How to Move a Front Loading Washing Machine

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Things You'll Need

  • Moving dolly

  • Helper

  • Duct tape

  • Locking kit

  • Wrench

  • Soft moving pad

  • Rope

Front loading washing machines are cost and energy efficient.

Front loading washers have become a popular home appliance. They use less energy than traditional top loading washers, and they are cost efficient. Moving a washer is often a challenge, but front loading washing machines can be more challenging due to the position of the door. Though there are some slight differences between brands, most front loading washing machines have similar moving strategies.

Step 1

Unplug the washing machine and loosen the hoses. Make sure the hoses are positioned so that the excess water inside the hose doesn't fall over the floor. Take the hoses away from the wall and dump the excess water into a sink or toilet. Be careful of spilling on the floor. Place the hoses in the washer drum and secure them.

Step 2

Remove the drain hose from the wall and tape it to the machine.

Step 3

Use the wrench to add washer to the transit bolts. Most washing machines will come with the locking kit when purchased to get the machine to the house, which includes the appropriate washers. If the kit is lost or the machine does not have the locking pieces, order a kit for the appropriate transit bolts and washers. The exact location and number of bolts will vary based on the brand of washing machine.

Step 4

Slide a dolly under the washing machine and use the strap that comes with the dolly to secure the machine to the dolly. Tighten the strap and then thread it through before turning the handle and moving the excess strap out of the way. The excess strap can be wrapped around the dolly to keep it away from your feet.

Step 5

Tilt the machine back and roll the washing machine out of the nearest exit. Remove the tape from draining hose. With the help of a second person, tilt the machine and allow the water in the draining hose to empty. Remove the draining hose from the washer and store it with the other hoses in the washing machine drum.

Step 6

Wheel the washing machine onto a moving truck, getting help as needed. Always walk backwards up onto the truck so that if the washer falls, it does not result in an injury.

Step 7

Place the washer in the moving truck as desired. Make sure it won't move. Wrap a shipping pad around the washer and tape it firmly into place so that if the washer moves slightly, it will not become damaged. Use the rope to tie the machine firmly to the truck so that it doesn't move.

Step 8

Remove the washer with a dolly upon reaching the new destination. Make sure the machine exits the truck first and the individual moving it off the truck follows down the ramp.


Do not pack heavy items on top of the washer. Heavy items can damage the machine. Tape can be used to ensure the door does not open during transportation. Though the door should be tightly closed, duct tape can give an added insurance against damage to the inside of the machine.


Helen Jain

Helen Jain has been writing online articles since December 2009 for various websites. She has studied English and psychology and hopes to get a Ph.D. in English in the future.