Your home appliances are some of your investments and in some cases, the biggest in your household. You need to figure out what to do with your appliances before your moving day, whether it is a microwave oven, a washing machine, a refrigerator, or a dishwasher.
You may not be able to move some of these items into your new house because of their weight and sizes. And since a lot of moving companies calculate your charge based on the volume and weight of your shipment, moving your large appliances might cost even more than their worth.
Which one is better between moving and replacing Appliances?
Below are some questions to answer yourself before you can decide whether to move or replace your appliances.
Is moving my appliances worth it?
Selling your appliances may not be relevant if your condo or townhouse is up for sale. Your appliances are probably part of the ‘as is’ clause in your sales agreement, and ‘as is’ implies that you leave everything in place unless not in the agreement.
If you own an in-unit washer and dryer, for instance, moving it may be an option, but be sure you have it stated clearly in the sales contract that it is not added in the selling price, or you may be required to move the item back into the house, or worse, face legal action.
If you own a single-family home, be sure to negotiate for appliance inclusion in the selling price and also make sure you, as the buyer, know the inclusions and exclusions and have them in writing.
What is its weight and size?
For a DIY move, check whether you will be able to relocate an appliance at all. If you choose to move it, be sure to have the right dolly and properly secure it to prevent your item from damage.
Appliances may be the largest and heaviest items in your home, so if you plan to move them with you, we suggest you contact a professional mover to do the work for you.
How old is your appliance?
If you plan to move your appliance, find out how long you’ve been using it, and decide if it is worth moving to another home with you. A 15 years old washer is better left and purchased a newer model for the new home than to spend lots of money moving it.
Modern appliances are more efficient than older models and are often covered by extensive warranties. You surely want to avoid having to repair your broken appliances shortly after you relocate to a new home.
Will the appliances fit in your new home?
If you are moving from a larger home to a smaller one, then your refrigerator may not fit right in it. Be sure to take measurements of all dimensions where you plan to position your appliances. Note the dimensions, and then measure your current home appliances. Leave enough room around your household appliances for adequate ventilation and heat dispersal.
Making a Decision on the Option to choose
When planning to move, you must decide on what to do with your appliances (move or sell them). Below are some of the consideration to guide you, as well as the benefits and limitations of each option.
Take Inventory of your Home Appliances
Appliances like wine chillers, laundry machines, unmounted microwaves, and others often blend into the house after several years. So what appliances do you own? Which are the ones you regularly use and are in good condition? How sentimentally attached are they to you? This step may give you more clarity in making decisions sideways. Note that this doesn’t have to lead to moving all, you can move some appliances and sell the rest.
In the case of house sale, you need not worry about deciding what to do with items like dishwashers, heating/cooling systems, as well as stoves/oven as they are often added with a home when sold.
Pros and Cons of Moving your Appliances
Your best option might be to have your movers pack up and transport your household appliances, so below are the factors to note when considering this choice.
- You’ve once experienced the process of choosing and buying the appliance, so moving it with you means that you only need to install it when you reach your destination. This is very true of a specialized or custom item of any kind.
- If the home appliances are not included in the house when you entered, you will have to move your appliances with you to avoid not having those important items when you move-in. To be honest, you essentially need a toaster oven, a microwave, or other items in the first few weeks in the new home.
- If you have appliances that hold sentimental value or story, such as the pictures drawn by your kids using a permanent marker, they will help you feel much at home in your new home. Move them with you.
- If you don’t want to part with your fridge yet and choose to move it with you, be ready to pack additional load and weight.
- Transporting appliances across the nation is just so expensive so that you may save some money in the process. They consume a lot of space and are tough to maneuver from the lot, which makes your overall moving cost higher.
- You may need to perform some home renovation task before your old appliances can fit into your new home. Ovens, washing machines, refrigerators, and dryers are bulky and may not be a perfect fit in your new home without modification.
Pros and Cons of selling your Appliances
Regardless of where you decide to sell your appliances, below are a few things to consider while finding out what to do with your appliances when moving:
- You could save a lot of money from your moving expenses by selling them before your move since moving your large appliances is usually tricky.
- Selling your appliances might be your best chance at upgrading to the latest after moving into the new home.
- The sale of your appliances may bring you more money if the new occupant chooses to keep your fitted appliance in the home you are leaving, or parts of the home have been specially constructed to fit a special item.
- You can easily sell appliances through special apps for selling items.
- Buying new appliances, especially bulky items, such as washing machines, can be an expensive task that increases the already-costly moving price.
- Going out to shop for appliances immediately you are in your new home can make you feel overwhelmed and time-demanding, and may not even be the first task on your list when you still have to go round the city for exploration.
- If the new occupant is not interested in having the appliances added in the home lease price or is not ready to increase their offer, then you will have to remove the appliances and find another way to sell them. This consumes a lot of your time and energy.
Begin to get everything right before your move to avoid making a last-minute decision. Making a hasty choice about appliances can cause many years of frustration. If you are buying new appliances, also pay for a delivery, so you don’t concern yourself about one other thing during your move.
If you still need more information to decide whether to sell or move your appliances, request for the difference between the two options in your quote from your professional interstate movers. This can help you make a cost-effective decision for your appliance move.