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Moving a dishwasher can be a tricky task. It’s important to prepare large appliances properly for your relocation. We always advise trained professionals to do it, but you can do it yourself by closely following these steps.

Step 1 - Empty your dishwasher

Before you start disassembling the dishwasher, make sure that your dishwasher is completely empty. Please remove all plates, cups, silverware, glasses and pack them all separately. It can be good to clean the dishwashers, drains, and food catchers.

Step 2 - Disconnect the dishwasher

The first thing you need to do is disconnect the power supply. Simply locate the power cable and carefully unplug it. Your dishwasher may have a cable that disappears into the wall. In that case, things are a bit more complicated, but no worries. You will need to find the electric connection point and disengage the cables.

Step 3 - Shut off water

After disconnecting the power supply, you must make sure to shut off the water supply as well. The best way to do this is to head for the main water valve and turn it off. Don’t forget to shut off the tap that directly provides water to the dishwasher. It is typically located under your kitchen sink.

Step 4 - Separate the dishwasher from the counter

Usually, dishwashers are secured to the countertops with the help of 2 or 3 bracket screws. In order to disconnect the unit, you will have to take off the screws. They are inside the unit, so you need to carefully remove the screws and put them in a small bag. These screws are located above the dishwasher.

Step 5 - Pull out the dishwasher

Be especially careful when removing the dishwasher because of the drainage pipe, water, and power supply. Try to be as gentle as possible and move the dishwasher partially first. It can be good to have another pair of hands around because dishwashers are heavy. Pay attention to adjustable feet and loosen the front two feet first. Be careful not to scratch the floor and lift the dishwasher as you pull it out.

Step 6 - Wrap and protect the dishwasher

We know how valuable quality packing materials are. A dishwasher is incredibly important for any household, so you should protect it properly. Doing that will decrease the chances of any damage. Our advice is to wrap the dishwasher in moving blankets for extra protection. You can use a rope to fix the blankets. To secure any loose wires, use electrical tape.

Step 7 - Get a moving dolly

Dollies are convenient for moving bulky items. Using proper moving equipment will help you protect your items and safely load them on the truck. Ask a friend for help, lift the dishwasher, and slide the dolly underneath it. It’s best to use straps to ensure that the dishwasher machine stays on the dolly.

Step 8 - Load the dishwasher on the truck

Having another pair of hands is essential, especially when it comes to this part. Most moving trucks have a ramp, so it won’t be difficult to wheel up the dishwasher into the truck. Still, try to be cautious as much as possible. If you are still worried about potential damage, you can always secure the dishwasher with ropes and tape.