If your mover’s service does not include appliance disconnect and reconnect or you’re moving yourself, here are some tips that can help.
Before prepping any appliance, read the manual for any specific or individual instructions. The following are general rules that apply to washers.
First unplug the unit. Turn the water off at the source. Disconnect the hot and cold hoses from the machine marking each with masking tape on both ends. Disconnect hoses from source and place inside the drum. Tape the cord to the back of the washer to protect the plug. If knobs are removable, take them off and place them in a bag and place the bag in the drum.
For top load washers, a y shaped foam agitator stabilizer can be purchased at most moving supply locations or appliance stores to prevent the drum from shifting and being damaged in shipping. For newer front load washers there are usually screws in the back of the appliance that can be tightened to secure the drum. Always ship the item on its feet wrapped securely in a moving pad. It’s advisable to use an appliance dolly with a strap to hold the washer tightly.
Unwrap pads from washer. Take out hoses and knobs from drum. Reinstall the knobs. Place washer where it will be permanently and adjust screw in feet so washer sits flat and level. Reattach hoses to the source at the wall making sure the H and C markings are followed. Reattach hoses at washer, again, making sure hot goes to hot and cold to cold. Turn on water at source and check for leaks. Then plug the unit in and the machine and is ready for use.
These tips can help with disconnection, moving, and reconnection of your washing machines.