Moving house is always a busy time, with so many jobs to take care of. Chief among these is the moving of your major appliances and white goods to your new property – these are not items you can just put in a box and carry to your new home.

As the premier provider of residential removals in Hertfordshire, Brycelands Removals and Storage have been transporting these bulky items for our valued customers for years, and we’ve come up with the following handy hints to make it that much easier for you on the big day.

General tips

Make sure all appliances are empty, clean and, in the case of water-bearing items, thoroughly dried. Disconnection can take some time, so don’t wait until the day of the move. This is especially true of freezers and refrigerators (see below).

Washing machines

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to settle the drum to prevent swaying and tipping in transit (often a set of long screws that secure it). Disconnect all hoses and allow them to drain out into a bucket, before wrapping in an old towel and storing inside the washer.

Tumbles dryers

Apart from unplugging the dryer safely, make sure that you empty out the lint drawer before transporting to your new home.


Leave the dishwasher door open for a day or two before the move, to prevent any moisture from condensation being trapped inside. Follow our guidance on washing machines for disconnecting and storing the hoses.


Remove any detachable parts, label them, and pack securely in a well-marked box. If you have a gas cooker, it must be disconnected by a qualified gas technician and, when you arrive at your new house, you will also have to arrange for one to install it.

Refrigerators and freezers

Defrost overnight before cleaning and drying. Plan ahead regarding perishable items, so as little as possible goes to waste. Remove any shelving and tape together, wrapping them whole in paper or bubble wrap.

Brycelands Removals and Storage will be happy to assist you with any of your major appliances, including all the heavy lifting at both ends of the journey. Contact us today to get a free, no-obligation quote for residential removals in Hertfordshire.