How to Pack a Garage When Moving

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How to Pack a Garage When Moving

 

Most people don’t immediately think about their garage when moving and tend to pack this area of the home last.

garage clutterSince the garage represents an area where many different items are stored, PHA likes to pack this area first.  Why?  This is the room where many items can be purged, and by getting it packed up first, the boxes can be staged leaving room to store additional boxes from the interior of the home.

But, the garage is also where most of the bulky items and tools are located. Here are some tips to successfully pack your garage for an organized move:

Drain all liquids, gasoline, oils, etc. from gas-powered machines.  If you gas mowercan, purchase protective covers specifically designed for your lawn mower, chain saws and/or grills. These covers are a great investment and help minimize damage during the moving process.  Be sure to pack all attachments separately in a well-marked box.

Gather all your tools and sort them by size… any tools with sharp edges need to be bubble-wrapped for protection and then wrapped in packing paper.  PHA always rights “sharp!” on the outside of the paper so the person unpacking is aware of its contents. These tools then get packed in a strong box.  Large/long tools can be bundled together with twine for transport.

For lawn furniture – fold down as much as possible before the moving company arrives in order to save some time. 

outdoor umbrellaAlso, if you have a table umbrella, wash it and allow it to dry. Then close it and place it in a mattress bag to keep it clean during the moving process.

Follow these tips and you, too, will be on your way to having an organized move.

 

 

 

An organized move is a happy move!

 

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Rainmaker
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Thanks for the tips on packing the garage. Thia area is such a catch all for everything. I'm sure sellers will benefit from this when they are moving out of their homes.

Betty

Sep 05, 2012 09:31 AM #34
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Julia... such kind words.  Thank you very much!!

Betty... I hope these tips help all of your sellers. Thanks for stopping by!

Sep 05, 2012 09:38 AM #35
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I had a messy expereince with a undrained lawn mower a couple of moves ago! One caveat I would emphasis is to leave out any tools that you could need to break down things that take up alot of space. Or maybe a screw driver if you need to take a door off a hinge to get the couch out the door. 

Sep 05, 2012 10:02 AM #36
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Hi Rosalie... yes, keeping a small took kit available at both the old location and new location is very important!  Thanks for the reminder!

Sep 05, 2012 10:21 AM #37
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Peggy...I couldn't agree more! I always like to start with the garage and then the basement.

Sep 05, 2012 10:46 AM #38
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So true, Goran, since both places generally have items that are not used on a daily basis and can be packed ahead of time!

Sep 05, 2012 11:20 AM #39
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I like your ideals, Peggy and I'm happy you're in this area.  I'll keep you in mind for future transactions.

Sep 05, 2012 05:16 PM #40
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Thanks so much Bryan... appreciate your thoughtfulness :)

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Peggy - Garages are just a pain sometimes, and you've given ideas to make it easier.  Also, you've just reminded me, I noticed how dirty the umbrella gets the other day.

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Hi Peggy -- and by packing, clearing and cleaning the garage when your home is on the market -- it will show soooo much better too.  

Sep 06, 2012 12:14 AM #43
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Christine.... it's easy to not notice some things around us because we're so used to looking at them!  Good luck with your umbrella cleaning :)

Michael... so true...

Sep 06, 2012 08:01 AM #44
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Peggy - you have some super suggestions in this post. The garage is the last thing packed, and the least planned in my house. 

Sep 08, 2012 05:12 PM #45
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Peggy  Packing the garage can be an overwhelming task and the ideas you shared will really help.

Sep 09, 2012 12:02 AM #46
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I know, Tom...and, yet it holds the most amount of items that are rarely used!!

Jennifer... thanks for your visit and kind words.

Sep 09, 2012 06:48 AM #47
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Peggy,  I would imagine many people would think to pack the garage last.  Your reason for packing it first is so spot on! That's why you do what you do ... you know what you are doing and are great at it.  Lots of good tips here as well.  Congrats on the Feature. 

Sep 09, 2012 09:24 AM #48
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Hi Kathleen... the feature was appreciated!  And, thanks also to Kathy Streib for re-blogging.... it seems so logical to me to begin packing from the outside in...but, to homeowners, it just doesn't occur to them :)

Sep 09, 2012 10:37 AM #49
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Donna Foerster
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Peggy~ The last time we moved (6 years ago) we moved the garage stuff ourselves in the bed of our truck.  We didn't do much packing and probably should have!

Sep 09, 2012 04:21 PM #50
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Donna... that's so funny. Guess you weren't going too far!!!!

Sep 09, 2012 05:13 PM #51
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No, about 8 miles total.

Sep 12, 2012 05:08 PM #52
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Donna - one's gotta do what one's gotta do    :)

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