As you prepare to relocate, there are several logistical details to take care of. Moving appliances, such as refrigerators, requires careful preparation for safety. While professional movers take precautions while handling fridges, such as keeping them upright to prevent refrigerant spills, there are some steps homeowners must take before moving day. Below, you’ll learn more about how to get the device ready for transit.

How to Get a Refrigerator Ready for Professional Movers

1. Unplug, Defrost & Drain

At least one day before the move, empty the appliance of all items. Toss out any remaining perishables. Then, unplug the device and allow it to defrost completely. If it has an ice maker, pull out the water line and drain it over a bucket to prevent leaks while in transit. 

2. Clean

Once the appliance defrosts, clean the interior to prevent odors, mold, and mildew. Use a store-bought cleaning solution or combine equal parts baking soda and white vinegar to create your own mixture. 

professional moversWipe all surfaces using a soft microfiber cloth or sponge, scrubbing stubborn grime and debris with a brush. Soak stains in the baking soda paste for about 10 minutes to loosen them before scrubbing. 

3. Remove Extra Parts

Once the unit is clean, take out all racks, shelves, drawers, and swivel compartments to keep them from knocking around while in the moving truck. Use inflated padding to protect them inside a box. If some moveable components aren’t removable, secure them shut with duct tape to prevent them from cracking.


Make your move less stressful with help from the team at Sam Hollis & Sons Moving & Storage. These professional movers use modern equipment and trucks to help residents of South Baldwin County, AL, relocate. They handle items of all sizes, including pianos. Call (251) 943-6021 to book an appointment, or visit their website to learn more about their local and long-distance services.