Wash and Wear: How to Protect Your Washer and Dryer During a Move

When preparing for a move, relocating your washer and dryer can be tricky. These heavy, bulky appliances need special attention and care to make it to your new home without damage. For this reason, professional relocation services are the best option for moving your washer and dryer. 

In this guide, we'll go over some important tips and tricks to help you protect your washer and dryer during the move so that you can keep “wash and wear” in your vocabulary and avoid costly repairs or replacements. Whether you hire a moving company or take on the move yourself, this guide will help you keep your appliances in pristine condition and ready for use in your new home.

5 Tips for Getting Your Washer and Dryer Ready for a Move

You've finally found your dream home and are eager to move in. The thought of moving your washer and dryer can dampen your enthusiasm.

We have some helpful tips to help you prepare your washer and dryer before your move. This will relieve stress. These guidelines will help you move your washer and drying machine with ease.

1. Measure Appliances Twice

The importance of measuring twice is well-known to tailors. What's important when moving your favorite outfit is even more so when moving large appliances. Take accurate measurements. This is the most important thing you can do to prepare your washer and dryer to move.

Measure the appliances and the space where they will be placed in your new home. Measure the doorways, stairways, and even your moving car to ensure that appliances don't get damaged or stuck during transport.

2. Check Power Supplies and Hookups

You can save yourself a lot of hassle when you move large appliances by checking the power source and appliance connections in advance. It is important to check that your power source and connection are working and that you have selected the correct energy type and wattage.

You'll also need to check that your hookups are in the correct place. You'll have to move the washer and dryer connections to put your machines in the basement rather than the garage. If this is the case, you'll need to hire a local appliance installer to do the job.

3. Unplug and Clean Your Appliance

It's more than just loading and unloading them to transport your washer and dryer safely.

Turn off your dryer and washer's gas, electric, and water supplies before disconnecting them. You will also want to drain the water from your machine's hoses and your washer's inner tub.

After the machines have been disconnected and drained completely, clean them inside and outside. You can remove residue and debris by wiping all surfaces with a dry, soft cloth. You can also use a vacuum or a soft-bristle brush to remove accumulated dirt inside your drain hoses or dryer vent.

4. Wrap and Pack Your Extra Components

Wrapping delicate components like electrical plugs in a soft towel or another material is also important. Alternatively, you can place your connectors inside the machine to keep them safe during transport.

Remember that the tub of your washer is particularly vulnerable to damage when it's being transported. Refer to the owner's guide for instructions from the manufacturer on how to move the washing machine safely.

5. Use a Moving Company to Transport Your Goods

It's now time to plan the move. You must decide whether to move the heavy machines or hire a moving service.

Hiring professional movers is safer, easier, and more efficient, but the cost will be higher—a professional mover costs, on average, $1,400 to complete a short-distance move.

Renting a moving truck is all you must do if you transport your washer and dryer yourself. Renting a moving van can cost anywhere from $130 for a local move to $2,000 for a long-distance move. If you decide to move your washer and dryer, you will be responsible for any damage during transport.


We at Movers Mamaroneck understand how important it is to ensure a stress-free and smooth move for our customers. We are a professional moving service that offers various moving services to make your move as smooth as possible. Our experienced team can safely and securely move your washer and dryer into your new home. We will ensure that they arrive in perfect condition.

Do not take any chances with your appliances when you move. Call Movers Mamaroneck to learn more about our moving service, which includes specialized services in transporting heavy appliances such as washers and dryers. We'll handle the labor-intensive tasks so you can focus on your new life.


How can I protect my washing machine and dryer?

Plastic Shelves Use plastic shelf liners to protect washers and dryers from scratches.

When you move, do you take your washer and dryer with you?

It is not mandatory to move your appliances. First-time buyers prefer fully-loaded houses, as they only have a few appliances.

How can I protect my dryer against power surges?

Consider buying appliance-grade surge protectors for your computer, refrigerators, washers and dryers, air conditioners, home theater systems, or washing machines. Any homeowner should have surge protectors. This device protects electronic devices and appliances from surges that can occur when power is out.

Can I move my washing machine?

For front-loaders, you can secure the drum by inserting shipping bolts in the back and washer locks between the drum and case. Top-loaders should wedge cardboard or foam between the drum and the casing.