Purchase a back brace to wear when moving the chest freezer. This will help protect your back by giving it extra support to decrease the possibility of straining it.
Rent or borrow an appliance dolly. Some home improvement centers and moving equipment suppliers will rent this specialized type of dolly.
Remove everything from the chest freezer including food, bins and trays. If you are moving the freezer a long distance, you will need to defrost it before moving it. If you are moving it to another location on your property, you can unplug it when you get ready to move it and then plug it back in when you get to the destination.
Slide the freezer out from the wall, if necessary. Put on your back brace and wheel the appliance dolly up to the chest freezer. Slide the flat portion of the dolly, located at the bottom, underneath the front of the chest freezer. Securely fasten the dolly's straps to the freezer.
Ask your helper to assist you by placing each of his hands on the top back of the freezer, about 18 inches apart, and pushing slightly on the back of the freezer toward you and the dolly while you tilt the appliance dolly back at the same time to pick up the freezer. This maneuver will require some well-orchestrated teamwork.
Wheel the dolly by pushing forward or pulling backward to its destination, whether it be a moving truck or another location on your property.
Things You Will Need
- Back braces
- Appliance dolly with straps
- For a custom-fitted back brace, contact a physical therapist.