If you're planning on moving into a new home or apartment in the near future, you'll need think about how you're going to transport your washing machine. Not only is this one of the heaviest appliances in your home, but it's also full of water, adding another element of surprise to the mix. Of course you probably don't want to leave your washing machine behind either, as they aren't cheap to purchase. Here we'll take a look at some tips on how to safely move a washing machine into a new home without leaving a wake of destruction in your path. Before you even touch your washing machine, you should first lay out a clear path for you to move it through. Trust me, there's nothing worse than trying to haul around a heavy washing machine through a maze of boxes and furniture. If you're unsure on whether or not the washing machine will fit through a doorway, pull out a measuring tape to get the exact estimates. If the measurements come up short and you don't think the washing machine will fit, you can always remove the door from the hinges to give yourself a couple additional inches to work with.
Turn The Valves Off
One of the biggest mistakes people make when moving washing machines is forgetting to turn the water valves off. If you try to remove them while they are on, it will flood the laundry room, and you'll likely get soaked in the process. Look behind your washing machine for two nozzles (should be blue and red) and turn them in a counterclockwise motion as far as you can. Once they are off, go ahead and remove them from by twisting them off. Depending on how the plumber set the home up, you may need to use a pair of pliers to twist them off.
Moving The Washing Machine
To make the moving process easier, take the two water hose lines and the drain line and place them inside the top of your washing machine. You may need to tape them down so they will stay, but go ahead and do this before moving the unit. Once the lines are secured, you can then start moving the unit. Hopefully you have another set of hands around to help, but you should be able to move it yourself if you have a dolly or handcart. Just carefully lift the washing machine and carry/roll it through the cleared path to your moving van. Before you load it, though, you should tilt it sideways to remove any excess water stuck inside. Drive it over to your new home, hook it up, and you should now have a working washing machine!