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June 15, 2022

Special Service Items for Your Move

 

If you are moving appliances or specialty items, there are many things to consider. Like Meatloaf understandingly sang “I would do anything for love, but I won’t do that”, there are undertakings our movers can’t provide because of liability, no matter how much we would prefer to help. In such cases, you have two options. Permit us coordinate a third-party provider to service your items, or you can service them on your own. Below, are details on some common specialty items, making it easier for you to decide which option is best for you.

Moving Appliances

Moving your appliances is not a bother for us. At the same time, the disconnection and reconnection process call for expertise aside from what moving companies offer. The following are some guidelines to the most commonly moved appliances:

  • Refrigerators– Providing it is connected to a water line, that line will need disconnected. When moving your refrigerator, remember to disconnect it at least 48 hours prior to moving. You will want to prop the doors open, placing a towel on the floor. It’ll absorb any water as your unit defrost. Keep an eye on it and exchange, as needed, depending on how much water it absorbs (and avoid possible water damage to the floor!)
  • Top Load Washing Machine- Fortunately, top load washers are crystal clear. All that’s required is to disconnect the water.
  • Front Load Washers– Front load machines require extra servicing when when moving. Since the drum is suspended inside, a stabilizer kit is required to secure it in place. Moving a front load washer without installing a stabilizer kit will ruin your washing machine. Fortunately, these kits are typically inexpensive, accessible and easy to install.
    • I already have the stabilizer kit– These are also called “shipping bolts”. It is possible that when your washer was delivered, the company left these bolts behind. If this is the case, a quick internet search of your exact model washer should provide details on how to install the kit.
    • I need a kit– A website such as repairclinic.com sells most kits. All you do is type in the make and model of the washing machine, and order the kit needed for your exact model. Generally speaking, most kits cost from $30-$60.
    • You can also contact the company where you bought your washing machine. It is common for the installers and delivery crew to set up a washer, remove the stabilizer and take them with them. Many companies can advise how to acquire a new kit for your exact model.

Clothes Dryers- Providing you have an electric dryer, all you have to do is unplug it! Gas dryers, on the other hand, require further attention. The gas line to the residence will need to be disconnected and capped. If working with gas, it’s important to really recognize your personal skills and whether this is a job you are confident you can handle on your own.

Beds

The disassembly and reassembly of standard beds is part of the services you can expect from Corrigan, specialty beds are most likely to be beyond the scope of what moving companies can offer. Excluding moving appliances, specialty beds are the next most common item needing special servicing. Below are some of the most common specialty beds and how to service them.

Cribs– Due to the ever-changing liability with baby products, moving companies can’t disassemble or reassemble cribs. If you would rather disassemble your crib on your own, below are a few tips:

  • Have the same person who assembled the crib disassemble it, this is ideal. Being that they already have the knowledge of putting the crib together, taking it apart can be much easier!
  • It doesn’t need to be completely taken apart. Disassembling into sections small enough to fit through a doorway is all that’s necessary.
  • Take a picture of the crib before it’s disassembled, and close-ups of the crib through the job. That way, you will easily recall where everything belongs and the location of screws when reassembling it.
  • Do not forget to keep and label all parts and screws. Placing items in a zippered bag and packing them somewhere you will remember is crucial.

Bunk Beds– Also due to liability, Corrigan cannot disassemble bunk beds. Depending on the complexity of your bed, you may be inclined to take this on yourself. The initial step would be to do a website search for the exact make and model of your 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”, need to be boxed and transported laying flat. Your move consultant will most likely to ask you if your bed is a memory foam or spring mattress. Memory foam mattresses don’t require special service, but we do place them in a box opposed to 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 models simply require unplugging and letting the air chambers deflate, others demand more involved services. Sleep Number has this resource to best guide you based on the model of your bed.

Exercise Equipment

Treadmills– If your treadmill will fold, then we will likely be able to move it while folded without additional disassembly. On the other hand, if your treadmill is downstairs, in the basement or needs moved up or down stairs, consider the width of your stairwell. If there is a bend in the stairs or it’s too tight, your treadmill will need disassembled to move. You should also, think about where the equipment will be placed in your new home. It might go up the stairs at your current home, and not at the 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. Often, removing the arms is enough to make the equipment moveable. A quick internet search of your model should give insight on how to remove the arms.

Pelotons- We’ve experienced a huge uptick in Peloton and video screen stationary cycles over the past two years. The video screens and various components have to be removed and correctly packed in order to securely move the bike. It’s advised to check with Peloton to ensure disassembling it does not impact your warranty. If so, request recommendations or if they provide this service.

Miscellaneous Items

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

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

Corrigan will do anything for customers, even that!

Don’t worry if you have to move appliances or specialty items as part of your upcoming move. Corrigan can customarily arrange any necessary third-party services for you; we partner with local and nationwide associates that specialize in this type of service. We are able to include the cost of these 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 preferred.) 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 the product’s manufacture in advance of attempting to disassemble or reassemble any household goods or specialty items by yourself. Failure to service items accurately for transporting may result in damage and product failure.