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Hints & Tips for Moving White Goods

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Here at Pelican Carrying, we deal with many customers who need to transport white goods from one location to another. Sometimes they are selling the goods second-hand on websites such as gumtree, others are moving their home or office to a new location while others sell new and re-conditioned white goods and appliances on websites like eBay and need a long-term partner who they can rely on to transport their white goods carefully and on-time, every time. Below are some of our tips for successfully moving your white goods from A to B within Sydney, Newcastle and the Central Coast of New South Wales:

What are white goods?

White Goods are large items such as refrigerators, freezers, washing machines, tumble dryers, dishwashers, stoves and microwaves. They earned their name as these items were traditionally white in colour however many come in stainless steel, black and other finishes today. White goods are generally quite bulky and heavy and are usually difficult to transport. Most white goods will require preparation before they are loaded for transport, to ensure the courier or transport company will accept them and that they will be safe in transit.

Measure Early and Often!

Different properties will have slightly different sized areas for white goods to fit into, while practically all of them are a tight squeeze. Ensure the white goods you are transporting will fit comfortably in their new homes to avoid a lot of frustration when they arrive! It’s also important to measure the doors of the new location to ensure it will be possible to manoeuvre the white goods through them. Finally, make sure you familiarise yourself with where plugs and pipes are located in the new property, so the white goods will fit correctly and neatly or to allow you make plans in advance to tidily conceal the stray wires if the plugs aren’t in close proximity.

Transporting Ovens

Before you transport an oven, ensure it is immaculate. If you don’t have the time or resources to clean it to a professional standard yourself, hire a professional oven cleaner to do it for you. These can be easily sourced from crowd-sourcing websites such as Airtasker. It’s also advisable to consult with a professional plumber or natural gas expert before disconnecting or re-connecting gas ovens for safety reasons.

Transporting Washing Machines and Tumble Dryers

Make sure to unplug and drain your washing machines at least 24-36 hours prior to moving the appliance to ensure it is drained of all water and dry when it goes in the truck to it’s new home. We recommend putting all pipes and cables in the dry appliance, so they are easy to locate when setting it up on the other side.

Transporting Fridges and Freezers

Before transporting a fridge or freezer it will need to be defrosted. Unplug the fridge or freezer at least 24-36 hours before you wish to move it and let the frost and ice thaw with towels placed at the base of the appliance to collect the water. Turn off the power and leave the door of the appliance open so it can thoroughly dry. Any professional transport company will know that a fridge or freezer must be kept upright to protect the elements at the back of the appliance. Tape the doors shut once its empty and dry.

Transporting Dishwashers

Like the white goods mentioned above, a dishwasher must be prepared for transport. Start by putting it on a cycle while empty to clean the machine, then unplug and leave to drain and dry with the door open before finally closing the door and taping it shut for transport.

These are some tips for preparing your white good and appliances to be transported to their next destination. Here at Pelican Carrying we have been in the business of transporting your white goods along with other furniture and many more items for over 60 years. We serve all areas of Sydney, Newcastle and the Central Coast and offer extremely competitive rates on top of exceptional levels of service. Contact us today for a no-obligation quote for all your courier and transport needs!

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