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Garage, Hobby Room, Storage Room Packing Tips

Garages and storage sheds can often take the longest to prepare for a move, as they are filled with odd-shaped, sharp or heavy items, which require special care to pack correctly. Below, you can find an assortment of garage packing tips, storage room packing tips and more to help you along with your moving.

Professional movers recommend starting by safely disposing of items which can’t be shipped, such as pesticides, fertilizers, oil and gas—you can refer to our list of items that cannot be shipped. Next, group items of similar size or shape together, such as long-handled tools with pruning shears. You should ensure that you have an assortment of moving boxes and newsprint to properly wrap and cushion items.

Long-handled garden tools, as well as broom and mops, should be bundled together for a secure move. Attachments should be removed from power tools and packed separately.

  • Use old towels to wrap and tape any sharp-edged tools.
  • Hand tools may be left in toolboxes. Fill spaces with crushed paper or pack according to general packing rules.
Rakes & Brooms
Shovels, rakes, brooms and other like items do not need to be packed; gather them together for your mover to bundle in a pad.

Lawn & Patio Furniture
Remove cushions and clean frames. Pack pads in a large moving carton or wardrobe box.

Keep umbrellas clean and dry during moving by wrapping them in paper padding or a plastic bag and taping shut. Don't pack the weighted umbrella stand.

Dispose of unused charcoal. Remove tank as it cannot be transported in the moving van.

Outdoor Equipment
Before moving day, dismantle TV antennas, garden sheds and swing sets which you are taking with you.

  • Place small hardware in a plastic bag or old coffee can and label.
  • If possible, securely attach the parts bag to corresponding equipment using duct tape or something similar.
  • Prepare lawn mower by safely draining gasoline before moving day.
  • Pots and Planters
Pack small ceramic or pottery planters moving like any fragile item: individually wrapped with plenty of cushioning present. If you are going to be moving large or unusual planters, consult your moving professional.

Trash Cans
You may want to just purchase new garbage cans at your destination.

  • Clean cans if you are going to take them with you.
  • If cans are sealable or rollable, you may pack items in them, just don't make it too heavy.
Consult with your Relocation Consultant on the following items:

  • gas-powered leaf blower
  • moped
  • hot tub
  • storage she
  • jungle gym
  • dog house or kennel
  • riding mower
  • snow blower
  • motor scooter
  • trampoline
  • above-ground swimming pool
  • satellite dish
  • swing set

If you are not positive about an item, just ask your relocation consultant, as they’ll be happy to help you coordinate these and other moving preparations.