Moving Large Household Items

Moving Appliances

When moving large household items and appliances, regardless if they are large or small one thing remains constant - preparation is key! As professional residential and commercial movers, we handle the transportation of your appliances from your previous place of residence and deliver them into your new home. But when it comes to the servicing and disconnecting of your appliances for the move (both at origin and destination) it is your responsibility to be prepared and ready ahead of time.

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 all 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 and keep your items from shifting around.

Medium-Sized Appliances (Microwave and Convection Ovens)

Medium-sized appliances such as microwaves and convection ovens should be placed in their own secured cartons. Any glass trays from these appliances should be removed and stored 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 thoroughly. Make sure to label each box for easy storage and unpacking – this will make the transition into your new home that much easier!

Washing Machine

  • Clean washing machine thoroughly and make sure it’s completely 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 – this will help ensure they don’t get lost or damaged
  • Secure the washer tub according to the manufacturer guidelines in order to prevent swaying and unwanted movement. 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 are able to arrange a third party service to properly disconnect your washing machine for you and prepare it for transportation

Clothes Dryer

  • 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. Do not do this yourself!
      • 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 completely
  • Tape down all racks and the silverware basket so they do not move and become damaged during the transportation process
  • 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 for storage
  • Close, lock and tape the door down shut to make sure it does not open
  • 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 loose internal 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 fridge
  • 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 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 rare 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 and be completely dry. To do this, you’ll need a wet-dry vacuum such as a Shop-Vac 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 freezing and cracking.

The equipment pack (heater, filter(s), blower, pump, electrical and plumbing units) should also be serviced well prior to moving day. Consult your owner’s manual for instructions for your model or arrange for a hot tub technician to do this for you.

At Delivery

  • 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 we are highly experienced in moving various types of vehicles from small classic cars to large industrial vehicles – we transport it all! When you choose us to facilitate your automotive moving needs, we discuss the various options available and educate you on all documentation required for your move. Depending on your unique 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 fully disabled
  • Gas tank should be at least half full
  • All fluids should be topped up and at proper operating levels
  • Vehicle should be clean and free of all garbage and debris
  • The battery is to be secure and without any leaks
  • All open seams on convertible tops must be secure
  • No personal belongings are permitted inside 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

Paperwork Required

The documentation required for transporting a vehicle is dependent on whether your move is domestic or international, and therefore each circumstance will require different documentation. Your Westmount Moving consultant will discuss all requirements based on your transportation needs and help you complete all necessary paperwork.

Vehicle Condition Report

When your vehicle is picked up for transport, a Vehicle Condition Report is to be completed and signed by you and the driver. This report includes the following information:

  • Date
  • Pickup location
  • Delivery address
  • Colour
  • Make
  • Model
  • Mileage
  • 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.

Leased vehicles

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 this type of transportation.

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