How to Move a Stove

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When moving a gas stove, you will need to put a few things in place to ensure your safety and the stove’s structural soundness from beginning to end.
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Whether it's for a gleaming modern replacement, cleaning inside the nook, or retrieving someone's favorite toy that somehow made its way beneath the behemoth, moving a stove can be quite an endeavor.

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The major kitchen appliance sits unmoved for years in its square space, sandwiched between cabinets and countertops. When moving a gas stove, you will need to put a few things in place to ensure your safety and the stove's structural soundness from beginning to end.

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Prepare the Stove to Be Moved

Before you begin to lift, pry and otherwise remove the stove from its spot, you should do a few things to make the process as quick, clean and safe as possible. Crumbs and detritus will inevitably leave a trail when you move the stove, but this initial cleaning will cut down on what you need to clean up during and after you slide out the oven.

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Wipe off all of the outer surfaces with a kitchen degreaser. This will help with getting a grip on the slick stove surfaces when it is time to move the awkward appliance. Remove the grates, drip pans, plug-in coils, broiler pans, oven racks and other parts that can move around and be damaged in the process.

Remove the knobs and soak them in a commercial kitchen degreaser or homemade solution of vinegar or hot water and dish soap. Raise the range top and clean it out thoroughly before you move it. Always follow the guidelines suggested by the stove's manufacturer.

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Safety Precautions to Move an Oven

The cost to move an oven in the kitchen varies. If you have any physical disabilities, or even a bad back, arthritis or other manageable malady, then you may want to consider hiring someone to slide out the oven for you.

Moving a gas stove is a physical endeavor. Have a dolly, appliance moving mat, gloves, and close-toed shoes before beginning to slide out an oven from its place in the kitchen.

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Preparing a Stove for a Move

If you plan to take your stove with you to a new home across the country, then you need to prepare it for the movers before they arrive. This will save the workers, and subsequently you, a lot of time, effort and possibly money when movers arrive to pack up your belongings for the long trip across the city or state lines.

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A moving company typically cannot disconnect a gas line from the stove to the home, so you will need to do this in advance. You will need the appliance to be disconnected and thoroughly cleaned with all of its removable parts, such as grates and knobs, in a separate box that is clearly labeled.

Moving a Gas Stove

After the stove has been thoroughly cleaned, you can begin to slide out the oven from where it is nestled. Gently rock the disconnected stove back and forth while pulling it forward. An appliance moving mat can move the stove across a large room when the stove is placed on the front or over the entire mat.

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Once the stove is away from the wall, a dolly can be placed beneath the back of it. This will help you move the appliance to an area away from where you will be working or into a moving truck.

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