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Tips on Packing Your Garage When Moving

Things to do before proffesional packers arrive

Packing your garage and tool shed for the move can be some of the most difficult tasks of your moving process. First, you will have to sort through your garage, and then take on the difficult task of packing your garage for the move. A good moving company can go a long way to help you with the packing and Long Distance Moving Experts does not disappoint. Because of the enormous amount of effort and time that you are going to have to invest to pack your garage, never leave packing your garage for last as you might not have enough energy or motivation to tackle the difficult task. You should begin to pack your garage as soon as you can. Do whatever you have to do to make packing your garage easier, like asking your friends to help you to pack the garage.

Sort out the items in your garage

Garages are very difficult to pack because of the amount and variety of things that you can find in them. All of which you will have to sort through and then pack. You, like most everyone else, are probably also using your garage to store all the belongings that you do not currently have room for in the home. Think about the best way to start sorting through all of the stuff in your garage. Dividing the garage into separate sections and work through one section at a time. This approach will help you to save a lot of time and bring some sense of order into the garage. Set up two piles when you begin sorting through your garage. The first pile will have the items that you plan to take with you, and the second will hold all the items that you will not be taking with you when you move.

Do not pack items that are forbidden to transport

As you go through all the items in your garage, remember that the moving company can not transport some household objects because they are hazardous and risky to move. And naturally, most of these hazardous household items are stored in the garage. For safety reasons, do not pack anything corrosive, flammable, and explosive. These items include but are not limited to:

  1. oils, 
  2. fuel, 
  3. chemicals, 
  4. paint, 
  5. paint thinner,
  6. car batteries, 
  7. propane tanks, etc.

If you are moving a short distance, you could transport a few of the less dangerous items in your own car, but be warned these items could cause damage to your car and even to you. However, professional moving companies will refuse to allow any of these items onto their moving truck. So, the best thing that you can do is to find a safe way to dispose of the dangerous items before you move.

Selling your things

Before you can begin to pack your garage, you will have to decide what you will do with all the things you are not going to move. If most of the stuff in the garage are in good condition, don’t pay to get them moved to your new home but sell them instead. This goes for all the items that you’re not taking with you. A general rule of thumb is to sell any item that you have not used in more than a year. You can sell them at a garage sale, or online using sites such as Ebay and Craigslist .

Getting packing supplies

The best and safest way to pack your garage items is to use the correct packing supplies. If you can afford to, buy brand new packing materials. If your moving budget doesn’t allow it, then look for ways to get as many high-quality packing supplies for free.

  • Moving boxes: Make sure that you use strong and dry moving boxes to pack your garage. Prepare cardboard boxes in many different sizes because of all the miscellaneous items that you will have to pack into them.
  • Bubble wrap: When packing your garage, you will need a lot of bubble wrap because of the many sharp and oddly-shaped objects you will have to pack.
  • Furniture blankets: These well-padded moving blankets are perfect for packing items in a garage, but you can substitute them with regular blankets.
  • Plastic bags: Get plenty of small resealable plastic bags where you can keep all of your small garage items in.
  • Markers. You will need markers to label your moving boxes so that they will be easier to unpack.

Learn how to pack garage tools

Your garage will most likely be full of tools of many different sizes, shapes, types, and powered by electricity or gas.

  • Packing hand tools

Pack most of your smaller hand tools and move them in your toolbox. If you do not have a toolbox, then pack you will have to wrap your tools in furniture blankets and pack them into sturdy small cardboard boxes. Wrap garden tools with sharp edges with pieces of bubble wrap, do this to all of your spades, rakes, shears, scythes, etc., then secure the bubble wrap with bits of string. Make sure to pack together all of your garden tools that have long handles, secure their blades, then wrap them together using moving blankets.

  • Packing power tools

Pack all of your power tools in their original packages. If you do not have the original boxes, then you should use sturdy cardboard boxes that are of a similar size. First, you should remove all of the detachable parts, including the battery pack, then wrap the tools power cord around the main body of the tool. Wrap the power tool in a furniture blanket and pack it into a suitable sturdy moving box. Before you pack any gas-operated tools in furniture blankets, make sure that you siphon all the remaining fuel out of the fuel tanks.

  • Packing many different garage items

When you want to pack your garage when moving, you are likely to contain an overwhelming number of oddly-shaped objects. The best thing to do here is to use your common sense and be creative when deciding the best way to pack your garage.

    • Patio furniture: Clean pieces of outdoor furniture well, then disassemble them as much as you can so you can make transporting them more manageable. Remove all the padding and cushions from patio chairs and check that they are perfectly dry before you pack them. Make sure that you wrap all of your lawn furniture pieces in protective blankets before you pack it.
    • Bicycle: Mostly, you will not have to disassemble your bike as you can just load it onto the moving truck. If you are really strapped for space, then you might consider using special techniques to pack your bicycle.
    • Motorcycle: If you own a motorbike and you want to safely move it to your new home instead of driving it there, then you will be pleased to hear that our car shipping services can move it for you.
    • Car: If you want to ship your vehicle to your new home, then you will have to get in touch with our car shipping services which can help you move your car to and from anywhere in the country. 


When you want to pack your garage for the move, know that it is made more difficult by the simple number of miscellaneous items that can be found in there. If you still feel intimidated by the difficult task, or if you simply do not have the time to pack your garage, then get in touch with our professional packers at Long Distance Moving Experts  who can help you to move to your new home. Contact our Long Distance Moving Experts  customer service staff to schedule our services, and if you have any questions or concerns about the move.