servicing appliances for moving

Moving with Appliances: Servicing Your Appliances

The first step towards preparing your appliances for moving is servicing. Servicing involves preparing appliances so they will safety withstand handling during transit or while in storage. This process can include bracing a washer tub, disconnecting an ice maker and capping off a gas line.

Moving companies do not do any of the following:

  • Disconnect the appliances (ice maker, washer, dryer, etc.) or reconnect them in the new home.
  • Disconnect utilities.
  • Repair appliances.
  • Remove or install window air conditioners, televisions, etc.
  • Perform wiring, plumbing, electrical or carpentry services.

Responsibility for Servicing:

The Appliance Service Company Representative

  • Prepares the appliances for safe handling prior to transit and/or storage.

 The Gas Company Service Representative

  • Disconnects gas fines and caps the pipes.

The Moving Company

  • Provides personnel for careful, efficient handling of appliances during a move. Every effort is made to ensure that appliances reach destination safety.
  • Will, as requested and authorized by the owner, arrange for any servicing required. However, the moving company does not automatically assume this responsibility.

Provides personnel for careful, efficient handling of appliances during a move. Every effort is made to ensure that appliances reach destination safety.

The Owner

  • Assumes responsibility for having appliances properly serviced, both at origin and destination. It is best to have a reputable service representative prepare appliances for moving at least one day before they are to be loaded on the van.
  • May authorize the moving company to arrange for appliance servicing. This is an accessorial or third-party service which will be added to the Bill of Lading as an additional cost or advanced charge.

Read more about preparing major appliances for moving or return to the appliance moving guide.