6 Easy Steps to Move Your Refrigerator Safely

How to Move Refrigerator Safely

Moving an appliance as large as a refrigerator is no easy task, especially if you don't have the right tools or techniques. But with some careful planning and a little bit of know-how, you can safely transport your refrigerator to its new location without damaging it or risking injury.

In this blog, we have listed 6 easy steps you need to know to move a refrigerator safely, including how to prepare the appliance and move it securely.

Packing Materials Needed For the Move

  • Cleaning Supplies: To clean and wipe the inside of your refrigerator.

  • Bubble Wrap: To protect your refrigerator's door and shelves from scratches and damage during the move.

  • Moving Blankets: To protect the refrigerator during the move, they provide a layer of padding to help prevent scratches, dents, and other damage during transportation.

  • Moving Trolley: Designed to help move large, heavy objects like refrigerators.

  • Moving Straps: Provide added stability and help to prevent the fridge from falling or tipping over during the move.

How To Prepare a Refrigerator For a Move?

Step 1: Clean & Empty the Refrigerator

To begin with, empty the refrigerator completely. This is necessary since perishable items may spoil during the relocation, and the weight of the food would make the fridge more difficult to lift and transport. Consider giving away or disposing of the food that has not been consumed or opened before the transfer.

Note: Any leftover food can be kept in an ice box. Make sure you have enough ice to preserve food at a safe cooling temperature.

Step 2: Unplug and Defrost the Refrigerator.

Unplug the refrigerator and defrost the freezer. Place towels on the floor to soak up any water that may drip from melting ice. 

After your freezer completely defrosts, thoroughly clean and dry all surfaces of your refrigerator and freezer inside and out. Leave the doors open for at least 24 hours to enable any remaining moisture to evaporate.

Note: To prevent bad odour wafting from the fridge or bacteria from growing, you can wash the walls and shelves with a few tablespoons of baking soda and water.

Step 3: Remove the Shelves.

Remove any detachable shelves or drawers, and wrap them carefully in bubble wrap to prevent breakage. These items can be fragile and may break if they are not protected during the move.

Step 4: Secure the Doors

Protect the exterior of the refrigerator with blankets or moving pads. This will help to prevent any scratches or dents from occurring during the move.

After wrapping them securely, you can use the moving straps or ratchet straps to hold them in place. Make sure the straps are tightened and the appliance is balanced and stable before transporting it.

Step 5: Place the Refrigerator on a Moving Trolley

Use the moving trolley to lift and move the refrigerator. Position the trolley close to the refrigerator and make sure it is on a level surface. Slide the moving trolley underneath the fridge and use a strap to fix the fridge to the trolley. To move the appliance, push the trolley forward, using your legs to propel the load. Go slowly and carefully, and make sure to watch out for obstacles in your path.

Step 6: Load the Refrigerator into the Truck

When loading the refrigerator onto the moving truck, ensure it is placed in an upright position so that the fluids inside do not leak out and cause damage to other parts of your fridge.

Use straps or ropes to secure the refrigerator in place to prevent it from tipping over during transport.

Secret Tip (Shhh!):

To save time and make the moving process easier, you can hire a professional moving company, as they handle the entire moving process on your behalf. Check out our Specialised relocation companies who can do the job for you.


By following the steps outlined in this blog, you can easily transport your appliance to any new location without damaging it or risking injury. You can make a move easier with the right tools, techniques, and planning.

You can also hire a professional moving company from AssureShift, as all the movers are trained in proper lifting and handling techniques and are equipped with the right equipment and supplies to make your job easier at the most affordable rates.

They will take care of the entire move, from handling the heavy lifting and transport to the setup of your appliances, leaving you free to take care of other tasks. Since you have what you need, get packing!

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