Garages and tool sheds are probably the toughest areas of your home to pack for a move. The time-consuming sorting of your garage and the arduous packing of its contents will surely take up an enormous amount of time and efforts on your part, so make sure you never leave the “fun” garage packing experience for the last pre-move days when your energy is low and your motivation is down.
In fact, you should begin the huge project of packing your garage for a move as soon as your moving calendar lets you. Ask a friend or two for help if you feel that the task is too much to do on your own, but don’t make the mistake of postponing it until the last moment.
Sorting your garage before packing
First of all, you’re going to need plenty of packing materials to get the job done quickly and painlessly. Make sure you get hold of strong boxes of various sizes, bubble wrap, packing paper or newsprint, packing tape, re-sealable plastic bags, zip ties and color markers. Any old pieces of clothing, and especially towels, will come very handy as well.
Once you have the materials for packing your garage or tool shed ready, think of the best way to begin the sorting process. It’s best if you divide the entire storage space into individual sectors and work only one area at a time because that approach will save you plenty of valuable time and introduce a sense of order in your storage space.
Decide the fate of your garage items
Garages usually contain certain items which are not worth moving to your new home. Some possessions are dangerous and will not be allowed on the moving truck for safety reasons while others are just worthless and are better thrown away. Also, some of your belongings may be in good condition but of no real use for you anymore – consider giving them away to friends or donating them to charity.
Needless to say, all the garage items that you decide to take to your new house or apartment will need to be well packed for transportation.
How to pack your garage for moving
Hand tools are usually oddly shaped and usually have sharp edges, so be sure to protect the blades well and wrap the individual instruments in bubble wrap or old towels. Your long-handle garden tools will be better off grouped together and tied securely with a cord or zip ties.
Power tools should be disassembled as much as possible, and their detachable parts wrapped up separately but kept next to the main body during the move. Any gas operated pieces of machinery that you have should be emptied completely of fuel before being loaded onto the waiting moving truck.