If you’re a tenant, you won’t have to relocate your washer and dryer when you leave the rental home because they aren’t yours – remember, they were there when you first moved in. At least, that’s how it usually works.
However, if you own the washer and dryer and would love to take them with you to your new home (especially if those two essential pieces of equipment are not there in the new house), it’s clear that you’re bringing them with you.
And here’s how to move a dryer on your own, without hiring movers or your close ones to help you out.
DIY Tips To Move A Dryer Without Professional Help
1. Think About Why You Need To Relocate Your Dryer
It’s vital to keep in mind that transferring your dryer will cost you money and time. Of course, preparing and moving the large appliance will need considerable effort.
The first question is whether you genuinely require moving the dryer shortly. Will you be putting it to use in your new home?
The second issue is one of finances. Moving a dryer between two homes now costs money, and moving across the country can be expensive. Check to see whether you’re not overpaying.
2. Enlist At Least One Assistance To Help You Out
If you transfer a clothes dryer yourself, you won’t be paying professional movers to help you transport the massive and heavy appliance to your new home. However, you’ll need at least one person (a buddy) to assist you in loading the dryer onto the appliance dolly, wheeling it out of the building, and loading it safely into the truck outside.
Even if you believe you are physically fit, it is better to be safe than sorry. Moving a regular dryer securely weighs between 150 and 200 pounds, so you can see that it’s not a chore for one person.
3. Get A Dolly To Move Your dryer
The weight of a dryer prevents you from just lifting it and carrying it to the waiting truck. You’ll need an appliance dolly to remove a dryer from your home correctly.
An appliance dolly, often known as a hand truck, is a two-wheel L-shaped cart. The objective behind using an appliance dolly is to connect the heavy dryer to its back support, then balance it onto the large rubber tires and transport it safely outside your home.
A local moving company in Canada can rent you an appliance dolly (you’ll need one to carry other household appliances, like your refrigerator).
Consider investing in an appliance dolly to use whenever you need to.
4. Read The Dryer’s Instruction Handbook
It’s good to examine your dryer’s instruction manual before transferring it and seek specific information about its safety when being carried from one location to another.
Check whether any of the dryer’s components must be removed in a specific manner or if you must take any special actions to prepare the large appliance for transport.
If you can’t find anything useful in the instruction manual or can’t locate it at all (did you try searching for one using your dryer’s brand and model number in a search engine? ), you should contact the manufacturer.
5. Turn Off The Power To The Dryer
To unhook an electric dryer from the wall, unplug the appliance’s cord. If the dryer is hardwired to the wall and you don’t feel comfortable removing the power on your own, hire an electrician to do it for you.
If you’re using a gas dryer, you’ll need to unplug the electric line and turn off the gas supply. Remember to turn off the gas valve first (gas leak) to avoid an accident. If you are unsure about tapping the gas supply line, you should hire a skilled expert to do so safely.
Remember to use masking tape to secure the electric cord to the side of the clothes dryer. The cable should never be dangling freely from the appliance, as this could cause someone to trip over it.
6. Clean The Dryer Thoroughly
Moving is an excellent time to clean your dryer both inside and out to be ready for its new home.
Before relocating a dryer, how do you clean it?
Move the dryer away from the wall with the assistance of a buddy so that you can access the trap with warm water and soap, get a dry cloth and an all-purpose cleaner, and wipe down the outside of the appliance. This ensures that any dust and filth from the dryer’s surface is removed.
Before packing the DRYER for shipment, make sure it is entirely dry. To keep the vents secure during the move, place them in a plastic bag. Surprisingly, the best place to store the covered vents is within the dryer.
7. Cover The Dryer Properly
Use painter’s tape to secure the appliance’s door. This will prevent the door from opening and perhaps cause an accident while in transit.
Then cover the entire dryer with 2-3 furniture blankets, leaving no exposed areas. During transport, the thick cushioning blankets will protect the enormous appliance from harm (scratches, dings, scuffs, etc.).
To secure the furniture blankets to the dryer, use ordinary packing tape or shrink wrap.
8. Place The Dryer On The Dolly
Because moving a dryer without a dolly is nearly impossible, you should first rely on the tried-and-true method of loading the hefty appliance onto a moving dolly.
Tilt the clothes dryer carefully sideways with your assistance until you have enough area to put the appliance dolly underneath it. Then use traps to secure the appliance to the dolly. Finally, tip the dolly backward until the rubber tires are firmly balanced and ready to be rolled out of the house.
Ideally, place the dryer onto the dolly from the side rather than the back or front, where the risk of accidental damage is much higher.
9. Remove The Dryer From The House
Before carrying the dryer out of the house, double-check that it is securely fastened to the appliance dolly. If you must travel up or downstairs, continue gently, taking only one little step at a time, and enlist the help of a buddy to maintain the load-balanced at all times.
When transporting the dryer, remember to maintain it upright. Laying the dryer on its side is risky because the drum may become misaligned, resulting in more catastrophic damage later.
10. Transfer The Dryer To The Truck
When you arrive at the moving vehicle, use the loading ramp to load the dryer inside safely. Allow your assistant to push the loaded dolly while pulling it from the front.
Once inside, secure the large appliance to the truck’s side to immobilize it during the move. Use rope instead of straps if you like, but ensure you achieve the same goal: keeping the dryer tight for the long ride ahead.
In Conclusion, Moving a dryer from one location to another may seem like a daunting task, but with the right approach, it can be accomplished smoothly and efficiently. By following these steps for a DIY move, you can relocate your dryer without the need for professional help.
While moving a dryer on your own is feasible, if you’re uncertain or uncomfortable, it’s advisable to seek the assistance of professional specialty movers, such as Team Removals Canada. With our expertise and reliable moving services in Canada, you can ensure a safe and efficient relocation for your valuable appliances. Contact Team Removals for a fee quotation and a stress-free moving experience.
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