Handy Tips on How to Move Your Fridge Safely

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Are you figuring out how to move a fridge? Don’t worry, we’re here to help! To move a fridge, you need to start a few days before moving day. Be sure to go through all these steps ahead of time and prepare your fridge for the move!


Gather the Right Materials

Before you start emptying your fridge, you would need these things first: 

  • Appliance dolly
  • Bubble wraps or unwanted blankets
  • Cable ties
  • Cardboards and rubber mats 
  • Disinfectants
  • Fragile Item sticker
  • Icebox and cooler bags
  • Moving straps or bungee cords
  • Old towels
  • Packing tape, masking tape/scotch tape
  • Ratchet straps
  • Shrink wrap or cling film


Prepare Your Fridge

As mentioned earlier, the process of how to move a fridge starts a few days before moving day.


2 weeks before moving, you should:

  • Eat all the refrigerated food that you don’t want to take with you. If not, give them to your neighbours (if possible) or throw them away.


  • If you are not moving very far away, you can pack the remaining refrigerated food into iceboxes and cooler bags. 


  • Food that is ready-to-eat should be packed first, followed by fruits and vegetables. 


  • Raw food (meat, poultry and fish) and frozen food should be packed last and placed into ice boxes filled with ice. 


48 hours before moving: 

1. Switch off your fridge and unplug it. 


2. Take out the fridge’s trays, shelves and drawers and pack them with your kitchenware.


3. Clean the fridge and freezer with store-bought disinfectants or home-made disinfectants (baking soda and vinegar).


4. Defrost the fridge: Refer to your fridge’s instruction manual and follow its exact directions.


5. If you do not have the manual, you should be able to find it on your manufacturer’s website. In general, defrosting the fridge requires you to disconnect the water lines and wiring.


6. Gently coil the water lines and wiring, tie them with cable ties and tape them to the back of your fridge.


7. With a towel, wipe down any liquid that forms while the fridge is defrosting. Keep your fridge as dry as possible.


8. Remove any magnets, photos and/or sticky notes that you have on the fridge and pack them with your other belongings.


9. Leave the fridge door open until moving day.


Moving Day 

It’s D-Day! Tape your fridge doors with packing tape and wrap your fridge with shrink wraps or cling wraps and bubble wraps. Be generous with the wrapping as it will protect your fridge from scratches. 


This is especially so if your fridge door is made of glass. For safety reasons, paste a fragile item sticker on your fridge, so that whoever’s handling your fridge will handle it with care. 


If you do not have enough shrink wraps or cling wraps, you can use unwanted blankets and wrap your fridge in them. Afterwards, secure those blankets with moving straps or bungee cords. 


Ready For The Move

After you are done protecting your fridge, paste rubber mats onto the doorways to protect your fridge from scratching against it. To ease manoeuvring, unhinge your doors to make the exit larger.


Then, place cardboards on the floor to mark out the route that your fridge will be taking. Remember to place cardboards on the elevator floor (if any) as well.  


Once you’re back in the house:

1. Take out an appliance dolly and wheel it to the side of the fridge.

2. Wrap the contact points of the dolly with bubble wraps so that it does not scratch your fridge.

3. Get a helper to hold onto the fridge while you slide the dolly underneath it.

4. Tie the fridge to the dolly with moving straps or bungee cords.

5. Brace the dolly with your dominant foot and gently tip the fridge towards you. Then, let the fridge rest on the dolly.


Let’s Move Out

If you have a large-sized vehicle i.e. a lorry or a pickup truck, place a ramp onto your vehicle and move the fridge up the vehicle. When the fridge is on the vehicle, push it to the front and tie it down with ratchet straps. 


Note that your fridge is now standing at least a foot taller than your vehicle’s height. Hence, watch out for low-hanging tree branches and avoid tunnels.


As a precautionary measure, do not lay the fridge flat on the vehicle. If left this way for an extended period of time, the fluids in the compressor could leak and the fridge could be permanently damaged. 


Setting Up Your Fridge 

The hard part is over! Now you just need to set up your fridge properly in your new home and stock it up with food. 


Refer to your fridge’s instruction manual and follow its exact directions on how to set it up/ reconnect it. Then, wait for a while (usually a couple of hours) before storing perishable food products.


How Much to Move Refrigerator

Generally, it costs between $250 to $1500 to hire a mover in Singapore. Alternatively, you can approach van rental companies to rent a van or lorry rental companies to rent a lorry to move a fridge yourself. 


Van Hire in Singapore

It is important to get the right delivery service in Singapore as it will ensure that your fridge is properly transported to prevent damage. The driver can also provide assistance with the loading and unloading of your fridge. 


If you wish to avoid risks of injury to yourself or damage to your fridge, hire a van with a driver for move refrigerator service with us at GetVan Goods. We deliver your fridge to your home in a cost-effective manner. 


We also provide on-demand van rental services and same-day delivery at affordable rates designed to help you with your moving needs. Contact us for more information!



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