Ok, one of the first things we need to clarify is, just what exactly are ‘white goods’? Usually, the term ‘white goods’ refers to electric products that are large, bulky and heavy. These are appliances like your fridges, stoves, ovens, air conditioners and clothes dryers and washing machines. It is not compulsory that the appliances be white, of course; the term ‘white goods’ came from the fact that fridges used to mostly be coated white. These days, of course, the colour is irrelevant. What usually connects these types of appliances are their size.
And because of this, white goods are notoriously difficult to move from place to place or remove in their entirety. So, what happens is, when fridges or washing machines and the like get damaged and stop working, they are moved out of the way while a new appliance is brought in.
But it is best that these appliances be removed totally. Getting rid of these appliances gives you back space in the house, plus also you can have them recycled. Recycling prevents the toxic materials in the white goods contaminating the soil and harming the environment. It also means that new products can be made from the recycled materials.
An important note, though, is this: even better than recycling and far better than throwing away entirely your white good appliance, is passing it on to family or friends, or donating it to charity. Of course, the white goods needs to be in some kind of working order for you to be able to do this.
So, what do you do if you really just have to move and get rid of your white goods?
You can shed a few kilograms and make moving your white goods appliance easier by getting rid of anything that can be removed. With less weight inside shifting from side to side, the appliance will not only be lighter but more balanced and easier to carry.
Consider your path
Before trying to move the appliance, take note of just how you are going to get the appliance out of the front door. Make sure they can actually fit through the hallways and doorways and stairways.
Make sure you have the right equipment
We will include people in this category of ‘equipment’. You should not lift a fridge by yourself, even if you think of yourself as some kind of weightlifting champion. Consider bringing in people to help you, or getting an appliance dolly. If using the dolly, make sure the appliance is strapped in.
Take your time
Don’t rush things. Rushing causes mistakes, mistakes causes injuries. Plan exactly how you are going to get the appliance out of the house, and if you think there are areas where you will struggle, consider bring in professionals.
Which brings us to …
Professionals in the field of white goods removal will know precisely how to move your white goods. They have done it before many times, and experienced all types of difficult, tight situations. They have the equipment required to ensure the safety of themselves, you and your property. Consider whether it is simply far easier to just pay a professional to remove your white goods for you.