How Much Does It Cost to Move a Refrigerator?

Nick P. Cellucci
Written by Nick P. Cellucci
Updated March 15, 2022
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Highlights

  • The cost to move a refrigerator typically ranges from $150 to $250.

  • Professional movers may charge per hour or based on the weight of the fridge.

  • Hiring movers to move your fridge can prevent injuries and damage to your home.

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When you buy a new refrigerator or want to switch up your kitchen layout, you may run into a heavy hurdle when it comes to relocating your refrigerator. 

While it’s possible to move it yourself with the right equipment and some helping hands, you'll save yourself the risk of injury and damage to your home by calling in moving professionals. The average cost to professionally move a refrigerator is $220. Let’s take a look at what you can expect to pay to move a refrigerator.

Average Costs to Move a Refrigerator

National Average CostMinimum CostMaximum Cost
$220$100$300

Moving services will calculate their rates differently, and some have minimum fees regardless of how many items you’re moving or how long the job takes. Typically, companies will charge you by the fridge weight or by the hour for this type of job.

Cost Per Pound to Move a Refrigerator

If your movers calculate their moving costs by weight, they may have set prices for different weight ranges. Most refrigerators weigh between 100 and 400 pounds, with an average weight of 250 pounds. 

You can expect to pay an average of $200 to move a refrigerator that weighs 250 pounds or less, while a heavier fridge can cost $275 to $300 to move.

Cost Per Hour to Move a Refrigerator 

Some companies charge hourly rates to move heavy objects like a fridge. Hourly moving rates for moving a fridge can range from $50 to $130 per moving crew member, with at least two crew members required to move the fridge safely.

Moving a Refrigerator Cost Breakdown

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Whether you’re moving your fridge to another home or to another room, there are several cost factors to consider. Keep in mind that your refrigerator size may impact the difficulty level of moving this type of appliance.

Materials

If you’re moving your fridge on your own, you’ll need to rent a large hand truck, which costs an average of $10 to $20 per day. If you’re planning to hire movers to complete this task, they will come equipped with their own moving materials.

Labor

If you’re hiring a professional moving company, the total cost of labor can range from $100 to $300, depending on the number of hours it takes or the weight of the refrigerator.

Plumbing

If your fridge includes an ice maker or dispenses water, you’ll need an attached water line for those features to function. The average cost to move kitchen plumbing more than three feet is $500 to $1,000 per appliance.

Electrical

You’ll need an electrical outlet close enough to the refrigerator that you won’t need to rely on dangerous, unsightly extension cords for power. The cost to install an electrical outlet is $140 to $300.

Cost to Move a Refrigerator Yourself

Not sure whether you need to pay for a professional moving team to relocate your fridge? You’ll save $100 to $300 on labor costs if you move the refrigerator independently rather than hire a moving company, but this decision comes with other costs. 

You’ll need at least one other person to assist you, and if you don’t own an appliance hand truck, you’ll need to rent one at an average rate of $10 to $20 per day from a tool rental or moving equipment store.

Ensure the hand truck has a wide, steep deck, a wrap-around strap, and skids on the back for tilting and sliding down carpeted stairs. The strap should not push on any exposed coils, so protect them by placing a scrap of plywood or several boards between the fridge and the deck. 

Cost to Move a Refrigerator Yourself vs. Hiring a Professional Mover

The typical homeowner doesn’t have the equipment or experience needed to lift and move heavy appliances safely, especially when it comes to maneuvering narrow stairs and tight turns. To minimize your chance of physical injury and ensure that your fridge and walls are not damaged during the moving process, you should hire local professional movers.

When hiring the best movers in your area, call around to multiple companies and ask for cost estimates. You may be asked for an approximate weight to provide an accurate quote. The average cost to hire movers to assist with a fridge is $150 to $250.

Questions and Answers About Moving a Refrigerator 

Check out these answers to common questions related to moving a refrigerator.

Can you lay a refrigerator down to move it?

You can lay a refrigerator down to move it with a lot of padding underneath, but it’s best to transport it upright to keep the cooling refrigerant and compressor oil in place. These elements can cause blockages if not given time to settle before turning the fridge on. 

If you need to lay the fridge down to move it, position the fridge door hinges so that doors won’t open while moving.

How long should a refrigerator sit before restarting?

If you move your fridge upright, you can turn it on right away without letting it settle. If the fridge was laying down during transport, check its manual to find out how long you should let it settle before turning it on again. Usually, it’s safest to wait about 24 hours. If you don’t allow the refrigerant and compressor oil to settle, you may end up needing refrigerator repair.

What other projects should I do at the same time?

Determine whether you have any other heavy, bulky, or oddly-shaped items you’d like to relocate, such as a washing machine or other appliance. Since many professional moving companies may charge minimum fees for their services, you could end up paying the same cost to move a refrigerator as you would to move the fridge and a second or third item.

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