Thursday, July 24, 2014

Storing Large Appliances

There are way too many things in this world that aren’t made to easily be placed just anywhere in a home.  Take for instance, a bathtub.  This particular large item isn’t going to go downstairs in the basement or upstairs to an attic temporarily only to be pulled out at a later date to be utilized.  It is an off the truck, out of the box, to where it will stay item for sure.  If you’re lucky it will be part of the buying package that the delivery men will place it in the bathroom where it will remain for its lifetime.

With some appliances and large household items, the lines are not so defined.

For example:  If you’re going to move and you have a relatively new refrigerator, but your new place comes furnished with a better refrigerator or its custom made to fit the kitchen, you can’t afford to just discard the first refrigerator.  There needs to be a plan of action.  A relative or someone you know may need one down the road, you may be able to sell it via an internet site, a classified ad, etc.  There are a number of things that can be done, but there isn’t always time and you need somewhere to put it now.  Instead of moving such a large item into your new homes basement or garage, you should consider self-storage.

Here at Storage Station Self Storage, 1021 Dolsontown Rd., Middletown, NY, 10940, we strive to give our customers exceptional customer service when life happens in an instant.  Planning a move is hectic enough, when things don’t go according to plan we’re always here to help.  You can visit our website at , come see us in person or call us at 845-360-2093.

We can help you solve the space issues that can’t be forseen.  Here are a few tips of how to go about storing other large household items that we feel work although how you decide to do it may be different.

A refrigerator going in to self-storage needs to be emptied and cleaned thoroughly.  Defrost the freezer, turn the ice maker off, be sure any water is emptied from hoses and tanks.  Clean the drawers and shelving and remove them .  The shelves and drawers should be stored and moved in a separate and labeled box of their own.  All water should be dried before closing and taping the refrigerator doors shut. Taping the doors makes moving easier.

A dryer that is gas supplied, should be disconnected by a licensed plumber.  Make sure the inside of the dryer is wiped down and the lint filter is cleaned thoroughly.  If you put towels, rags or other crush-able material around the dryer drum, this will prevent the drum from spinning and the appliance to stay balanced while the dryer is being moved.

A washing machine can be cleaned by running a normal hot water wash cycle with some bleach added to the water.  Let the washer sit with the door open to dry out completely.  Be sure the water supply is off, empty and dry the supply and drain hoses.  The tub of the washing machine can also be immobilized for easier moving with towels, rags, etc.

A dishwasher can also be cleaned by running a normal wash cycle with baking soda in both detergent spaces.  After the water is done filling the machine, add some bleach to the water and let the cycle run through.  After letting it sit with the door open to dry, make sure the appliance is free of any food particles by cleaning the interior and exterior surfaces thoroughly.  Disconnect the water supply and allow all hoses to dry out.

The plugs, coiling, wiring, hoses, etc., should all be wrapped up and taped securely to the inside or outside of the appliances, keeping them out from under foot as they’re moved.  Many of the appliances will have dust on them, so a good vacuuming would be advised before any washing makes more of a mess.

If they are not in the box they came in, make sure any drawers or doors are taped securely to avoid any mishaps while they’re being transported.  Your appliances should be wrapped in old blankets and taped as well for extra protection.  If at all possible, have the equipment set up in a way that it isn’t a welcoming home to any critters.

Make sure to keep the owner manuals and instructions for large appliances in a clearly labeled box to be found when the need for them arrives.

In the years of growing up in a large family household, I remember always watching in delight as my Dad would tear through a delivered box, heaving blocks of Styrofoam , air filled plastic bubbles and cardboard to get to the large purchased prize inside.  Always at the top of the heap of discarded innards would be the plastic bag with the words, “Instructions” or “Owner’s Manual”, clearly marked on it.  Mom would pick it up and try to hand it back to him, but that would be met with the classic Dad response of, “I don’t need that, I know what I’m doing!”  That was a different age then.  Dad’s didn’t use manuals or instructions, and certainly not in front of their children.

Sometimes everything would come together without a hitch.  All of the pieces that came in their sealed plastic envelopes would be used.  Many times there were extra nuts and bolts that my Dad would say were put in the box, “just in case”.  In case what?  We never would get any further information on such a case.

My Dad didn’t have the options that are available today.  It gives me a sense of comfort knowing that Storage Station of Middletown is right down the road for me if I need them.  It’s one less stress I have to worry about.  The staff is always professional and helpful and the leases run on a month to month basis so I’m not stuck in any long term contract.

I’ve used Storage Station of Middletown before and I will always use them when I need to.

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