A Complete Guide to Move A Washing Machine

Keep your washing machine safe when moving with our step by step guide on disconnecting and safely transporting washers.
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A Complete Guide to Move A Washing Machine
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Getting ready to move to a new place can be really overwhelming, and there are a lot of different things that you need to sort out to make it a reality.

You may be asking questions like “How much do movers cost?” and “How long is it going to take to get my move sorted out?” You are looking at every angle and trying to work out the details in a manner that makes sense for you, your family, your schedule, and your budget.

But, there are some specifics that you may be looking to sort out if you’re trying to move on your own. What sorts of things do you need to keep an eye on and how can you make the process go a little simpler in the long run? Here are some recommendations that we feel can make a difference in the process.

How Do You Move a Front Load Washer?

You need to be very careful when you move a front-loading washer because that door could end up causing you problems if you don’t do things correctly and safely.

Curious about your best methods for moving a front load washer with the help of your family and/or friends? Then, here’s a step by step that you can utilize in order to make the process go a little more smoothly.

  1. Unplug your washer and then carefully loosen up the hoses, being aware of the water in the hoses and trying not to spill it on the floor. Try to dump the extra water into the nearest sink, bucket, tub, or toilet (depending on where your washer is located).
  2. After you completely remove the intake hoses, place them in the drum of the washing machine and shut the door, securing it tightly. Remove the drainage hose from the wall, and then secure it to the back of the machine so that it doesn’t flop around.
  3. Find the transit bolts on your door, and use a standard wrench to close them up. This will lock your door so that it doesn’t randomly open while you transport your machine.
  4. Get a dolly or other moving apparatus with wheels and slide it beneath the washer. Utilize the strap and tighten it around the washer. Use both straps and make sure it doesn’t shake around.
  5. Roll it toward an exit carefully, load it onto the truck, and you’re good to go!

You can use many of these same instructions when you’re moving a top-load washer as well, but older washers may not have the latching mechanism that front-loaders do. You want to be sure that you’re aware of that and that you’re carefully moving it.

Pro Tips

Pro Tip

Moving a top-load washer is very similar to moving a front-load machine, but you want to be sure that you keep an eye on that top lid. Typically, top load washers are heavier on the bottom than front loaders are, so you need to be even more careful when you’re trying to move it. And, as with front-loading washers, you never want to put the washer on its side.

How Do You Drain a Washing Machine for Moving?

Draining a washing machine can take a little bit of effort, but if you plan for it ahead of time (instead of trying to do it on moving day), you will find that it goes much more smoothly than it would have otherwise.

Disconnecting Hoses

The most important part of draining your washing machine is disconnecting all of the hoses. Turn off any and all of the water supplies and power supplies that go to your washing machine before you disconnect them.

There are multiple hoses on your machine – these all have different types of jobs. One is for bringing water into the machine, another is for taking dirty water out of the machine. You may have multiple hoses for these tasks, depending on your machine and how old it may be.

Don’t Spill!

While you’re carefully disconnecting your hoses, you want to be sure that you’re very careful of the water in the hoses – there’s likely to be some in there. Hold the ends of the hose upward so that you don’t end up spilling everything all over the floor.

Then, take the hose to a bucket, tub, toilet, sink, or even outside if that’s what’s closest), and just let it drain. Shake it a bit so that you get everything out and set the hose out to dry.

Draining the Drum

In some cases, you may find that there is still some water caught in the drum of the washing machine from the last time that you did laundry.

If that’s the case, then you may need to drain this as well. Every modern washing machine has a drainage filter, and they’re usually found on the bottom and in the front of your machine.

Lift your machine carefully and put it on top of bricks or something similar so that you can drain into a bucket with no problems. Tip it a little bit and then open up the drainage filter.

Unless there’s a clog, the water should come out without any sort of issues. Look inside of the drum to ensure that all of the water has escaped the machine, and then wipe down the inside.

Leave the door open so that everything can dry out properly, and your machine should be ready to go when the cross country movers arrive.

Can I Transport a New Washing Machine on its Back?

Can I Transport a New Washing Machine on its Back?

If you’re transporting a new washing machine, you may be considering your options for moving it. And, if you don’t have a dolly or other cart option available, you may be at the point where you’re considering just calling one of your friends and hauling it flat on it back. But, is it safe for you to do so? And what about moving it sideways?

You should never transport your washing machine on its back or on its side if you’re able to help it. Your washing machine may look like it’s a hardy machine, but there are a lot of moving parts on the inside of that machine.

Many people don’t realize that there are actually 2 inner tubs (also called drums) on the inside of your machine. The only way to ensure that they don’t bump up against each other during transport is to transport the machine upright.

If your inner and outer tubs were to bump and rub, they could end up cracking or breaking, which means that your dryer could leak and end up causing some sort of electrical damage on the inside of the machine.

Another issue is that it can loosen up the many pads in your machine, which will make the whole thing wear down much more quickly. Lastly, you may also need to be worried about a damaged suspension, which means that your washer just won’t work as intended.

Another consideration is how much of a grip you can get on the washer. It may feel like you have more of a grip if you’re carrying it on its side or back, but the fact is, that outside metal can be flimsy and can start to give without any sort of notice.

If that metal buckles and you drop the washer, you could damage the washer and you could end up with an injury – neither of which are favorable outcomes for anyone involved in the process.

If you feel like you can’t move your washing machine on your own, then you want to be sure that you connect with Moving APT so that we can help you to find the best long distance movers for your job.

Professional movers are going to have the correct tools to move your items and they will do everything possible to prevent any sort of damage to your washer and other appliances.

Pro Tips

Pro Tip

If you need to store your washer for any period of time, then you want to keep it in a space that is climate controlled. You also want to leave the door slightly ajar upon arriving at the storage unit. That way, if any sort of moisture gets inside, you don’t need to worry about mold or other types of damage that may accumulate on the inside. Keep any electrical wires and hoses with the washer, as well.

How Heavy is a Washing Machine?

It all depends on the washing machine. Your standard washing machine can weigh anywhere from 150 to 200 pounds, which means that you’re going to need at least one other person in order to get it moved safely. When we say “typical”, we mean the top-load options that don’t have any additional bells and whistles.

But, nowadays, there are dozens of options to choose from when you’re looking at a washing machine. Front-loading machine models often have a larger door, a heavier drum, and more heavy-duty parts to try and deal with. So, they could be anywhere from 200 to 300 pounds, depending on how advanced a model that you get.

Now, if you have a heavy-duty machine or you have one that is able to take care of large loads (6 cubic feet is the largest you can find for home use), then you may be looking at more like 300 or even 350 lbs. Manufacturers rarely discuss the weight of these larger machines, so it can be hard to determine just how much they weigh.

Be careful when you start looking at moving large things like appliances. You may find yourself much better off hiring movers through our services at Moving APT to take care of moving your large items because it can help to prevent injuries and other problems that may come up if you do it on your own.

Whether you’re moving a washer or your entire home, Moving APT is here to help you to get quotes from and hire the best national moving companies in your area.


How do I protect my washer during moving? 

You are typically going to want to have some sort of blanket, sheet, or towel over the part of the washer that will be touching the cart that you’re using to move it. Once you get it into the truck, you want to be sure that the entire machine is covered to prevent it from being dented or scratched. You may also want to use cushioning of some sort around the washer, if possible.

Should I just sell my washer? 

Washing machines are cheaper than ever before, so you will want to make a comparison based on the type of move you’re doing (local or long distance) and how much it would cost to replace your machine. In some instances, it may just be easier and cheaper to go ahead and get a new one delivered to your new home after you move in.

How do I prevent my washer from opening during a move? 

If there are no transit bolts (which you’ll find on the inside of the door), then you can use bungee cords and wrap them around the machine. This will hold the door in place and prevent the washer from flying open during the transit process.


If you need to move a washing machine, be sure that you always get a little bit of help with the process. Never try to move it alone; and in many cases, you may just want to go ahead and hire a moving company to come in and move it for you. They have the necessary tools for the process and they can help you to get things done safely, affordably, and with as little stress as possible.

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