Whether you’re starting a new business or moving locations, transporting restaurant equipment is a big undertaking. Many units are big and bulky, while others have lots of delicate or sharp parts – and none should be damaged in the process.
If there are a lot of big appliances to be moved, many people hire a moving company that specializes in transportation of restaurant equipment. If you go this route, get a few quotes and ask about policies to determine which company is best to hire. If you think you have enough manpower to move your equipment yourself, there are a few things to keep in mind:
Before the move, each piece of restaurant equipment should be thoroughly cleaned and all shelves and trays must be removed and packed separately. For example, remove utensil racks from commercial dishwashers and internal metal racks from commercial ovens. Leaving these items in during the move can cause them to shake around, become damaged and potentially ruin the inside of the unit.
It should go without saying, but make sure all appliances have reached room temperature and are disconnected properly before any move. Cooking equipment must be disconnected and completely cooled. Freezers should be thawed. Never transport food within appliances as it is likely to spoil and potentially cause a huge mess.
Before transporting items into a moving truck, kitchen appliances are typically shrink-wrapped with plastic. The reason for this is to protect the exterior from scrapes, dust and debris while also preventing all movable doors and drawers from opening.
When transporting large appliances, always lift with care. Use of special tools like dollies and forearm straps can make a heavy job much more tolerable. Remember to always lift with your legs and not with your back, and remind anyone helping to do the same.
Take care in packing smaller kitchen supplies also. Deconstruct units with multiple, movable parts – such as blenders and mixers – and wrap each well. Pay special attention to sharp objects, such as knives and grinders, and be sure to label and wrap appropriately.