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How to Pack and Move Your Garage

A garage
You've packed your bedroom, living room, dining room, and kitchen. Now what? It's time to tackle the garage. Before digging in to this well-used storage area, take a look at the top tips for packing a garage. 

Start Safely

Garages are notoriously dangerous spaces because the garage is an ideal environment to store caustic chemicals (such as cleaners or paint products), auto gear, and sharp lawn and garden equipment. Safety must come first when handling and packing any type of chemical or tool/machinery item. Not only do you want to keep yourself safe, but you also need to ensure the safety of your movers.

Before you pack, make sure to do the following:
  • Discard old/unused chemical cleaners, paints, oil, and other liquids properly. Dumping chemicals or paint down the drain isn't safe or environmentally acceptable. Hazardous household waste (HHW) requires special disposal. Contact your local environmental or waste management agency for information details.
  • Stop buying potentially hazardous items. Instead of buying cleaners or paint for your new walls before the move, wait until after you're in your new house. This eliminates a safety concern, making it easier to move the contents of your garage.
  • Ask the mover. Some chemicals, hazardous items, and flammable liquids require special permits or special methods to move. Talk to the moving company before packing up propane tanks, sterno fuel, kerosene, oil, gasoline, and other similar products.
  • Locate everything sharp. Avoid packing accidents by locating and isolating blades, sheers, and anything else that's sharp.
Always alert anyone else who is helping you pack (such as a professional moving company) if there are potential hazards in your garage. Clearly detail what and where the items are. This essential information can reduce accident and injury risks.

Wrap First

Tossing lawn shears, blades, and other similar sharp objects into a cardboard box simply won't cut it when it comes to packing up your garage. These items can easily slice through cardboard, which could potentially injure whoever carries the boxes.

Keep everyone safe and wrap sharp objects before packing them. If you still have the original boxes and interior packaging (such as Styrofoam) for such objects, use them. If not, carefully wrap sharp items in towels or quilts. Tape the ends together, making sure that the item won't fall out of the fabric.

Use Plastic Bins

Instead of flimsy cardboard boxes, place heavy, sharp, or potentially dangerous items in clear plastic bins. The bin adds an extra layer of protection, helping to prevent accidental injury.

Using clear plastic also allows you to see what items are in each bin. Along with labeling the bins, this is another safety feature that alerts whoever is carrying the item to its sharp/dangerous contents.

Empty Everything

Never attempt to move lawn mowers, gas-powered trimmers, snow blowers, or other similar items with gasoline or oil inside of them. Treat summer-time gardening and lawn items as if you were winterizing them. Drain or siphon the gas completely out of the tank and remove any sharp parts (such as a blade) to pack separately.

Cover With Plastic

Lawn furniture, your snow/summer tires, and any other oversized or awkward-to-pack items don't require boxes. Instead, use plastic sheeting or tarps to wrap them completely. Secure the plastic or tarp with packing tape, making sure that it won't slip off during the move.

If you aren't using clear plastic sheets, label each item with a sticker or a piece of masking tape. This helps both you and the movers know what is under the tarp and where it goes in the new house. Labeling items from the garage also makes it easier to store them in an off-site space during the move.

Are you getting ready to move? Contact us at Stuart's Moving & Storage, Inc. for more information and to help tackle packing up your garage.