Moving Large Household Items
When moving appliances, regardless if they are large or small one thing remains constant - preparation is key! As professional movers, we handle the transportation of your appliances from your existing residence into your new home. But when it comes to the servicing of your appliances for the move (both at origin and destination) it is your responsibility to be prepared and ready ahead of time. Unless you have requested that we make these arrangements on your behalf, there are a number of things that we ask our clients to do before moving day.
Here is a guide to what is required for moving appliances:
Small Appliances (Blenders, Toasters, etc).
Small appliances such as blenders, toasters, coffee makers, etc. should be packed into boxes, two to three in each box. Make sure that the bottom of the box is securely taped and padded with the appropriate packing paper to limit the risk of damage.
Medium-Sized Appliances (Microwave and Convection Ovens)
Medium-sized appliances such as microwaves and convection ovens should be placed in secured cartons. Any glass trays should be removed, wrapped and packed in a separate box in order to protect from potential damage during the moving process. The bottom of these boxes should also be padded with packing paper to cushion your items. Make sure to place the appliance in the middle of the carton and pad around the appliance top and bottom. Make sure to label each box for easy storage and unpacking.
- Clean washing machine thoroughly and make sure it’s dry
- Turn off all water faucets and disconnect any drain hoses
- Wrap the connector ends of each hose in a towel and store them inside the washer during transportation
- Secure the washer tub according to the manufacturer guidelines in order to prevent swaying. There are many moving kits available from various appliance manufacturers – check online or call your manufacturer for more details
- If you prefer not to handle this task yourself, we can arrange for a third party service to properly disconnect your washing machine for you
- Clean the dryer’s lint screen and disconnect the electrical supply to the unit.
- If you’re moving a gas dryer, make sure it is properly disconnected and the gas line is safely capped by a qualified service technician.
- Our crew members are not qualified to perform this service, although we can make third party arrangements on your behalf.
- Leave the dishwasher door open for several hours in order to allow the unit to dry out thoroughly
- Tape down all racks and the silverware basket so they do not move and become damaged during transportation
- Shut off the electrical supply and disconnect the water service
- Disconnect and drain the water inlet line, water valve, and all hoses
- Wrap each dry hose with a towel and place inside the unit
- Close, lock and tape the door down shut to make sure it does not open during transport
- Tape all hoses and cords securely to the side of the dishwasher
- Turn off the refrigerator according to manufacturer instructions and unplug the unit
- Tape the cord to the side of the refrigerator
- Secure all other loose parts
- All shelves should be removed, cleaned and carefully packed
- Make sure the refrigerator is completely empty and clean
- Leave the door open for at least 24 hours to allow all moisture to evaporate from the unit
- If there is a water dispenser and/or ice maker, a plumber may be needed to properly disconnect and empty the water reservoir
- If the refrigerator is oversized, remove all handles so it can easily fit through doors and hallways in your home
- Tape the doors shut securely with masking tape or duct tape to prevent them from swinging open
- Once at the destination, the water dispenser and ice maker connections must be attached to a dedicated water line.
- All Installation instruction and additional parts can be obtained from your authorized appliance dealer
- Remove broiler pans and racks from oven and remove surface grates on gas ranges
- Remove or secure all knobs during transportation
- Gas ranges must be disconnected by a qualified service technician.
- A qualified gas installer will also be needed at destination to check the gas supply, re-connect the range to the gas line, seal any openings, light the pilot light and handle any other installation procedures.
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Moving Your Hot Tub
To ensure the necessary arrangements are made, be sure to point out your hot tub during the visual survey of your home to your moving consultant. Please note that due to the size of a hot tub, a "bulky article charge" may apply. In some instances, a small crane can be required to remove the hot tub from its existing location.
On moving day, your hot tub must be completely drained of all water. To do this, you’ll need a wet-dry vacuum such as a ShopVac to remove all water from the unit. If you’re moving to a climate where temperatures can fall below the freezing mark, the entire pumping system will need to be drained by a high-pressure vacuum to prevent cracking.
The equipment pack (heater, filter(s), blower, pump, electrical and plumbing units) should also be serviced well before moving day. Consult your owner’s manual for instructions for your model.
- Ensure there’s clear access to where your hot tub needs to go
- Depending on where the hot tub needs to be delivered, a crane is sometimes required
- A local dealer can assist in the reassembly of your hot tub and a local electrician is able to wire it correctly once delivered
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Moving Your Vehicle
At Westmount Moving & Warehousing, we are highly experienced in moving various types of vehicles. When you choose us to facilitate your automotive moving needs, we discuss the various options available and educate you on all documentation requirements for your move. Depending on your needs, a moving consultant will advise whether or not your vehicle can be transported in one of our moving vehicles, or if a third party service is necessary. If we are unable to facilitate the move with our own equipment, we will make all necessary arrangements for third party transportation of your vehicle.
Preparing a Vehicle for Transport
- Alarm systems must be disabled
- Gas tank should be at least half full
- All fluids should be topped up and at proper operating levels
- All fluids should be topped up and at proper operating levels
- Vehicle should be clean both inside and out, free of all garbage and debris
- The battery is to be secure and without leaks
- Any open seams on convertible tops must be secure
- No personal belongings are permitted in the vehicle, aside from the following:
- Children's car seat (when attached)
- Spare tire and tire changing tools
- Driver's Manual
- Snow/ice scraper and snow brush
- Jumper cables and minor tools (must be properly stowed)
- Car cover
The documentation required for transporting a vehicle is dependent on whether your move is domestic or international, and therefore each circumstance will require different paperwork. Your Westmount Moving consultant will discuss all documentation requirements based on your transportation needs and help you complete all necessary documents.
Vehicle Condition Report
When your vehicle is picked up for transport, a Vehicle Condition Report will need to be completed and signed by you and the driver. This report includes the following information:
- Pickup location
- Delivery address
- Vehicle identification number (VIN)
- A report of the condition of the vehicle (including scratches, dents, paint condition, etc). It is always recommended that you keep a copy of this report.
When moving a leased vehicle, you will require a letter of permission from the leasing company that outlines their permission to move the leased automobile to another city or province. Leasing companies typically do not allow their vehicles to be moved to or from the United States or to foreign countries, therefore it is important that you speak with your leasing company before organizing transportation.
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