Whether you are using movers in your home, or renting a truck and moving yourself, there are certain steps you should take to insure that your refrigerator or freezer are moved properly and safely.
First it may sound silly, but empty the contents of the refrigerator or freezer before servicing or prepping. To prep your appliance for moving, make sure to unplug the appliance and allow it to dry out for at least 24 hours with the door open. If the refrigerator has a water line connected for an ice maker or water dispenser, turn off the valve at the source and disconnect it from the appliance. Empty the water reservoir if applicable. Remove and wipe down shelves, racks, and removable parts with a household cleaner and pack these in a box. Wipe down the inside walls and non removable parts. Once the unit is empty, a mildew odor preventer should be placed inside the appliance. These can be purchased at appliance or hardware stores. If door handles can be removed, take them off and pack with other internal removable parts. This will prevent any potential damage during shipping. When moving the piece, place a piece of masonite (floor protection) on the floor to protect flooring for scratches or tears in front of the appliance. Wrap the appliance with moving pads and transport on an appliance dolly with a strap. When shipping, do not tip appliance on its side, always handle as upright as possible.
Place the same piece of masonite on the floor in front of where the appliance will be situated. Unwrap and roll straight back into the location leaving enough room to reconnect water line (if applicable). Copper or plastic tubing and shut off valve can be purchased from an appliance or hardware store to reconnect the water line. All handles or removable parts should be reinstalled and the piece rolled into place. Allow 24 hours before plugging back in the unit.