Garages and storage sheds typically take the longest to pack, as they are filled
with odd-shaped, sharp or heavy items that require specail care to pack correctly.
Start 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
boxes and newsprint to properly wrap and cushion items.
Long-handled garden tools, as well as
brooms and mops, should be bundled together securely.
Attachments should be removed from power tools and
- Hand tools may be left in tool boxes and the spaces filled with crushed paper,
or they may be packed according to general packing rules. Always use small cartons
for heavy tools.
- Use old towels to wrap and tape any sharp-edged tools.
Rakes & Brooms
Shovels, rakes, brooms and the like need not be packed;
gather them together for your driver to bundle in a pad.
Lawn & Patio Furniture
Remove pads and clean frames. Pack pads in large carton or wardrobe.
Keep it clean and dry during transport by wrapping it in
paper padding or a plastic bag and taping shut. Do not
pack the weighted umbrella stand.
Select an item and pack it right!
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 children's swing sets, TV antennas and garden sheds you plan to take
- Place small hardware in a plastic bag or old coffee
can and label.
- If the parts bag can be securely attached to corresponding equipment, all the better.
- Prepare lawn mower by safely draining gasoline prior to loading day.
Pots and Planters
Pack small ceramic or pottery planters like any fragile item - individually wrapped with plenty of cushioning.
If you plan to move any large or unusual planters, consult your moving professional.
It may be easier just to buy new garbage cans at your destination.
- 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.
You have the option of moving your vehicles with your household goods, or separately by using one
an automotive transport service providers.
Consult with your moving professional on the following items found out and around your home:
- riding mower
- gas 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 moving professional.