Garages and storage sheds typically take the longest to
prepare for moving, as they are filled with odd-shaped, sharp or heavy
items that require special care to pack correctly.
Professional movers recommend
starting by safely disposing of items that cannot be shipped, like
pesticides, fertilizers, oil and gas. See our list of Items That Cannot
Be Shipped. Next, group items of a similar size or shape together, like
long-handled tools with pruning shears. Then, make sure you have an
assortment of moving boxes and newsprint to properly wrap and cushion
Long-handled garden tools, as well as brooms and mops,
should be bundled together securely for moving. Attachments should be
removed from power tools and packed separately.
- Hand tools may be left in toolboxes. Fill spaces
with crushed paper, or pack according to general packing rules. Always
use small cartons for heavy tools.
- Use old towels to wrap and tape any sharp-edged
Power tools must be completely drained of oil and
gas before moving.
Rakes & Brooms
Shovels, rakes, brooms and the like need not be
packed; gather them together for your mover to bundle in a pad.
Lawn & Patio Furniture
Remove cushions and clean frames. Pack pads in a
large moving carton or wardrobe box.
Keep umbrellas clean and dry during moving by
wrapping them in paper padding or a plastic bag and taping shut. Do not
pack the weighted umbrella stand.
Dispose of any unused charcoal. Remove tank -- it
cannot be transported in the moving van. See our list of Items That
Cannot Be Shipped.
Before moving day, dismantle TV antennas, garden sheds,
and swing sets that you plan to take with you.
- Place small hardware in a plastic bag or old coffee
can and label.
- If possible, securely attach the parts bag to
- Prepare lawn mower by safely draining gasoline prior
to moving day.
Pots and Planters
Pack small ceramic or pottery planters for moving like
any fragile item: individually wrapped with plenty of cushioning. If you
plan to move any large or unusual planters, consult your moving
You'll need to re-pack boxes that are torn or falling
apart, or that cannot be sealed. This is often the case with items found
in attics and crawl spaces, like seasonal decorations and toys.
It may be easier just to buy new garbage cans at your
- Clean cans if you plan to take them with you.
- If your cans are sealable or rollable, you may
pack items in them, just don't make them too heavy.
Consult with your Relocation Consultant on the
- riding mower
- gas-powered leaf blower
- snow blower
- motor scooter
- above-ground swimming pool
- hot tub
- satellite dish
- storage shed
- swing set
- jungle gym
- dog house or kennel
If you're not sure about any item, just ask your