Garages and tool sheds are one of the most difficult areas of your home to pack for a move. First comes the tough garage sorting task, followed closely by the arduous task of packing up your garage items for moving.
Considering the enormous amount of time and efforts you’ll need to invest in packing your garage for a move, you should never leave the “fun” garage packing experience for last when your energy levels get very low and your packing motivation gets even lower.
Ideally, you will be able to begin the important project of packing your garage for moving as soon as your moving checklist lets you. Whatever you need to do to tackle the garage packing job, you should not wait until the last minute. By then it will be to late. You should prepare and try to think outside the box.
Packing your garage for a move should not be too complicated as long as you follow these moving tips to pack your belongings in the garage for your move.
Cllasify your garage belongings !
Generally speaking, garages are difficult to pack due to the great number of items in them – all types of odds and ends that will need to be sorted out first and then packed up. Like most people, you probably use your garage as an effective storage area too – a place where you keep the things you don’t currently need inside your home.
Think about the best way to begin the garage sorting process. It’s best if you divide the entire storage space into individual sectors and work only one area at a time. It’s much simple because that approach will save you plenty of time and introduce a sense of order in your storage space.
Designate two separate piles while sorting out your garage items: Pile 1 with things you plan to move with you, and Pile 2 with garage stuff that you won’t move to the new home and yo plan to leave it behind.
How to do inventory of your items in the garage ?
Beware of all items forbidden for transport. As you’re sorting the garage items, you should be cereful that some household items are forbidden for transport due to their hazardous nature. And most of those dangerous ithings are usually stored in the garage.
For safety reasons, you’re not supposed to pack and transport anything that is flammable, corrosive and explosive in nature. Examples of such non-allowable items include but are not limited to fuel, oils, chemicals, car batteries, paint and paint thinners, propane tanks, and so on.
If you’re moving only a short distance, you might be willing to take the risk to transport some of the safer non-allowables with your own car. However, professional movers will refuse to load on their truck any of the hazardous items found in your garage. So, your best option is to find a safe way to dispose of those dangerous garage items prior to packing your garage for moving.
How to leave something behind among your garage items ?
Before you can move on to packing all the garage items sectioned off in the TAKE TO NEW HOME pile, you’re going to have to decide what you’ll do with all the stuff from the LEAVE BEHIND pile.
Some of the things in your garage will be in good condition but of no real use for you anymore. And if so, then don’t pay to get them moved to your new garage – it’s not worth it. Instead, you can try and sell them at a garage sale.
Of course, you should try to sell not only the garage items you’re not moving with you, but also the no longer wanted things from the rest of your home. If you haven’t used any items in more than a year, then you don’t really need to hold on onto them, don,t you
Conduct garage sale to earn some cash and help out your tight moving budget. But you can always donate your unwanted garage items to charity.
The best way to pack your garage for moving is to use the right types of packing materials. If you can afford to get those packing materials brand new, then you should do it. On the other hand, if you’re moving on a budget, then consider getting hold of free moving boxes.
First of all you need to make sure the boxes you use are strong and dry. Prepare cardboard boxes of different sizes because of the miscellaneous items you’ll pack inside them.
Also plenty of bubble wrap is aways a good idea when packing your garage items due to the many sharp and oddly-shaped items you’ll have to make safe. Bubble wrap is the best when it comes to protecting your items.
Further so you will need numerous furniture blankets to protect your garage items for the move. The well-padded moving blankets are ideal for the packing job, but you’re welcome to also use regular old blankets.
Prepare many small re-sealable plastic bags to keep small garage items from getting lost.
You’ll need also a color markers to label the moving boxes once you’ve packed them.
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How to pack garage tools ?
Without a doubt, your garage will be full of tools – both hand tools of various types, shapes and sizes, and electric or gas-driven power tools and you need to learn how to pack garage tools for their safety
If possible, pack most of your smaller hand tools such as screwdrivers, wrenches, pliers, hammers, etc. in your toolbox. If you don’t have a toolbox, then pack those tools in furniture blankets and place them inside sturdy small boxes.
Wrap pieces of bubble wrap around any garden tools with sharp edges such as rakes, spades, gardening shears, scythes, etc., then secure the plastic wrapping material with pieces of string. Also, group together any garden tools with long handles (brooms, rakes, shovels, etc.), then wrap in moving blankets but have their open blades secured fist.
Pack electric power tools in their original packages for best protection – if not, use strong cardboard boxes of similar sizes. First, remove any detachable parts, including the battery pack, then wrap the power cord around the main body of the electric tool. Wrap the whole power tool in a furniture blanket and transfer into a suitable cardboard box.
How to pack chainsaws and such ?
Before packing any gas-operated machinery (lawnmowers, chainsaws, snow blowers, and so on) with furniture blankets, make sure you siphon out any remaining fuel from their tanks.
Pholosophy of packing various garage items !
One thing to always keep in mind when packing up your garage for moving is that it’s likely to contain an overwhelming number of awkward and oddly-shaped things. The best packing advice here is to use your common sense and be flexible and creative when choosing the best ways to pack your garage items.
If you still feel overwhelmed by the difficult task, or if you just don’t have enough time to pack your garage on your own, then get in touch with INTERMOVE Sarajevo and we are going to be pleased to help you in every step of the way.