1. Remove racks and broiler pan from oven. Tape down the knobs and burner elements.
  2. Disconnect washing machine from water, drain it and make sure it's dry.
  3. Make sure refrigerators and freezers are clean, dry and the doors left open to avoid mold.
  4. Tape electrical cords to the appliance.
  5. Use the space inside the large appliances to store things, maybe awkward shaped items that need extra padding. Use blankets or pillows to pad.
  6. Empty vacuums before storing.