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When Should You Move Your Appliances?

Most people, when they buy a new home, buy the appliances with it. This makes the Ovenmost sense, as appliances have to fit within a kitchen, not the other way around, and because they’re large, heavy and awkward to move. But occasionally, it may make sense to move your oven, refrigerator or washer and dryer.

First, if your new home does not include the appliances, you’ll need to either move your existing ones or buy new ones. The first thing to check is what the energy efficiency rating on your appliances is. If they’re old and inefficient, moving them will cost more money in the long run than buying a newer, more efficient version. Next, get out the measuring tape, because while there are a set of standard sizes for brands, there is no one size for ovens or refrigerators. You’ll want to measure height, depth and width to make sure the range will drop in among the cabinets, that the refrigerator isn’t too deep for the space, or that your washer dryer will fit in the laundry closet. If they fit, it may make sense to move them rather than buying new.

Another scenario where it makes sense to move your appliances is when you’ve invested in something more than your average residential appliance. If your existing kitchen features a top-of-the line, restaurant grade stove and oven, or you have a specialty color set of appliances that it will be hard to replace, it makes sense to move these. Again, you’ll want to measure to make sure everything fits.

Finally, if you’re moving to a house you love but the kitchen appliances leave a lot to be desired – they’re harvest gold or avocado green, thirty years old, or just too small – then bringing your own makes sense.

If you are moving appliances, then you’ll want to clean your stove and oven thoroughly. Your refrigerator should be defrosted in advance of moving day; refrigerators, washing machines and dishwasher should all be clean and dry, especially if you’re moving long distances. After all, you don’t want to install them in your new home only to discover mold or mildew in them.


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