Moving Awkward Furniture: Refrigerators

Clean out your fridge before moving it.If you hold your refrigerator as dearly as your other investments, you would move them with care. However, like any other heavy piece of furniture, moving these steel monstrosities can be difficult. If you have the time, right equipment, and extra hands, follow the five-step instructions we have laid out for you to move your refrigerator the right way.

How to Move a Refrigerator


  • Large moving dolly (optional)
  • Rope or strong cord and/or moving straps
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Scissors
  • Moving blankets
  • Packing tape
  • Labels

Step 1: Measure and measure

Measure both the refrigerator and the space through which you are moving. Get the height, width, and length of the refrigerator before you measure the entry way to make sure it fits so that you don’t have to remove doors and hinges. You may also wish to pass the measurements to your local moving companies (hint: us) so that they can give you a dolly for the job.

Step 2: Gather your troops (or supplies, in this case)

Gather everything you need before you make your move. Need we give you the reason?

Step 3: Prep the refrigerator

Remove everything! As tempting as it may be, do not even think about stashing your favorite ice cream in the freezer for the long trip to your new home. Unplug the refrigerator and remove all other loose items. Wrap the cord and secure the doors with a strong cord or rope

Step 4: Take it out

If you are using a dolly, simply slide the refrigerator away from the wall and slide the dolly underneath. You may also want to use moving straps to secure the fridge to the dolly. If you are moving the refrigerator down the steps, make sure the bottom goes first

Step 5: Move it in

Position it into its new space in your new home. Let it sit for at least 2-3 hours to allow the fluids to flow back into the compressor before you plug it in. Allow up to 2 days before stocking food items back in.

While it may seem simple enough, moving refrigerators can be extremely difficult. If you wish to avoid permanent damage on your part or on your item, remember that you can always call us.