Moving is stressful enough with having to figure out how you’re going to pack up all of those obscure items housed in your garage. While it is fairly intuitive to to pack books and knick knacks in sturdy boxes, how exactly do you prepare your grill for a move? What about your lawn mower, weed eater, or other gas-powered lawn care equipment? Keep reading to get some handy tips and tricks for packing up your garage.
Four Garage Packing Tips
Hand & Power Tools
You can leave any hand tools housed in tool boxes in their boxes, but you should fill the excess space to stop it from tipping over in transit. You can use packing paper, bubble wrap, or any other packing material that will work to fill the extra space. Pack the rest of your hand tools into small, sturdy boxes. It is typically not a good idea to pack all of your tools into a single, large box because it will be difficult (if not impossible) to lift, and the box will probably fail. Pack your power tools away in their original cases, and pack them into smaller boxes. If you can’t locate a tool’s original case, be sure to sheath any sharp points and edges before packing them into appropriately-sized boxes.
Lawn Care Equipment
Drain the fuel from all of your gas-powered lawn care equipment such as your lawn mower, weed eater, or chainsaw. You don’t want these flammable liquids leaking in transit. Once it is empty of gasoline, use little pieces of cardboard to create protective covers for the spark plugs on your equipment as these can break easily if hit in transit. You should also cover all blades and other sharp or pointy edges to avoid damaging the other items in the moving truck.
Brooms & Rakes
You will transport all of your long tools in a moving pad. Collect all of your brooms, rakes, shovels, etc., and wrap them securely in the moving pad, tucking in and securing the ends on both sides. You want to avoid simply placing these items in your moving truck without any sort of protective covering because they can easily get moved around and damage other items.
Before packing your grill, you’ll want to give it a decent clean in order to avoid letting ash or grease damage the other items in the moving truck. Empty it of any charcoal or other debris, and spray it down completely with a garden hose. All propane tanks must be removed from gas-powered grills, and most moving companies won’t let you transport these tanks in the truck.
We hope these tips help you with your garage packing endeavors, but if it is simply too big of a project, you may seek professional assistance. At Ocean Moving and Storage, we offer packing services to many areas throughout the United States. Contact us online to learn more about how we can help you.