How to Prepare Your Garage for Moving

The majority of individuals don’t prioritize packing and moving the garage. This is all because it isn’t the main room when they move. But in reality, it must eventually be packaged. Additionally, the garage and shed are excellent places to start packing and moving because they contain a lot of non-essential items. Stuff like seasonal decor, gardening equipment, and supplemental tools.

The following advice covers everything from how to pack boxes efficiently to how to tidy the garage for a simpler move. You can transform from wanting to hide inside a box to packing like a pro by following a few easy tips!

Donate Your Items and Purge Your Home

The garage frequently serves as a dumping ground for everything. Including seasonal outdoor equipment and abandoned hobbies. Those possessions can accumulate over time, so clearing them out before packing can make a big impact.

If they haven’t been grouped before, start by doing so. For instance, sporting goods, tools, garden supplies, holiday decorations, and any other categories you think essential. Then, examine each thing one by one and ask:

  • Do I use this?
  • Should I use this?
  • Is this going to fit in my new house or garage?
  • Is this something I’ve used recently?

It’s probably time to part with the item if you chose “no” to any of the questions above. Decide whether to sell or donate the remaining items after disposing of anything that is no longer useful.

  • Sell: Expensive garage things like power tools and other equipment may be worth selling on Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, or neighborhood buy-and-sell groups. Have a lot of things you need to get rid of? Think about having a garage sale. You can add items that have been cleared out of the rest of your house. Additionally, it’s a fantastic way to get the kids moving.
  • Donate: Organizations like Habitat for Humanity will accept anything from usable wood scraps to paint cans that are only partially full. Remember that flammable items like paint and varnish won’t be taken by movers. The alternative, which frequently isn’t worthwhile, is to transport them in your car.

It’s Best to Buy Packing Materials

Obtaining packing supplies for a garage can be difficult because of the assortment of products. However, generally speaking, you should choose:

  • Boxes made of cardboard in various sizes. For heavy products, be sure to include a couple of double-walled containers.
  • Box insulating. Use whatever you can think of to pad boxes and fill in gaps, including packing paper, newspaper, bubble wrap, and old towels.
  • Moving blankets, wraps, and tie-down straps are commonly used. Ideal for gathering objects into bundles and securing them inside a moving truck.

Carry Garage Equipment

Set away the packing and unpacking tools before starting to box up the garage. This should at the very least contain a measuring tape, some screwdrivers, pliers, a wrench, and a hammer. When it comes to disassembling furniture, removing wall hardware, and other packing activities, you’ll be grateful you didn’t have to send out a search team for tools.

Power Tool

Power tools are difficult to pack because of their strange forms and weight. To make the process easier, you should:

  • Pad-pointed objects, such as blades. Sharp edges can either be covered with bubble wrap or used towels. Or they can be taken out. If choosing the latter, cushion them before putting them in a Ziploc bag (one bag per tool). Label the bag clearly, then tape it to the side of the appropriate tool or place it in a different box.
  • When possible, place the tool back in its original box or case; if not, layer it in bubble wrap.
  • Fill moving crates with tools. The number you can fit in each box will depend on the size and weight of the power tool.

Garden Equipment

Lawnmowers, snowblowers, and other large equipment should be strapped to the moving vehicle. These objects will be among the final things you load on moving days because they are too big to box. Don’t neglect to tie them down because their huge weight combined with their propensity for rolling can easily inflict damage.

Carry shovels, hoes, rakes, and brooms in a bundle. To do this, roll up 3 to 5 tools in a moving blanket after bundling them with tape or rope.

Safeguard Your Appliances While Garage Moving

According to the manufacturer’s instructions, larger appliances like garage refrigerators and freezers should be prepared. If you are concerned about damage, put them in a moving blanket after that. Disassembling patio furniture and other furniture is a good idea. Similar to packaging dining room furniture, bubble wrap or a moving blanket should be used to protect any delicate items.

Possess smaller devices, such as a garage door opener? When it has been uninstalled, put it back in its original box or a box of comparable size. Fill in any gaps and cushion the box’s sides with bubble wrap or packing paper.

Put Similar Items in Groups and Label the Boxes

If you didn’t already when decluttering, group the unpacked objects in the remaining space of the garage. It may seem pointless and tedious, but it is vital for a stress-free relocation because it will make packing simple and unpacking even simpler. After that, group like items together and give the box the appropriate label.

In Summary

Due to anything from sharp equipment to troves of seasonal décor, packing and moving the garage frequently feels daunting. However, you can manage it quite fine. With a little order and hard work, the items in your garage will be carefully packed and prepared for unpacking at your new house!

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