How to prepare and move your washing machine and dryer



Moving house involves a great deal of packing. Collecting all of the necessary supplies. Wrapping items so they don’t get damaged or broken. It’s a lot of work and takes a lot of time.

But, there are two things that are especially difficult to pack and move. Can you guess what they are? If you guessed the washing machine and dryer, you are correct! Your washer and dryer are heavy, bulky and can be truly difficult to move. But it must be done, so we are here to help.

Here are some helpful tips to pack and move your washer and dryer.

Washing Machine

Your washing machine, more than likely, is the heaviest and hardest thing in your laundry room that will need to be moved come moving day. Before you start, here are some supplies you will need:

  • Washing machine instruction manual
  • Slip-joint pliers
  • Bucket
  • Washer locks
  • Packing tape or duct tape
  • Moving blankets
  • Dolly, hand truck, furniture casters, or additional blanket/towel to slide the machine

Now that you have gathered the necessary supplies, you are prepared to follow the steps below:

1. Shut off the water supply to the washing machine.

2. Shut off the power supply to the washing machine at the electrical panel, and unplug theĀ machine.

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3. Using your slip-joint pliers, disconnect the hoses from the valves and from the washing machine. (Keep a bucket handy in order to catch any water that may be left in the hoses.)

4. Refer to your owner’s manual, and remove the drain hose from the back of the machine. Then install washer locks, and follow any other instructions in your manual concerning how to prepare your washing machine for moving.

5. Tape the lid of the washing machine closed. Also tape the electrical cord to the back of the machine. (If you have a front-load washer, the door should automatically lock, so be sure to close it completely before moving the machine.)

6. Wrap the washing machine in moving blankets. This will protect it from dents or scratches. If you have a team of professional movers helping you, they can now take over and your job is complete. If not, move on to the next step.

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7. Load the washing machine onto a dolly. It can then be pushed up the ramp onto the moving van. *Be sure you have at least one or two friends helping you during this step. Your washing machine can weigh up to 300 pounds. Its weight and large size make this is a job you definitely don’t want to tackle alone!

If you do not have a dolly or hand truck, lift each side of the washing machine until you have placed a moving blanket completely underneath the machine. Then pull the blanket, with the washing machine on top, to the moving van.

*If you have to move your washing machine up and down stairs, take extreme caution when doing so. Go slowly, lift with your legs (never your back!), and take as many breaks as needed.

8. Secure the washing machine inside the moving van with rope or ratchet straps. Do not place anything heavy on top of the machine, as it could dent the top. Light boxes, however, are acceptable.


Compared to the mighty weight of your washing machine, your dryer will feel like lifting a feather. Okay, maybe not a feather, but it will definitely be lighter because dryers weigh half that of a washing machine.

Here’s how to move it:

1. For an electric dryer, unplug it from its power source and secure the cord to the back of the machine with packing tape or duct tape.

For gas dryers, disconnect the hose and store it inside the dryer (or drum).

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2. Disconnect the metallic hose vent. If it’s in good condition, you can store it inside the dryer. If you have an older vent hose, however, you will want to throw it away and replace it with a new one after your move is complete.

3. Wrap the dryer in moving blankets just like you did your washing machine. This way you won’t risk any dents or scratches.

4. Whether using a dolly or a moving blanket, follow the same steps you used when transporting your washer. (Step 7)

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