Guide to packing power tools and garage equipment

Packing a garage is usually something that people leave for last when moving house. That is because it is probably the most difficult room to pack. There are plenty of odd-shaped things in everyone’s garage. And it can be quite the problem trying to pack and move everything. However, that does not mean that you should just give up on your garage. Even though it is hard, it is not impossible! If you need help packing power tools and garage equipment, here are some tips that will make the task incredibly easy!

Before packing power tools and garage equipment, sort out the mess

As it usually goes, we use garages for anything and everything we don’t know where to actually put. However, that means that a lot could be lurking there. That is why it is necessary to sort through the mess. You need to actually create three piles – the things you will take with you, the things you will give away/sell and the things you will store. Ask yourself whether you’ve used some things. If not, then you know what to do. If it is possible that you use it, or that you will need it at some point, either take it or store it.

Also, it is good to think about the place to which you’re moving. That is, if you’re moving to an apartment, it’s safe to say that you won’t be needing that rake you had in your previous house. The same goes for any other gardening tool you may have. This process is generally useful even when you’re simply organizing your garage, let alone when you’re moving.

A messy garage
First, sort out the mess

Organize a garage/yard sale

When you’ve divided the things in your garage into three parts, then it’s time for action. There are many benefits to organizing a garage sale. First, you most likely need to declutter. This will help you when you pack later, as you will have fewer things to pack. With this, you’ve made packing power tools and garage equipment incredibly easier. Another major advantage of organizing a garage sale is that you can earn money. Therefore, it will also be beneficial for your wallet. In addition, you can also give away the things you don’t need. Ask around, see if any of your family members or friends need anything.

Make a checklist

As with any task, the most important thing is to be organized. Once you’ve got rid of unnecessary things, you’re left with the storage pile and the packing pile. The best thing to do now is to make a list of your belongings. This is a vital part of any essential moving checklist. It will help you keep track of your things during the stressful period of packing and moving.

When in doubt, hire professionals

Some people believe that packing power tools and garage equipment are too difficult for them. And, with the number of other things to be done during the move, they may simply not want to deal with it. If you find yourself in such a situation, then it is perhaps best to use professional services.

Many moving companies offer the service of packing and unpacking. However, when choosing the right moving company, make sure to get a few moving quotes. Packing and unpacking usually need to be paid additionally, so check how much that would cost. You don’t want to see the cost later on.

Man leaning on his hand, looking concerned
If you’re overwhelmed, it is best to hire professionals

Gather supplies

When packing power tools and garage equipment, it is necessary to remember that they are odd-shaped and come in different sizes. But the main rule of packing still applies – first gather the things you will need.

  • Boxes. You need quite sturdy boxes and they need to come in various sizes. If you want to save money on packing supplies, you can contact places that give away free boxes. That way, the boxes are recycled and you saved some cash.
  • Bubble wrap and packing paper.
  • Packing tape.
  • Moving blankets.

Packing power tools

It is most likely that you have kept the original box of your power tools. In that case, simply return them to their original boxes and secure them. If you don’t have the original box, wrap the power tools in bubble wrap and put them in smaller boxes. Don’t put too many power tools into one box, because they are quite heavy. Also, make sure to remove any parts that can be detached, as well as the batteries. Put them into a Ziploc bag, and then pack them in the box with the main part. When closing the box with packing tape, secure the top and the bottom part well.

Packing gas-powered tools

If you have a chain saw or a leaf/snow blower or a lawnmower, you need to completely empty them of fuel before packing. When packing power tools and garage equipment, people often forget to do this. However, this is really hazardous and you should never skip this step. Most moving companies don’t want to transport gas-powered tools with fuel.

Then, once you’ve drained all fuel, put cardboard or packing paper around sparkplugs. You can’t usually put gas-powered tools into a box, because of their size and shape. Take care when you’re packing the moving truck. You need to tie them down to prevent damage.

Packing hand tools and small gardening tools

If possible, put hand tools into their toolbox. If you don’t have it, put the tools into a relatively small box. You can wrap them in bubble wrap before you put them in the box to prevent any tool from piercing the box and causing damage. Then secure the box with tape, top and bottom, as before.

Hammer, pliers, screwdriver and other tools on floor
Put hand tools into the toolbox

When it comes to small gardening tools, the procedure is a bit different. Since they are mostly too sharp, it is best if you wrap every tool in packing paper. Again, if you want to save money, you can wrap them in newspapers. Put them in a medium-sized box and fill the leftover space with more packing paper or newspaper. Make sure, once again, to secure the box on the top and bottom.

Packing larger tools

You should gather all the long gardening tools you have. Then, tie them with string or packing tape. Wrap them in moving blankets and secure them once again with tape. If you want to additionally secure the sharp end of the tools, you can secure them with bubble wrap before you put the moving blanket.

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