Items such as refrigerators and washing machines should be prepared for moving according to their instruction manuals. Defrost the fridge at least a day before moving, and make sure there’s no excess water still in the washing machine. Secure the hoses according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
If you still have the old boxes, electronic equipment such as televisions, printers, and audio equipment are always best moved in the manufacturer’s original packaging.
Remove bulbs from lamps.
Zip-lock sandwich bags are useful for holding any small screws from things you’ll have to take apart, such as wall-mounted TVs or Ikea furniture.