Tips for Packing Your Garage
Every situation has its pros and cons. Even packing a garage converted to storage loaded with stuff has its own pros. It can be a great opportunity to have you garage stuff sorted, throw out the things you no longer need and use, checking on everything like tools and small machines if they are still in good and working condition, and many more.
The bad side of packing the garage is that there are some items in it (such as garage and garden tools) and some storage areas which will surely prove to be one of the toughest challenges you will meet during the packing period. These are the items that will consume your packing
Most of us have used our garage as our storage area that is why your garage will require a long time to be sorted out and packed up safely. That is why you should have a systematic way how to do that.
Start sorting out your garage items before packing. Moving experts believe that garages and tools sheds are the hardest and most time-consuming room to pack. And to simplify the task, sort out the garage stuff before packing them in a moving box. Sort out the stuff that you will take with you, those that you no longer use and need to throw away, things that you can give out to your friends or neighbors, and those that you may consider selling before moving out.
1.After you have confirmed that you will soon move, you need to plan out the stages and steps you should take, including packing each rooms of the house. If you will pack your garage first, make sure that you have extra small tools (like screw driver) on hand and unpacked that you can use just in case you need to dismantle other furniture in the other rooms.
2.Gather proper packing materials such a sturdy boxes, crates – if needed, rugs, cloth and linens, packing tape to secure your items and marker to mark all your moving boxes.
3.When packing your garage, start with grouping items of a similar size or shape together, like tools and garden shears.
4.Long garden tools, brooms and mops should be packed together.
5.Stuff like shovels, rakes, brooms; you can simply gather them together for your driver to bundle in a pad.
6.Smaller hand tools such as screwdrivers, wrenches, pliers, hammers should be in a dedicated toolbox and can be shut tight.
7.Use a small plastic re-sealable bags or Zip lock bags to keep tiny parts from being lost while they are being transported together. The small things such as bolts, nuts, screws, should accompany the main object they are taken from, either taped directly on it or placed beside it in the same moving box.
8.If you have any electric power tools, you can use their original packages for best protection. If not, detach any removable parts including batteries, coil the power cord around the tool, wrap the entire body in bubble wrap or a piece of clothing of the right size, and place the bundle into a moving box.
9.Gas powered tools such as lawnmowers, chainsaws, snow blowers or any other gas-operated tools cannot be transported until their fuel is drained.
10.Safely dispose the items that cannot be shipped like charcoal, pesticides, fertilizers, oil and gas.
11.There is a special way to pack up your bicycle. You should have to dismantle the bicycle and carefully packed each part.
12.For your lawn and patio furniture, clean and dismantle it as much as possible. Pack fragile parts like glass table tops carefully with a bubble wrap, linen or rags.
13.Dismantle children’s stuff such as swing sets, slides and climbing apparatus. Pack each part carefully and keep bolts, screws and other small parts in a bag and include it in the package.
14.If you have satellite connection and dish installed, contact the dealer or company, let them know that you are moving and pack the items carefully if you will be using the same service in your new location.
15.If you will be moving your barbecue grill, dispose of any unused charcoal. You also need to remove the tank as it cannot be transported in the moving van.
16.If you are moving from state to state, make sure if you can move your plants with you. If you are moving locally, ask your moving company if they have specifics on how to transport your plants.
17.If you are planning to take your trash cans with you, make sure that you clean them first. If your cans are sealed or have rollers, you may also pack your garage items in them, just don’t make them too heavy. You should also evaluate if it is cheaper to buy new cans rather than moving them with you.
18.When moving cars, minivans, pickup and trucks, they should have one quarter or less fuel in the gas tank. They should also be checked for any oil, battery acid or radiator fluid leaks. If you are moving a boat with you, it should be drained of all fuel and oil in the motor.
If you are still uncertain how to pack other things in your garage, seek a professional assistance by calling Puliz Moving & Storage on how to properly pack items that would be loaded in the moving truck.
In addition, you should also keep in mind these “Golden Rules” when packing a garage:
1.Do label each box with “GARAGE” or “FRAGILE” (whatever is appropriate). You may also include a detailed description of the contents of the moving box.
2.If it looks too complicated, before disassembling a certain item, take a photo of it for problem-free reassembly later on. If you still have the manual of it, that is much better.
3.Always keep the small parts and connectors or spare parts in sealed plastic bags or Zip locks and make sure they travel in the same box with the body they came from.
4.Start packing your garage earlier or call a friend or two to help you during this transitional period.
5.When things get out of hand, there are always professional moving assistance companies that you can call anytime.