Moving is a big undertaking, says Brent Larson at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® San Francisco, CA. Packing the garage and storage shed for moving can be a little more time consuming than you first think. These areas are usually filled with an odd mix of items, from lawn mowers to weed whackers to racks and hoes. These areas also hold items that can be harmful if they spill or leak such as fertilizer, gas, antifreeze and oils.

As with all your packing endeavors, you need to sort through the items to decide what to move and what to sell or give away. If you’re moving a short distance, then moving most items will save you from repurchasing them later; however, if you’re downsizing to a home that has a smaller yard or a condo where pruning shears just won’t be needed, try to sell your unwanted items before you move.

Also it could be dangerous to transport certain garage items such as gasoline, oil or paint. Before you pack these items you should find out what you can and cannot transport to ensure your things are safe.

Packing Tips

Gas-powered Items

These items are usually an odd shape, heavy and awkward – not easily packable. To prepare these items for moving, drain them of all harmful liquids. This includes oil and gas from lawn mowers, weed whackers and chain saws.

Purchase protective covers for chain saws, lawn mower blades and grills.

Remove all attachments and pack these separately in well-protected boxes. Label them accordingly.

Remove and empty propane tanks from barbecue grills and purge the hose thoroughly. Make sure lids and all parts are secured.


Collect all tools that are the same length and secure them together using strong plastic tabs or cord.

Keep small tools in the toolbox. For tools that do not fit or if you do not have a toolbox, use a strong box and pack the items well to ensure they don’t shift during the move.

Use bubble wrap, old rags or linens to protect any sharp edges or blades before you pack them. If you’re packing sharp-edged tools in a box, make sure you properly label it to make sure whoever is unpacking the items is aware of the contents.

Lawn and Deck Furniture

Clean furniture and dismantle it as much as possible, including the umbrella from the table, table legs, and any glass table tops. Place chair padding in a separate box or clear garbage bags that can be used to cushion other items on the moving truck.

Wash down the umbrella, let it dry then collapse it and use a mattress bag to wrap it. Secure the plastic bag by winding packing tape around it. If you prefer, bundle the umbrella with other same-sized tools.

 Children’s Outdoor Play Items and Outdoor Equipment

Dismantle all swing sets, slides and climbing apparatus. Keep bolts, screws and other small parts in a strong, clear plastic bag. Secure this to one of the larger pieces of equipment or store it in a box that is properly labeled. If the equipment seems complicated, write down the steps you’re taking to dismantle it so when you go to set it back up again, you can read your instructions backwards to reassemble it.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the largest franchised moving company inNorth America. It includes more than 200 locations and more than 1,300 trucks on the road. Each location is independently owned and operated, and sells boxes and packing supplies. Locations complete both home and business moves, as well as packing and unpacking services. 

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