When it comes to preparing to move, there is a lot that goes on a homeowner’s to do list. Everything from scheduling the logistics, creating a moving timeline and packing. For many people one of the last items on their to do list is packing their garage. It often gets put off because of the sheer volume and awkwardness of the items.
However, there is no reason to feel burdened by the thought of packing your garage. Here are a few tips to make tackling the space not so overwhelming.
- Create a Packing Timeline
If your garage has become a dumping ground for unwanted goods, the thought of packing may be a bit daunting. Assess the size of the job and how long you anticipate it will take you before you start. Then set a realistic timeframe for getting it all done. Maybe you work on the garage for a few hours each day instead of just doing it all in one day. Make a plan that works for you.
- Determine What You Want to Move Before You Pack
Don’t fall into the trap of just blindly packing items that you no longer need or want to try to speed up the process. Spend a few extra minutes on the front end and pull out items you do not want in your new place and then hold a garage sale or donate those items to a local charity. Your work upfront will save you time and a mess at your new home.
- Sort Your Items By Size and Shape
To speed up the packing process, group items of similar size and shape together. For instance, screwdrivers and other tools can be wrapped with pruning shears. Long-handled garden tools can be packed with brooms and mops.
- Pack with Proper Materials
Chances are the items in your garage are oddly shaped and heavy. Make sure you get the right packing materials to handle your garage items including bubble wrap, heavy-duty boxes, packing tape and moving blankets.
- Label Your Boxes Clearly
When packing a garage to move, it’s essential to label all of your boxes properly. This will help you avoid mistakes and identification errors when it comes time to unpack. The last thing you want is for those heavy, awkward items to be delivered inside and then have to move them back to the garage once your moving help leaves. When labeling, don’t just label your boxes with GARAGE, but also with FRAGILE or THIS SIDE UP, if necessary.
- Know What You Can’t Pack
Most garages have hazardous materials which are unsafe to pack and move to a new home. Make sure you properly dispose of flammable items such as aerosol cans, paint, gasoline, charcoal, propane tanks, fertilizers, pesticides, chemicals and cleaning supplies which are dangerous to pack.
These tips will help you to pack your garage more effectively, however, if you feel like this task to too tough or is something you don’t have time to tackle, contact a professional moving company.
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