Moving Large Household Items

Moving Applicances

When it comes to moving appliances, preparation is key! As movers, we handle the transporting of your appliances from your home into your new residence. However, the servicing of your appliances for the move (both at origin and destination) is your responsibility, unless you have requested that we make these arrangements on your behalf.

Here is a guide to what is required when moving appliances:

Small Appliances (Blenders, Toasters, etc).

Small appliances should be packed in boxes, two to three in each box. Make sure that the bottom of the box is securely taped and padded with packing paper, towels or sheets to reduce the risk of damage.

Medium-Sized Appliances (Microwave and Convection Ovens)

Medium-sized appliances should also be placed in cartons, with the bottoms securely taped. Any glass trays should be removed, wrapped and packed in a separate box to limit possible breaks or damage from the moving process. The bottom of the carton should be padded with packing paper to cushion your items. Place the appliance in the middle of the carton and pad around the appliance and on top. Make sure to label each box for easy unpacking.

Washing Machine

  • Clean and dry washing machine thoroughly
  • Turn off water faucets, disconnect and drain hoses
  • Wrap connector ends of hoses in a towel and store inside the washer during transport
  • Secure the tub according to the manufacturer guidelines to prevent swaying. There are many washer moving kits available from various appliance manufacturers
    • If you prefer not to handle this task yourself, we can arrange for third party servicing
  • Arrange for a connection service at your new residence by a qualified installer.

Clothes Dryer

  • Clean the lint screen and disconnect the electrical supply to the dryer.
    • If you are moving a gas dryer, the dryer should be disconnected and the gas line capped by a qualified service technician. Our crew members are not qualified to perform this service, although we can make third party arrangements on your behalf.


  • Leave the door open for several hours to allow the unit to dry out thoroughly
  • Tape down racks and silverware basket so they do not move during transport
  • Shut off the electric and water supply
  • Disconnect and drain the water inlet line, water valve, and hoses
  • Wrap dry hoses with towels or packing paper and place inside the unit
  • Close, lock and tape the door down shut
  • Tape all hoses and cords to the dishwasher


  • Turn off the refrigerator according to manufacturer instructions and unplug the unit
  • Secure all loose parts
  • All shelves should be removed, cleaned and carefully packed
  • Leave the door open for at least 24 hours to allow all moisture to evaporate from the unit
  • Make sure the refrigerator is completely empty and clean
  • If there is a water dispenser and/or ice maker, a plumber may be needed for proper disconnection and to empty the water reservoir
  • If the refrigerator is oversized, remove all handles in order for it to fit through doors and hallways easily
  • Tape refrigerator doors shut securely with masking tape or duct tape
  • At the destination, ice makers and water dispensers must be connected to a dedicated water line. Installation service or parts can be obtained from your authorized appliance dealer


  • Remove broiler pans and racks from oven and remove surface grates on gas ranges
  • Remove or tape down all knobs during transportation
  • Gas ranges must be disconnected prior to moving by a qualified service technician. A qualified gas installer will also be needed at destination to check the gas supply, connect the range to the gas line, seal any openings, light the pilot light and handle any other hookup procedures.

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Moving Your Hot Tub


To ensure a proper moving estimate and that necessary arrangements are made, be sure to point out your hot tub during the visual survey of your home by your moving consultant. Note that due to the size of a hot tub, a "bulky article charge" may apply. In extreme cases, a crane may be required to remove the hot tub from its current location.

On moving day, your hot tub must be completely drained. To do this, you will need to use a wet-dry vacuum such as a ShopVac to remove all water from the unit. If you are moving to a climate where temperatures can fall below freezing, the entire pumping system will need to be drained by a high-pressure vacuum.

The equipment pack (heater, filter(s), blower, pump, electrical and plumbing units) should also be serviced prior to moving day. Consult your owner’s manual for instructions for your model.

At Delivery

  • Ensure there is clear access to where your hot tub needs to go
  • Depending on where the hot tub needs to be delivered, a crane is sometimes required
  • Carefully check your hot tub for damage or missing parts before installation. If there is any damage, make a note on the inventory.
  • A local dealer can be called for the reassembly of your hot tub and a local electrician can wire it correctly once delivered

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Moving Your Vehicle

At Westmount Moving & Warehousing, we are highly experienced in moving many types of vehicles. When you choose us to facilitate your automotive moving needs, we discuss the various options available and educate you on all documentation requirements for your vehicle move. Depending on your needs, a moving consultant will advise whether or not the vehicle can be transported directly in one of our moving vehicles, or whether a third party service is necessary. If we cannot facilitate the move with our equipment, we will make all arrangements for you a third party transport of your vehicle.

Preparing a Vehicle for Transport

  • Alarm systems must be disabled prior to shipment
  • Gas tank should be ½ full
  • All fluids should be topped up
  • Vehicle should be clean both inside and out
  • The battery is to be secure and without leaks
  • Open seams on convertible tops must be secure
  • No personal belongings are permitted in the vehicle, aside from the following; which are considered part of the vehicle:
    • Children's car seat (when attached)
    • Spare tire and tire changing tools
    • Driver's Manual
    • Snow/ice scraper and snow brush
    • Jumper cables and minor tools (must be properly stowed)
    • Car cover

Paperwork Required

The paperwork required for transporting a vehicle is dependent on whether your move is domestically within Canada or a cross-border move. Each circumstance will require different paperwork. Your Westmount Moving consultant will discuss all documentation requirements based on your transportation needs.

Vehicle Condition Report

When your vehicle is picked up for transport, a Vehicle Condition Report will need to be completed and signed by you and the driver. This report includes the date, pickup location, delivery address, colour, make, model, mileage, vehicle identification number (VIN) and a report of the condition of the vehicle (including scratches, dents, paint condition, etc). It is always recommended that you keep a copy of this report.

Leased vehicles

When moving leased vehicles, you will require a letter of permission from the leasing company to move the automobile to another city or province. Leasing companies normally don’t allow a vehicle to be moved to or from the United States or other foreign countries. Make sure to speak with your leasing company before organizing transportation.

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