Office Moving Packing Tips

Office Moving Packing Tips

Move Central’s office moving packing tips have been compiled by our experts to help you achieve a stress-free office moving experience. We know that moving an entire office can become an overwhelming process, especially without a good plan. Follow these simple office moving tips to help your office relocation in San Diego go smoothly. It is important to know that many offices and working industries are different and  may required you to pack other items for your specific situation such as industry-specific equipment or specialty items. If you are unsure of how to move specific items contact one of our moving specialists to help tailor a office moving plan for your specific needs.

Office Moving Packing Tips:

Office Supplies: In the boxes provided, place all non-breakable, non-crushable office supplies owned by the company including items in and on your desk, books, and items in storage cabinets and on shelves.
Personal Items: Any items that you own personally should be packed separately and taken with you.
Crushable Items: Items like computers, desktop calculators, or crushable items like desktop planners will need to be wrapped with packing paper or bubble wrap, packed separately, and labeled fragile so care can be taken in moving them.
Large Items: Oversized items like desks, file cabinets (oftentimes with files intact), or credenzas will be wrapped and moved by our professional office furniture movers.
Move Central, the premiere office moving company for San Diego and beyond, is here for all of your office moving needs. Call your Move Central Office Moving Expert today to get a free quote.

Professional Mover’s Two Month Moving Guide

Follow our Professional Mover’s Two Month Moving Guide because so one knows better than San Diego moving company, Move Central, Inc., just how much work and planning goes into making a move go smoothly. The good news is that moving doesn’t have to be a daunting task, as long as you have a good plan.

At Move Central, our number one goal is to make your move easier. That is why we have taken all of the guesswork out of moving by creating a fool-proof two-month moving plan, just for you!

Eight Weeks Before The Move – Get Your FREE In-home Estimate

  • Contact your San Diego local moving company, Move Central, to reserve your in-home estimate, where a representative will look at the possessions you want moved and quote a price for moving them.
  • If your employer is paying for your move, be sure to check their policy to find out what moving services they pay for.
  • Determine whether you will pack your items or have us do it for you.
  • Be sure that you show the moving company representative all items that require moving, as additional items will increase the amount of the final bill, whether you have a binding or non-binding estimate.
  • Review the “Your Rights and Responsibilities” brochure that the moving company will provide you, so that you know what your moving company’s liability is and what is required of you when moving.
  • If you have any questions, our San Diego moving service can answer them during the in-home visit or at any time before your move. We want to make sure that you are fully informed and comfortable with our services when you choose us as your moving team.

Seven Weeks Before The Move – Reserve Your Moving Date

  • Take the time to read through and understand your estimate and any other information provided to you at the time of the estimate. When you are ready, sign your estimate and your order for service. If you have any questions, our San Diego moving company is here to answer them at any time.
  • Reserve your moving date and confirm the services you will need for your move.
  • If you need any extra help or tips for your move, please feel free to contact Move Central or your personal moving coordinator at any time.

Six Weeks Before The Move – Change Your Address

  • First, have your mail forwarded to your new address by filling out the change of address form at or your local post office.
  • Then contact any business that needs your new address like the bank, insurance company, or credit card company, as well as any company you hold subscriptions through.
  • You might also want to contact your doctor, lawyer, accountant, or other professionals you do business with and give them your new address.

Five Weeks Before The Move – Decide What To Keep And What Should Go

  • Take one room at a time and get rid of anything that you no longer want or need.
  • Get ready and have a big yard sale to get rid of your excess stuff, or have a local charity come pick up items that will not be making the move with you. If you do donate your items, get a receipt showing the amount of your contribution, which may be able to be used as a tax deduction.

Four Weeks Before The Move – Update The Moving Company

  • If some of the items the moving company representative added into your list for the estimate are no longer in your possession or you have thought of new items that have not been added, you should let your representative know so they can update the expected price of your move.
  • Give your agent the address of your new home if you did not already, and make sure they have all phone numbers so they can contact you if needed.
  • Inform the representative if your move will include any additional stops to collect or drop off items that have not been discussed previously.
  • If you are having your vehicle moved, get ready to drop it off at the required destination. You should also be ready to claim it once it reaches your new location.

Three Weeks Before The Move – Say Your Farewells & Make Travel Plans

  • Spend some time visiting your favorite places around the area that you likely won’t be visiting for a while.
  • Throw a special farewell party for your kids.
  • Have a simple dinner or cookout with your friends and co-workers.
  • Get your travel plans made, book any necessary hotels and purchase tickets for air travel.
  • Have your vehicle serviced if you will be driving it. Have the oil changed if needed, and have the tires, belts, breaks, and fluids checked and fixed, if needed.
  • If traveling by plane, reserve your tickets and arrange any transportation to and from the airport, if needed.
  • Plan ahead for what you might need during your travels or the first night at your new location. Place them in a separate bag or box so they don’t get packed onto the moving truck.
  • If you will be doing your own packing, you should start doing a little packing each day. Begin with items that you don’t frequently use or things that are unnecessary for day-to-day living. Doing a little at a time will make your move seem much easier.
  • See our other articles on how to pack and how to move special items to create a clear plan of attack.
  • Get rid of flammable or explosive items that are too dangerous to move and are not allowed on the moving truck such as pyrotechnics, household cleaners, fire starting products, acid, chemistry kits, pressurized spray cans, ammo, oil, gasoline, bleach, paint, solvents, and poisons like pesticides and weed killers. This includes emptying any fuel-powered machinery of its fuel and getting rid of propane or butane tanks for grills, etc. For a full list of items that are not allowed on the moving truck, please see our article here.
  • Contact an appliance technician to disconnect and ready your appliances for moving. If you would prefer, our San Diego moving company can arrange a trustworthy third-party company to handle this for you.
  • Contact all utility companies and give them a shut-off date. Remember, it is good to keep your utilities on until after you move, as lights, air conditioning, running water, and even Internet service can come in handy on moving day.
  • Get room-sized rugs and curtains cleaned if they are moving with you, and place them to the side, leaving them in the packaging the cleaners put them in.
  • Have any valuable antiques appraised and keep a copy of the written appraisal. You should clean your antiques before moving them to keep them from getting scratched, but do not wax or oil wooden pieces as these products can make the finishes soft, and they could be damaged by the furniture pads during the move.
  • Don’t steam clean upholstery prior to the move. It can retain moisture that would cause molding or damage during the move or while it is in storage. If you need more help, read our article on how to move antiques.

Two Weeks Before The Move – Take Care Of Your Pet And Tie Up Loose Ends

  • Have plans for the transport of your pets. They should have everything they need to travel, reservations for their flight if going by airplane, and any boarding arrangements made.
  • Make sure that your pet has any required vaccinations for traveling across state lines, boarding, or flying.
  • Get items left at the cleaners, in storage, or at a friend’s house.
  • Remove any items from lockers at work, the gym, or the bowling alley.
  • Return library books or anything else that has been borrowed or rented.
  • Try to think if you have forgotten anything important that needs to be taken care of.
  • Finish up the rest of your packing and clean out anything that will not be moving with you.
  • Make sure your moving representative has all of the information they need about your moving plan.

One Week Before The Move – Get Appliances Ready To Move

  • Have the appliance technician get any appliances that are moving ready to go.
  • Have any special equipment serviced before your movers get to your home. Our movers in San Diego can answer any question you may have about this prior to moving day.

One Day Before The Move – Final Details

  • Make sure that fragile items or items that need special care are clearly marked, as well as items that are not moving with you.
  • Mark boxes containing special items that you will need immediately upon your arrival at your new location, such as electronic equipment or valuable items.
  • Have all boxes packed and prepared for the move. Our San Diego moving company will check the boxes to ensure they are safely packed.
  • If our San Diego full service moving company is doing the packing for you, have similar items grouped together for easy packing.
  • Unplug all of your electronics at least one full day before your move is scheduled to allow them to cool to room temperature. This includes laptops, gaming systems, sound systems, etc., and applies to any electronic, with the exception of plasma TVs.

The Day Of Your Move

  • You will want to be at your home to make sure everything gets loaded. Do a final walkthrough of your home once the van has been loaded and check to see that everything has been taken. Sign your inventory sheet and keep your copy in an easy to reach, safe place.
  • Remember to ask us if you have any questions, want to make sure the plan is followed, or need to make last-minute changes to the plan.
  • Fill out a High-Value Inventory Form if you have items of high value going on the moving truck.
  • Get your bill of lading, which serves as your receipt for the move and informs you of the terms of your move.
  • Make sure the moving truck driver knows the delivery address, and give him/her any contact information so you can be contacted if needed.
  • After the movers have packed all of your items, take a final walkthrough to see that the water is turned off, any heat or air is turned off, lights are off, everything is locked, and you have left behind the keys to that home.
  • Make sure you have also contacted the utility companies to order disconnect service and that you have not left anything behind.

Upon Delivery

  • When our San Diego moving service reaches your new home, you should be there to check your delivery. If you can’t, have another authorized adult check your delivery, sign for receipt, and make the final payment on your behalf.
  • At the predetermined delivery time, the movers will call you and come by your new location if they cannot get in touch with you by phone. You have two hours of free waiting time, after which you can ask for more if you or another authorized person can’t be there to take delivery.
  • Check all items against your inventory sheet as they come off the truck. If there is any damage or missing inventory, mark it on the sheet. When you have completed it, sign it, saying that you have received the items in the condition noted.
  • You can direct where your furniture will go as it is unloaded. If you want mattresses set up or appliances installed, these things can be done for you at an additional charge.
  • Put a mock-up of the general layout of your home next to the front door, so movers can easily see where your belongings should be placed.
  • Keep copies of your moving receipts, as you might need them when filing your taxes.
  • Let recently-moved electronic equipment and appliances sit unplugged for 24 hours to warm or cool to your home’s temperature.

One Week After Your Move

  • Be sure that your forwarded or held mail is now being delivered.
  • Register your automobile or get your new driver’s license if required by law.
  • It is also a good idea to check with a lawyer regarding new state laws that will affect you pertaining to wills, inheritance, taxes, property transfers, etc.

Move Central moving company, San Diego, hopes that this guide will help make your next move easier. Remember, if you need any additional help or have questions about moving specifics, we are always here to help.


Mover’s Tips for Packing Books

In this article, our San Diego movers will give you the best Mover’s tips for packing books, on deciding which books make the move, as well as how to pack them safely.  Our San Diego moving company, Move Central, Inc., knows how much you love your books, but moving books can be hard work, as well as costly so follow these tips to ensure a safe move for your beloved books.

Cull Your Collection

The first thing you need to know about moving books is that they are heavy. Though they are usually low in value, the sheer weight of books makes them more expensive to move than many other household items. We suggest that you take a hard look at your book collection and decide which ones you can’t live without, then give away or donate the rest.

Pack Them Securely

Once you know which books will make the move, get durable, medium-size boxes to place them in. Avoid large boxes, as they can become heavy and unwieldy quickly when packed with books. Place similarly-sized books in the same box with the spines facing down, as packing with the spines facing up may cause damage to the bindings, as well as creasing or crumpling of the pages.

Use Special Care For Special Books

If you have books that are rare, of high value, or are irreplaceable (like photo albums), you should wrap each one individually to ensure that it won’t become scratched or damaged during the move. Also separate each book using a piece of cardboard to keep the spines straight, and then pack them securely as described above.

Move Central movers, San Diego, hope these tips will help you move your books safely and easily. If you need any more help, contact us at any time.

Packing Food & Perishables

Packing Food & Perishables

It is essential to check with your San Diego moving company to make sure that food and other potentially perishable items are allowed for transport. There are also municipal and national regulations and restrictions pertaining to items that are allowed to cross state lines.

Please be mindful that perishable items can attract vermin and similar pests that could cause damage your belongings. Consult with your San Diego moving company Coordinator about the best ways to safely move those perishable items you deem necessary to accompany you.


Frozen Goods

Frozen goods are often subject to transportation restrictions, so it is essential to communicate with your San Diego movers about items that are allowed and those that require special handling.

For short distances, a well-iced cooler or one equipped with dry ice is typically permissible. However, there are specific instances—particularly if you are moving 150+ miles—where third-party services can be utilized to transport frozen foods. These companies offer refrigerated trucks that will deliver your goods directly to a local cold storage facility for your pick-up once relocation is complete. Consult with your San Diego mover to find recommended cold goods companies to assist.


Canned Goods

While most canned goods are secure and safe for long-distance transport, keep in mind that their weight stacks up quickly, potentially adding cost to your overall move. Your moving company in San Diego will advise you about potential costs based on the weight on boxes in which you pack canned goods.

It is typically our recommendation that the replacement cost of so many cans of soup is less than the additional price of packing and transporting.


Dry Goods

Such items as rice, pasta, cake mixes, flour & sugar, and cereals—while not necessarily heavy—can also attract unwanted pests. All such Dry Goods should be sealed with strong tape. Likewise, smaller jars and shakers containing condiments, flavorings, herbs & spices should all be sealed and packed together in small boxes, then added with protective tape to larger containers.



Many San Diego moving services not only recommend that plants be left with family and friends, but there are state and municipal regulations—as well as U.S. Department of Agriculture mandates—barring their transport in many instances. At the least, it is commonplace that your moving company will ask you to sign a waiver stating that they are not responsible for any potential damage to plants.

Tips for Packing Soft Goods

San Diego moving company, Move Central, Inc., knows that packing your soft goods such as towels, blankets, sheets, table cloths and mattresses may seem like an easy task. But what you may not realize is that you need to pay extra attention to keep these items from mold and insects. Today we will show you the tips for packing soft goods and exactly how our professional movers in San Diego do it, so your move won’t seem like such a chore.

Packing Mattresses & Linens

Mold and insects are your biggest worries when packing natural linens. We suggest folding linens, bedding and pillows neatly and then placing them into plastic bags. For added protection from cuts and tears, line a box with paper and pack the bags inside it.

For more difficult items like mattresses, specialty boxes and plastic can be purchased for maximum protection.

Packing Drapes

Drapery and curtains can be folded long-way and pinned to a padded hanger. You can then place them inside a wardrobe box, and they will be free of wrinkles and ready to hang at your new home.

Alternately, you can just iron them, fold them, and place them in plastic bags, treating them the same as your bedding and linens.


Vacuum and clean area rugs before rolling them up and putting plastic around them for extra protection. If you’ve had them cleaned professionally, you can leave them rolled up.

Using these practical tips, your soft goods will make it to your new home clean and bug-free. If you need any of the moving supplies we mentioned in this article, our San Diego full service moving company, Move Central, Inc., has everything you need. And we are always here to help make your move better!




Tips for Packing Shoes

Your shoe collection may represent a pretty big investment in your wardrobe, and you don’t want to arrive at your new home to find your shoes crushed or disfigured, so throwing them in a box and calling it done is not an option. San Diego local moving company, Move Central, Inc. wants to help you pack your shoes the right way! Read on to find out our professional mover’s tips for packing shoes for a move.

Prevent Mold

As odd as it may sound, shoes can hold moisture, and they can mold when packed up in a moving box, if this issue is not addressed. To avoid this problem, let shoes that have been sweaty or wet air out several days before packing them. You may also put cornstarch or baby powder inside your shoes to soak up extra moisture.

Protect Shoes From Scuffing

Shoes that have a polished, smooth finish are at risk of scuffing during a move. The best way to prevent this type of damage is to wrap shoes individually and then together in pairs and put them in their original boxes. These individual shoe boxes can then be packed into a larger moving box.

To save you time, you can alternately use an over-the-door shoe organizer. Put the shoes in the organizer and roll it up carefully so shoes are not crushed, but are held securely.

Whether you are moving in San Diego, or anywhere else in the country, San Diego moving service, Move Central, Inc., hopes this tip will make packing your shoes a breeze!


5 Tips for Packing Clothing for a Move

Are you moving in San Diego, and you want to make sure your clothes make it to your new home in good condition?

At San Diego moving company, Move Central, Inc., we know that using the wrong packing methods can lead to your clothing, accessories, and shoes getting crushed, wrinkled, damaged, torn, dirty, dusty, or misshapen.  Here are our 5 Tips for packing clothing for a move:

Today, we are going to give you the techniques and tips we use at our San Diego moving company to keep our clients’ clothing in the same condition in which it left their home, so they have one less thing to worry about during, and after, their move.

Tip 1: Utilize A Portable Closet

Did you know that there is actually a moving box made for moving clothing? It is called a wardrobe box, and it is like a regular moving box, except it comes complete with a built-in clothes rod, so you can simply move your hanging clothes from one closet to the next.

Because they will be hanging vertically for the entire trip, your clothes will still be clean and unwrinkled when you reach your new home, and if you don’t have time to unpack them right away, you will be able to wear them straight out of the box, without frustration or hunting.

Tip 2: Leave Folded Clothing Folded

The clothes you normally keep folded can be left folded and put directly into a box or your suitcase. Just be sure that you use a box that allows you to put the clothes in without having to crumple them, and when you get to your new home, they will still be in good shape. Some lightweight clothing, like socks and underwear, can be left in your dresser drawers during the move.

Tip 3: Stuff Hats To Help Them Keep Their Shape

If you do not have hat boxes for your hats, simply crumple clean paper or tissue paper and place it inside your hats to help them keep their shape. Then wrap the outside of each hat to keep it clean. The hats can then be placed inside a moving box, from heaviest to lightest.

Tip 4: Separate Your Shoes

Shoeboxes are ideal for moving your shoes. If you have your original boxes, simply wrap each shoe with tissue paper, and then wrap the pair together. The shoeboxes can be placed into a larger box for transport, just be sure to put heavier pairs on the bottom.

Tip 5: Take Care Of Special Fabrics

Certain fabrics, like leather and fur should not be packed into boxes or the moving van, as the extreme temperatures or moisture that may be present could affect them negatively. It is suggested that you keep them in the bags you normally store them in and move them inside your vehicle if possible.

Now you know the secrets to moving your clothing to keep it in good condition. If you need any other help moving in San Diego or you would like to purchase specialty moving boxes like the wardrobe box mentioned above, we have everything you need at Move Central, Inc. to make your move easier.


Packing Supply Checklist

Our San Diego local moving service knows from experience that having the right packing supplies can make your move much easier and worry-free. In our Packing Supply Checklist we share our San Diego Movers’ favorite packing supplies and tell you how we use them to make moving a breeze.  When you have everything on hand that you need for your move, you can pack things quickly and safely, and you can be at peace knowing that your favorite items will reach your new home in one piece.

Small-Sized Boxes – The smallest sized boxes are great for items that need to be packed separately because they are either easily breakable or very heavy.

Medium-Sized Boxes – Medium-sized boxes are very frequently used when moving, and you will want to have many of these on hand when packing. They are just the right size for packing most small items in the house. They can be used with dish packing and glass packing inserts that keep breakable dishware separate and secure.

Large-Sized Boxes – Large-sized boxes can be used for larger, medium weight items like throw pillows, stuffed animals, and clothing. You don’t want to weigh them down with a lot of heavy items, as they will be hard to carry and move.

Extra-Large-Sized Boxes – Large-sized boxes should be used for large, but lightweight items like pillows, blankets, and clothes.

Electronics Boxes – These boxes are made specifically to accommodate your electronics like blue ray players, laptops, and game players.

Heavy Duty Boxes – For items that need a little more protection, such as electronics, appliances, and collectibles, these boxes, with thick, reinforced walls, are perfect.

Wardrobe Boxes – Wardrobe boxes come complete with a clothes rod. This allows you to take hanging clothes out of your closet and hang them directly into the box, so they don’t get wrinkled or require folding. They also come in a variety of heights for different sized clothes.

Newsprint – Clean newsprint paper is perfect for wrapping fragile items before packing them. Use this instead of used newspapers to keep your items clean and free from ink stains.

Glass Packing Kit – Glass packing kits are specially made to protect glasses, vases, bottles, and crystal items. Some have foam in them to further protect your fragile items.

Dish Packing Kit – Dish packing kits are specially made to separate fragile dishes, plates, and bowls. Some have foam in them to further protect your fragile items.

Bubble Wrap – Not just fun for popping, a big roll of bubble wrap can be used to wrap glass or other easily breakable items. It can also be used to stuff in empty spots in boxes to keep items from shifting.

Markers – Permanent markers are great for writing on boxes to tell the movers which rooms boxes go in and let them know if the boxes contain fragile items or require a certain orientation when transporting.

Packing Tape Gun – Packing tape is a must, but a packing tape gun will make closing boxes easier and less frustrating. Your tape will not get stuck to itself, and you will never have to search for the tape seam.

Additional Tape– Everything comes to a halt when you run out of tape, so you will want to be sure you have a few rolls for packing.

Utility Knife – Also known as a box cutter, this sharp little knife is great for unpacking boxes, and you can lower the blade, so you can keep it in your pocket safely when not in use.

And remember, whether you are using Move Central moving company in San Diego for your move or not, you can always purchase the moving supplies you need from us when moving in San Diego. It is our goal to always be here for you for all of your moving needs.


Mover’s Tips For Safely Moving Electronics

Here  are Move Central’s mover’s tips for safely moving electronics because we know how much you love and need your electronics. We also know that moving them can seem like a daunting task, especially when you consider all of the valuable files, photos, work, and personal data you may have stored on electronics like computers, laptops, and tablets.

The good news is that all you need to move your electronics safely from one home to the next is a little extra planning and the right moving supplies. In this article, we will give you the tips we give our clients to help them move their electronics without heartache or irreplaceable loss.

Tip 1: Get An Estimate Of Your Equipment’s Value

Before moving, it is a good idea to put together an estimate of the value of your electronic equipment. This will include your computer, tablets, printers, monitors, laptops, and any other electronic of value. If you can’t remember how much something cost at the time of purchase, you can research the current retail value of similar items. Then, to make an accurate estimate on your items’ current values, consider their age and condition. This will help you get the right amount of insurance from your mover, and San Diego movers, Move Central, Inc. always offer full-value insurance that covers damage or loss.

Tip 2: Pack It Up Tightly

If you want to pack your electronics yourself, and you have the original box your computer or other electronics came in, that is the best way to pack it up for a move, using whatever packing material you still have. However, our San Diego full service moving company is highly-qualified to pack your equipment correctly and securely for you.

If you don’t have the original box or packing material, simply use a durable box that will allow for you to place your equipment snuggly inside once you have wrapped it with bubble wrap. If there are any spaces that allow your electronic item to move around once packed, you can crumple up newspaper (unprinted is recommended) to stuff in the extra spaces. You can purchase all of the supplies you need to pack your electronics safely from our San Diego local moving company.

Tip 3: Watch Out For The Weather

Your electronics can be affected by extreme temperatures. In hot weather, items can become warped. In cold weather, condensation can occur. As either of these can render your electronics useless, we recommend that you back up any important files to an external hard drive or to the cloud before moving. If you choose a physical hard drive, pack it somewhere it won’t be damaged by the temperature, like your necessity box.

Printers, in specific, can also be affected by heat. If you are moving in hot weather, our San Diego movers recommend that you take the toner and ink out of your printer and carry them with you.

You may also check the owner’s manual to see if any other special instructions apply when moving your printer or other electronics.

Tip 4: Check Your Items At Delivery

Because electronics can be affected by so many factors, our moving company in San Diego recommends checking them and marking them as delivered once they arrive at your new home and then letting them acclimate to the temperature in your home before using them.

If you find any loss or damage, immediately notify your moving company for assistance.

Move Central, Inc., Your San Diego moving service, wishes you a fantastic move!


Three Steps for Moving Refrigerators and Freezers

San Diego Movers, Move Central, Inc., wants to remind you that your refrigerator and freezer require special treatment when moving them, as movement, rapidly changing temperatures, and shortage of air can all negatively affect these appliances during transport. Taking just a few precautions and preparing your refrigerator and/ or freezer before the move will help protect them, so they will be set for use at your new home.  Here are three steps for moving refrigerators and freezers safely and effectively.

#1 Clean It

Before wrapping it up and putting it on the moving truck, your fridge/freezer will need a good cleaning. Empty all perishable food items from inside your appliance and unplug it. Then remove all frost, ice, or moisture from the interior. Once defrosted (if needed), clean the outside of the fridge with a cloth and mild cleaner or soap. Take out all shelving and pull-out compartments and rinse with warm water, wiping with a soft cloth where needed. Once cleaned, leave open for 24 hours to air dry or dry thoroughly with a clean towel if time is an issue.

#2 Prepare It For Moving

There are many breakable parts inside your refrigerator, so you will need to secure them properly for moving. Plastic drawers can be left in the refrigerator and taped shut so they do not slide during moving. Glass shelving will need to be taken out, wrapped, and packed into a box to prevent breakage. Wrap the doors with a string or plastic wrap or tape them shut so they remain closed during the move.

#3 Have It Serviced

If you would like to have your appliances serviced and disconnected by a professional before moving them, our San Diego full service moving company can arrange this for you. We will use a third-party company that we know and trust, and we will simply add the charge to your final bill.

If you choose this option, you will need to prepare your fridge/freezer by taking off the back cover and vacuuming the condenser/compressor, emptying the evaporator pan, and drying any moisture before putting the cover back on the unit.

If you have a water or ice dispenser, disconnect the water line (closing the water valve off at the back first if possible) and empty out any remaining water by holding down the water dispenser lever.

If you have an older refrigerator, the motor or compressor may need to be bolted down, but most current models do not need this done.

Once your refrigerator arrives at your new location, you should leave it to sit, unused, for at least 24 hours so the oil in the compressor can settle. If this is not done, damage can occur.

After 24 hours, plug in your refrigerator and connect the water (if applicable). Be sure to dump the first few batches of ice and several glasses of water to ensure that any contaminants have been washed from the line.
Other Important Info

Move Central Movers, San Diego, has a few restrictions applying to large appliances that require high voltage connections or gas hook-ups. Our movers cannot disconnect or reinstall these types of appliances for you, and you will need to have a certified technician to handle this for you.

If needed, our San Diego moving service would be happy to arrange a technician for the purpose of servicing these appliances for you on, or prior to, your moving day. We will use a technician from a third-party company we know and trust and will conveniently add the charge for this work to your final bill.

Our San Diego movers cannot do the following:

  • Disconnection or reconnection of any large household appliance
  • Utility cut off
  • Appliance repair
  • Removal or installation of air conditioners, antennas, or satellite dishes
  • Electrical work, plumbing, carpentry, or repair service

If you think that any of these services may be needed, please ask us about how our third-party appliance technicians can handle all of your appliance removal, installation, and service needs. As one of the few moving companies San Diego loves and trusts, we will always work with you to make your move as easy as possible.



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