Of all the areas in a house, the garage probably gives people the most nightmares when it comes to packing for a move. If you’re like most people, your garage is untidy and a ‘dumping ground’ for all sorts of odds and ends.
Your local moving company can help you pack, but you will need to do a whole lot of organizing before they begin. The following 8 garage-packing moving tips will help you cut through the chaos.
Here is How to Pack Your Garage to Move
- Make the garage the first area you pack
As soon as you know that you’re going to be moving to a new house, begin sorting out and packing the garage. It’s the most overwhelming because of the mess and will take the longest. So, get it out of the way first.
- Have a good clear out
Packing a garage is the perfect opportunity to declutter and get rid of anything that is broken or no longer useful. Have a ‘trash’ box handy for stuff that is going in the bin. Decide which remaining items you want to keep and which you no longer need but that are still in a good enough condition to be donated or sold.
- Get sturdy boxes
The tools and power equipment you keep in your garage are generally heavy, so make sure you have strong boxes for moving. Don’t get boxes that are too big, as this increases the weight and could cause the boxes to break when lifted. Your local moving company can supply you with special reinforced moving boxes. Alternatively, you can buy good moving boxes at your local hardware superstore..
- Have lots of sealable plastic bags
Small parts such as nuts, bolts, screws, and nails should be stored in re-sealable plastic bags to prevent them from getting lost in bigger boxes or falling out of unsealed containers.
- Tidy up your tool box
If you have a toolbox, sort it out now and throw away any broken or useless items. Latch it tightly and pack it as is.
- Keep power tools in their original packaging
If you still have the original packaging for your power tools, this makes your life easier as you can simply re-pack them knowing that they will be properly protected. If not, wrap all parts in bubble wrap and place each tool in an appropriately sized box. Because power tools are heavy, it’s best to use a separate box for each tool.
- Wrap sharp and delicate edges
When packing tools with sharp or delicate edges that are stored in your garage (such as hand saws and garden tools), make sure that you wrap them very well in bubble wrap to prevent them from being damaged during the move. This will also ensure that they can be safely and easily unpacked after your move is complete.
- Discard dangerous substances
A garage can have any number of dangerous substances. Your domestic moving company can give you a list of substances that they will not transport, such as fuel, paint, and chemical cleaners. Any gas-fueled power equipment should be completely emptied of fuel. Dispose of paint and chemicals appropriately or make alternative arrangements for transportation.
Are you looking for a reliable and affordable local moving company to pack your garage and your entire house? We offer expert packing, moving and storage services. For a free quote, contact Isaac’s Moving & Storage today.