How to Successfully Pack Your Garage for Moving

Moving furniture from one house to the next can be quite the task, but packing all the odds and ends can be even more daunting. Over the years we’ve noticed that most people are perfectly capable of packing up their kitchens, bedrooms, and family rooms without any problems. When it comes to their garage it’s a totally different story. It’s typically unorganized and jam-packed with a wide variety of items. This causes a problem because it’s incredibly time-consuming to sort through and load such random items and we all know that in the moving business time is money. Here are some tips that make packing your garage a lot less challenging and more importantly a lot more cost-effective when it’s time to bring in your movers.

  • Ask your mover for a complete list of non-allowable items.
  • Get rid of items that can’t be moved. Your garage may contain a lot of hazardous materials that aren’t permitted on the moving truck including gas, pesticides, and propane tanks.
  • If you have a charcoal grill, empty and clean the charcoal from the grill. For a gas grill, disconnect and remove the gas tank.
  • Get rid of things you don’t want to pay to move. Old toys, tools, gardening equipment, and other unwanted items can be donated, sold, or thrown out.
  • Tools with long handles, like rakes and mops, can be bundled together. You can tie or tape them together, and wrap them in a pad. Make sure that sharp ends are carefully wrapped.
  • Power tools should be drained of gas and oil before the move.
  • Sports gear can be packed in large boxes or garbage cans.
  • Outdoor furniture cushions can be removed and packed in a big box. Furniture frames can be wrapped in blankets or cloths by the movers.
  • Make sure your umbrella is clean and dry. Tape it shut, and wrap it in paper or plastic.
  • Sheds and swing sets should be disassembled. Place the hardware in plastic bags and tape well to the structure that it belongs too.
  • Label each box “GARAGE” with a brief description of its contents. Keep a longer, more detailed list of what is in each box, so that you can easily find things.