How to Pack and Move a Dishwasher

When moving from one home to another, you may often think about all the boxes and couches that have to be transported. Rarely do you think of moving the dishwasher. If you plan to take this appliance with you to the new home, you’ll need to move it. It’s not easy. It’s best to rely on a professional to handle it, but here is a step by step guide if you decide to tackle this chore yourself.


Ask yourself:

  • Do you really need to take the dishwasher with you?
  • Does the new home already have a dishwasher in the kitchen?
  • Do you own the dishwasher you wish to take with you?
  • Will moving your dishwasher cost more than buying a new one?
  • Are you moving a long distance or a quick trip across town?

Get Help

Secure trustworthy helpers prior to moving your dishwasher. Hiring a mover now is wise, as they can bring the equipment necessary to transport it safely and easily. You’ll need sufficient manpower to load that bulky kitchen appliance onto a dolly, wheel it out of the home and into the truck.

Gather the Right Tools and Supplies

You will need certain tools and moving equipment to properly prepare your dishwasher for transport, such as:

  • Adjustable wrench
  • Screwdrivers
  • Furniture blankets
  • Appliance dolly
  • Straps, rope or string
  • Packing tape


1.    Empty the Dishwasher

Make sure the dishwasher is completely empty. Pack glasses, dishes and silverware in cardboard boxes, labeling them as fragile.

2.    Clean the Interior

Now that it’s empty, run the dishwasher through a cleaning cycle using hot water. When done cleaning, leave the door of the dishwasher open to dry out the interior.

3.    Free the Dishwashing Machine From Cabinetry

You will have to free the appliance in order to remove it. Open the door and locate the screws of the bracket holding the dishwasher to the kitchen counter. Use a screwdriver to remove the screws and put the fasteners into a small plastic bag so they don’t get lost.

4.    Loosen the Feet

Dishwashers come with adjustable feet to ensure proper positioning and leveling with the kitchen floor. Use the screwdriver to remove the legs.

5.    Pull the Dishwasher Out Halfway

Pull it out partially because then you will have to disconnect the three supply lines at the back.

6.    Disconnect From the Power and Water Supply

Unplug the power cable of the machine from the wall, then tie up the power cord into a bundle using cable ties. Tape it to the back of the dishwasher so it doesn’t come loose. Next, turn off the water supply valve, then disconnect the two water lines.

7.     Pull the Dishwasher Out All the Way

Pull out the dishwashing machine completely. Then, remove any racks, trays, and baskets.

8.    Wrap the Dishwasher With Blankets

Cover the machine with thick furniture blankets for protection.

9.    Load the Dishwasher Onto the Dolly

If you haven’t hired movers, you will need help with this next step, as a dishwasher can weigh up to 180 pounds. Tilt the dishwasher slightly and position the dolly underneath the appliance, then move the dolly backward until the load is balanced on the rubber wheels. Secure the dishwasher with straps or rope.

10.   Load it Onto the Truck

Wheel the dishwasher out of the home and onto the truck via the loading ramp, then tie with rope to the side of the truck.

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