How Professional Movers Transport a Washing Machine

Transporting a washing machine requires care, technique, and specific knowledge due to its weight, fragility, and the presence of both electrical and plumbing components. Here’s a step-by-step overview of how professional movers handle the transportation of washing machines:


Empty the washing machine: Ensure there are no clothes or other items inside.
Clean and dry: Run a short spin cycle to remove any remaining water from the drum. Wipe down the inside and outside to make sure it’s dry.

Disconnect from Water Supply:

Turn off the water supply valves.
Disconnect the hoses from the washing machine and from the water supply. Make sure to remember which hose is for hot water and which one is for cold.
Drain any remaining water from the hoses. It’s a good idea to keep the hoses in a plastic bag or container to prevent any residual water from spilling.
Electrical Disconnection:

Turn off and unplug the washing machine from the power outlet.
Safely secure the power cord to the machine’s back using tape to ensure it doesn’t dangle or get caught during the move.

Secure the Drum:

For front-loading washers, use transit bolts to secure the drum and prevent it from moving during transit. If you no longer have the original bolts, they can usually be purchased from the manufacturer or a specialty store.
For top-loading washers, the drum usually doesn’t need securing, but always refer to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Protect the Exterior:

Wrap the washing machine with moving blankets or bubble wrap. Secure the protective materials using moving tape or stretch wrap.

Lifting and Moving:

Due to its weight and size, at least two movers will typically be involved. Using an appliance dolly, they will carefully lift and transport the washing machine. It’s crucial to keep the washer upright to avoid any internal damage.

Loading into the Truck:

Once in the moving truck, the machine should be placed in a location where it’s unlikely to move. Movers will use straps or ropes to secure the machine and prevent any shifts during transit.

Installation at the New Location:

The movers will reverse the above process: carefully placing the machine in its designated spot, connecting the hoses, and plugging it in.

Safety First:

Movers always wear protective gloves for a better grip and protective footwear to prevent any accidents.

Professional movers’ experience and expertise ensure that valuable appliances like washing machines are transported safely and securely. If you’re moving, relying on trained professionals can simplify the process and offer peace of mind.