Appliance Removal Tips from Professional Junk Haulers
Appliance removal isn’t a job to take lightly. Moving and disposing of household appliances can be a time-intensive and labor-intensive task. More importantly, it can be risky if you don’t take the right precautions.
Every year, countless Americans suffer injuries or cause damage to their homes when attempting to remove a large appliance. The majority of these injuries are to the lower back, which can cause chronic health problems. If an accident occurs — particularly when moving an appliance up or down stairs — there’s a risk of life-threatening injury.
In other cases, homeowners will remove an appliance from their home only to find they lack a safe and legal way to dispose of it. Some end up spending far more time and money than they expected to get rid of the item. Others end up facing major fines or even jail time for illegal dumping.
At College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving®, we know how tricky appliance removal and disposal can be. To help, we’ve compiled six important tips on how to safely remove and dispose of household appliances.
6 PROFESSIONAL TIPS FOR HOME APPLIANCE REMOVAL
- Find a Moving Partner. Your risk of injury when removing appliances is much greater if you’re working alone. Having someone else there will give you an extra set of hands and eyes, making it easier to lift, move, and navigate the appliance. This will reduce the risk of injuring yourself or damaging your home.
- Plan Ahead. When removing appliances, most mistakes can be avoided by planning ahead. To ensure safe appliance removal, we suggest measuring the appliance and then performing a step-by-step walk-through of the removal process. This will allow you to identify challenges along the way and plan ahead for how to overcome them.
- Prepare a Path. Before you remove a large appliance, take time to prepare a route out of your home. This route should be free of tripping and slipping hazards, which include uneven flooring, loose rugs/mats, electrical cables, and clutter. If possible, move furniture that could get in the way during removal. This will make it much easier to remove the appliance and will reduce the risk of injury to yourself or damage to your home.
- Use Moving Equipment. The proper equipment can make a big difference when removing large appliances. Dollies and hand carts are helpful for moving these items and can be rented from moving companies or home improvement stores. If you need to move an item up or down stairs, a stair-climbing cart may be necessary. Other items you might want to use include drop cloths (to protect items along the path of removal) and adjustable straps (to keep the appliance fixed to the dolly/handcart).
- Safe Lifting Techniques. Proper lifting techniques are essential for appliance removal projects. If you are lifting the appliance with the help of lifting equipment, take the time to review the recommended safety procedure. If you are lifting the appliance by hand, take the time to research, review, and practice safe lifting methods to reduce the risk of a lower back injury. If you are in any way unsure of your ability to lift the object safely, do not attempt to remove the appliance yourself. Instead, hire an appliance removal service. Your safety is far more important than the cost of these services.
- Appliance Disposal. After appliance removal, you’ll need to dispose of the item. This can be difficult. Most landfills will refuse to accept large appliances, and there are strict federal, state, and municipal penalties for illegal dumping of household appliances. As such, you should research your local options for local appliance disposal or donation before removing the appliance from your home.
SAFE & CONVENIENT APPLIANCE REMOVAL WITH COLLEGE HUNKS
If you’re having second thoughts about DIY appliance removal, we invite you to contact the professionals at College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving. We make appliance removal and disposal easy for homeowners.
We cover the removal and disposal of your appliance, with the option for same-day and next-day pick-ups. These services are performed by trained, professional movers, so you won’t need to worry about injuring yourself or damaging your home.
Request a free appliance removal estimate or call 1-888-689-5999 to learn more about our services.