How to Move a Washing Machine to a New Room in an Old Home

Updated February 21, 2017

Moving a washing machine can be a task if you must do it alone. The drum inside the washing machine adds a significant amount of weight. The overall size makes it cumbersome to move, and you must disconnect the machine before you can actually move it. However, with the correct tools and a dolly, you can easily move your washing machine from one room to another in your house.

Disconnect the electrical cord from the outlet. Wrap the cord in a loop and then tie the cord together with a piece of string.

Turn off the cold water and hot water shutoff valves. Loosen the water supply couplers with pliers, and remove the water supply lines from the shutoff valves. Loosen the supply line couplers on the back of the washing machine and then remove the hoses.

Pull the drain hose out of the standpipe connected to the wall. Open the lid for the washing machine and place the open end of the hose inside the washing machine. Lower the lid to hold the hose in place.

Place a blanket over the front of the washing machine. The blanket will protect the machine from damage.

Slide the base of your upright dolly under the front of the washing machine. Wrap the straps connected to the dolly around the machine, and then fasten the straps to the dolly. The straps keep the washing machine secured to the dolly.

Tilt the dolly back on its wheels to lift the machine off the ground. Move the machine to the new room and set it down where you plan to install it.

Things You'll Need

  • Pliers
  • Blanket
  • Dolly
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