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How should you prepare your fridge for removal?

Posted on October 10, 2016 in Removal Services
Let's take on the kitchen before you start the home move.

Looking for cheap furniture removalists in Melbourne? You've come to the right place. For competitive pricing, you'll get some of the friendliest service you can find in the city. But moving house is about more than just finding the best removalist service for your needs.

While Professional Movers can take care of the actual removal and transport of your possessions, there are a few things you're going to have to take care of before you even pick up the phone to give us a call. One of these is the fridge.

How should you prepare your fridge for removal?What do you do with the food in your fridge when it's time to move?

After all, we can't pick up and move your fridge when it's still got last week's shopping and leftovers in it! Here's what you need to do to ensure your fridge is ready for removal.

1) Clear out the food

The first step is removing everything from your fridge. This includes ice trays and packs, fruit and veg, and whatever is kicking around in your freezer. You don't want anything rattling about when your fridge is tipped on its side during the removal process. On top of this, a fridge will usually weigh a considerable amount, which could be almost doubled if you have a lot of food in it.

There is a lot you can do with the produce removed from a fridge too. If you are not immediately moving it into cold storage, then you might have to get rid of it. Clean Up Australia says that almost any food except meat, bread and dairy can be composted or put into a worm farm. Rather than just throw it in the bin, perhaps you should add it to a friend or neighbour's compost!

Remember – if your fridge has extra implements like an ice maker, these will need to be cleaned out before moving day as well.

2) Remove your shelves

As well as taking out your food, you need to remove the drawers and shelves in your fridge too. They might be frozen at the back, so some warm water to loosen this up could be necessary.

Warm, soapy water is often your best friend.

These can fall out and break if left within a fridge during removal, which is why they need to be taken out separately. It's also a great opportunity to give them a clean – with all the different foods that get placed on a fridge shelf, there can be a buildup of material that's easy to overlook.

Warm, soapy water is often your best friend here. Give them a scrub until they're crystal clear. It might be possible to tape them up so they stay fixed in place during the moving process, but better safe than sorry.

3) Let it all warm up

Your freezer, and often your fridge, will have a significant level of ice built up in corners and at the back. Unplug your fridge a day or two before moving day, to let this all begin to melt. You might want to let it do this in your garage or outside, or just put towels underneath to soak up the melting ice.

Scraping the interior down and wiping it with warm water and the appropriate chemicals can really fix it up. Want to add a dash of freshness to the fridge? Then try putting a bit of vanilla essence into the mix.

How should you prepare your fridge for removal?Moving house doesn't have to be hard – especially with Professional Movers.

While we'll take care of the moving process with care and professionalism, the Australian Furniture Movers' Association does point out that it is the customer's responsibility to make sure everything is ready on the day. When it comes to your fridge, this means a bit of work getting it clean and ready.

When you're ready to have your things moved, give us a call and we'll sort everything out as quickly as possible.

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