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Moving Cars and Appliances

Big-ticket items require special consideration during a move. Large appliances need to be cleaned, disconnected and handled properly to avoid damages. And let's not forget the largest item, your car. Let Lowe's help you move your most cumbersome possessions safely.

Moving Your Automobile

Moving a car to your new home can be complicated and tiring - especially if you're moving a long distance.

Move It or Sell It? Obviously, one option for moving a vehicle is to decide not to move it at all! By selling one or more of your autos, you'll lighten the load before you move. Selling your car for cash or donating it to charity for a tax deduction are both viable alternatives.

If you're moving to another state, you might face tougher emissions and safety standards for your car. Consider other deterrents as well, like increased insurance rates or a lifestyle change that renders your vehicle impractical.

If you decide to bring your car, there are several options:

Drive Your Car. While driving your car is the most economical option, it can also be the most stressful considering factors like road construction, tolls, gas, inclement weather and unexpected mechanical dysfunctions.

Load Your Car. Some movers allow your car to be loaded with your other possessions. This is the most expensive option since moving companies charge by time, distance and weight.

Hire an Auto Mover. You will probably be happiest using the services of professional auto movers (i.e. transporters).

Any professional auto mover should provide a quote based on several factors: distance; the make and model of your car; its operating condition, weight and size; insurance coverage provided; and any additional services.

When choosing an auto mover, ask a lot of questions and do some up-front research. Check credentials and insist on a written agreement. If you use the auto mover's insurance plan, ask for a certificate of insurance to verify your car is fully covered.

Money-Saving Options. Terminal-to-terminal service can save you money over door-to-door service. A terminal is a hub where cars are loaded, unloaded, and transferred.

Some auto movers offer the option of having someone drive your car. This option can save you a few hundred dollars.

Use your own insurance instead of the transporter's. Check with your insurance agent about coverage, and then compare with the transporter's rate.

Moving Your Appliances

Appliances need special preparation. Generally, keep appliances clean and dry to prevent mold and mildew build-up. Each appliance must be handled in a specific way. Take the appropriate steps for each item.

NOTE: Turn off or unplug any appliance before preparing, cleaning or servicing.

Dishwashers. Make sure you disconnect and drain the hoses. Leave the door open for a few days before your move. Once the hoses are dry, wrap them in towels and packing paper, and store inside the unit.

Washing Machines. As with dishwashers, disconnect and drain hoses. Secure the tub following the manufacturer's guidelines to prevent swaying. If you don't have the manufacturer's guidelines, you can purchase a washer kit with proper instructions. Wrap the metal connector ends of the hoses in a towel and store hoses inside the washer. Let a professional install your washer in your new home.

Dryers. Clean your dryer's lint screen. Prior to plugging in your electric dryer at your new residence, have your power supply checked for the correct electrical requirements. If you are moving a gas dryer, hire a qualified technician to disconnect and cap off the gas line. Upon arrival, you will need a qualified gas installer to check your gas supply, connect the gas line, seal openings, light the pilot, and handle any other requirements.

Stove Tops/Ranges and Ovens. Clean thoroughly. Detach all removable parts and pack safely in a box. If you are moving a gas range, hire a qualified technician to disconnect and cap off the gas line. If you have an electric range, no servicing is required. When moving in, hire a professional to install the gas range.

Moving Refrigerators. Dispose of all perishables, unplug the power cord, wash all removable parts, and dry thoroughly. Pack all loose parts including bins and shelves. Vacuum the condenser or compressor. Empty and clean the evaporator pan, and allow time for it to dry.

Before moving, turn off the water and disconnect the water line if you have a water dispenser or icemaker. Then, empty the water reservoir. If your refrigerator or freezer is an older model, you may have to have the compressor or motor bolted down while moving.

When arriving at your new residence, have the icemaker and water dispenser connected to the water line by a qualified technician, which might require a new shut-off valve, copper tubing and fittings. Allow 24 hours before operating the refrigerator. This gives time for the oil to settle, and prevents damage to the compressor.

See more moving tips and ideas in Lowe's Make Your Move section.

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