“Alright, everything is packed… except for the garage.” Sound familiar? Most people fill their garages not only with mechanics, outdoor equipment, and tools, but also bikes, kids’ toys, and don’t forget about the holiday decorations.
With all these items stowed away in every nook and cranny of your garage, there’s a lot that goes into packing up this portion of the house. We’ve got your step-by-step guide (including tips from The Spruce) to help get your garage items packed and ready for their new destination.
Step 1: Take this as an opportunity to clear out the unnecessary.
Since garages often become a catch-all spot for storage items or broken toys, use this move to your advantage. Take some time to see what is actually in your garage. From here, determine what can be tossed or donated, and what you intend to take to your new home.
Do you have a significant amount of junk that needs to be donated or disposed of? Move Eaze can help here. Learn about our junk removal services.
Step 2: Power-off all devices and pour out the liquids.
Before packing power tools and other devices that require some type of charge, be sure to properly shut-down all of these items to avoid damage.
If you have equipment (such as a lawnmower or grill) that requires gasoline, propane, or some other form of liquid for use, before packing (and perhaps dismantling) drain the liquid from these devices. Depending on the device, keeping liquids in the machines may cause damage and/or leaking.
Step 3: Take safety precautions.
You likely have sharp or oddly shaped items in your garage. For example, many tools and machinery come with blades or razors. If so, be sure to follow instructions on the product’s manual. If the product manual does not recommend temporarily removing these sharp pieces during transportation, see what options are available for protective covers.
The same rule applies for those smaller hand-held tools and devices. Be sure these are properly stowed and the boxes labeled appropriately to indicate what’s inside.
Your local hardware store should have what your need to ensure that you, your movers, and your items stay safe and unharmed from these potential hazards.
Step 4: Clean off dust, residue, and other build-up.
Whether the item is covered in dirt from everyday use, or covered in dust from being tucked away in the corner, clean your items before packing.
For outdoor furniture coverings (such as bench cushions or pillows), read the instructions to see how to properly clean these. Depending on the item, you may be able to clean the cover using the washing machine.
Step 5: Organize and pack the boxes.
Now that you have determined (from step one) what items you will be transporting to your new home, it’s time to figure out how the boxes should be organized.
One common method is to organize based on the type of item. For example, keep the toys in one box, the tools in another, and the holiday decorations in another. Regardless of your organization method, mark the boxes with proper ID, so you know what’s inside once you get to your new home.
When packing, it’s important to keep in mind the weight of your boxes. There is nothing worse than packing up a box (full of tools), realizing you will need a forklift to get the box off the ground, and consequently having to unpack and then re-pack in a new way.
For your larger, perhaps oddly-shaped items (like power tools, machines, or bikes), these may require specific care. Be sure to consult the product manual for the best way to pack these. For other fragile items, check out our blog post on how to pack easy-to-break items.
Our Move Eaze team is trained to pack items safely and efficiently– give us a call and we will be happy to help!