memory foam mattresses don’t 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 transportation process.

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 services. Sleep Number provides this resource to best guide you based on the model of your bed.

Home Gym Equipment

Treadmills– Given your treadmill will 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 the stairwell. If there’s a turn or bend in the stairs or it’s too narrow, your treadmill will be disassembled to be moved. Meanwhile, consider where the equipment is going in your new home. It may go up the stairs at your current home, but maybe not at your new home. Be certain to measure both sets of stairs before moving.

Ellipticals- Due to the large arms and unwieldy weight distribution, nearly all ellipticals have to be disassembled. Sometimes, removing the arms is all that is needed to make the unit moveable. A quick internet search of your product should provide instruction on how to remove the arms.

Pelotons- We have experienced a huge rise in Peloton and video screen stationary cycles over the past 2 years. The video screens and various components need to be removed and properly packed in order to safely move the bike. It is best to check with Peloton to ensure disassembling it does not affect the warranty. If that is the case, ask them for recommendations or if they provide this service.

Miscellaneous Items

Grandfather clocks– The pendulum and weights must be removed and carefully packed before moving the clock. Wearing gloves is a must when handling the weights; the most insignificant fingerprint can throw off the timing.

Wall Mounted Televisions– Movers don’t remove anything that is screwed to the walls. The most typical wall mounted item is a television. Once removed, Corrigan can pack the item or you can pack it back in the original box. Television boxes are also available for purchase to ensure proper protection when moving.

Corrigan will do anything for our customers, even that!

Don’t hesitate if you need to move appliances or specialty items as part of your upcoming move. Corrigan can customarily arrange any required third-party services for you; we work with local and nationwide associates who specialize in this type of service. We are able to include the cost of their services into your quote with Corrigan, eliminating the need to pay another company (though you are able to provide payment directly to the third-party company, if you prefer.) Corrigan invariably has your best interest in mind. 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 your product’s manufacture prior to tackling disassemble or reassemble any household goods or specialty items by yourself. Failure to prepare items accurately for transporting will result in damage and product failure.