When you think of packing up your home for a big move, you may focus on getting everything into boxes so it can be picked up by your movers. While that may work great for the items inside your home, your garage is a different story. Here are some tips for getting your garage ready for an upcoming move.
Get Rid Of The Chemicals
Were you aware that many chemicals cannot be transported in a moving truck? This includes fertilizer, motor oil, and gasoline. The inside of a moving truck can become hot, and these flammable items have the potential to start a fire. That is why you need to properly dispose of the chemicals before your move.
While you can look into the process to safely dispose of chemicals, consider giving them to friends, family, or neighbors. They may appreciate having some extra fertilizer for their lawn or gasoline for their lawnmower, and you'll not have to go through the hassle of getting rid of it.
Keep in mind that you need to empty your lawn mower and power tools of gasoline as well, since leaving gasoline in the device is just as big of a hazard.
Pack Tools In Their Original Boxes
It is a good idea to hold onto the original packaging for power tools, especially if you know you are going to be moving soon. It will make it much easier to pack those odd shaped items, like a weed whacker or a chainsaw, if you have the box they came in.
It's okay if you do not have the original box. Try to use a moving box that the item will fit inside, and then cover sharp edges of tools with additional padding. Sharp objects can easily penetrate through cardboard, and you want to be careful when handling them during a move.
Organize Tools When Packing
Now may be a good time to finally organize your tools in the garage. Small items, like nails, screws, and bolts, can go into a tackle box. It keeps things organized, and prevents the items from shifting around and becoming a mess. It may even be worth getting a tool box for small hand tools and then taking it with you in your vehicle. Having the tools on hand will make life easier as you start unpacking and assembling furniture.
Contact a service, like Warners Moving & Storage, for more tips about packing up your home's garage.