Curb Appeal Basics

When I decided that I was going to put my house on the market, I knew that I would have to do some renovating first. The house was a good, solid structure, but I hadn’t kept up the outside of it as well as my husband did before he passed away. I knew that I would need curb appeal if I wanted the place to sell quickly. I had my yard landscaped, my home exterior repainted, and my driveway replaced before putting the home on the market. It cost me a bit of money, but it was worth it – the house sold quickly and I was able to move into my brand new condo – much less maintenance work for me. I started this blog about curb appeal, to help others learn how to move their homes quickly too.

Moving 101: Preparing Your Refrigerator For The Move

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When it is time to move, you want to make sure that you bring anything of value with you, including your kitchen appliances. One of the most potentially stressful items to prepare for the move is the refrigerator. Not only are refrigerators cumbersome, but they have a tendency to leak. Thankfully, moving your refrigerator doesn't have to be stressful; just remember F-R-I-D-G-E.

Furniture Dolly

The first thing that you'll want to do is prepare the supplies for the move. Renting a furniture dolly will make moving your refrigerator much easier, particularly if your model does not have wheels.  You will also want to get boxes, for the contents of the refrigerator such as the shelves and the drawers. You will also need tape and rope to secure the refrigerator.

Remove

The next step is to remove all of the items from the refrigerator and prepare the refrigerator for the move. After taking all of the items out, you'll unplug it from the wall, disconnect the water, and allow it to defrost.

Insulate

While you are waiting for the refrigerator to defrost, wrap the food items that were inside in plastic and put them in the boxes. This will keep the food items cool during the move.

You will also want to wrap the removable portions of the refrigerator, such as shelves or racks, in plastic and put them in boxes to protect them during the move. Label the boxes with the words "kitchen" and "refrigerator." This will make things less stressful when you get around to unpacking.

Doors and Direction

Once the refrigerator has finished defrosting, clean it out to ensure that no mildew grows during the move. Then, secure the doors with rope and tape to prevent any damage. You also want to ensure that the refrigerator remains upright for the entire move, as otherwise you risk leaking coolant.

Get Help

Refrigerators are heavy. If you are moving a large refrigerator, you may want to employ the help of a professional moving service like A-Zip Moving & Cartage Inc. or a friend to make sure that the refrigerator remains in the upright position throughout the course of the move.

Emulate

Once you get to your new location, repeat the above steps in reverse to install it in your new home. First, bring the refrigerator into your new home, with the help of a friend or moving service, making sure that it stays upright for the move. Then, unseal the doors, replace the shelving, reconnect the water and plug the refrigerator back in. Finally, unpack the items and put them back in your refrigerator.

Thankfully, with a little bit of prior planning, moving your refrigerator does not have to be stressful or difficult. The above steps should make the process much easier for everyone.

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4 February 2015