Father's Day Edition: How to Pack Your Garage, Toolshed, Or Workshop

Pack Your GarageBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

So, you're moving. No matter whether it's a local move in Houston or possibly a long-distance move to Houston, you are going to need to pack all your "stuff" and get it to your new residence. Let's face it…there is often a specific distribution of labor in many households in terms of moving--one spouse oversees the house, and the other is in charge of the garage along with shed. It's the sort of thing that sends teenagers into a mania, that Mom packs the house and Dad packs the garage. Go ahead and urge them to step up and help wherever they choose--if it is somewhere, you won't judge.

Power tools and fishing poles--excuse me, fly rods--and mowers have long been the man's area, and the majority of guys choose to sort and pack their own area than have a ruthless partner come through with an armload of trash bags and zero consideration for the emotional value of a busted wrench. You could take the easy way out and contact a professional moving company to pack and move the whole thing for you….then you don't have to peruse any further. However, in case you are planning to load up the garage, workshop and shed for your move to Houston, you will appreciate these pointers to get it carried out.

What You Should Have

Collect the packing and padding equipment you'll need. These are classified as the necessities.

· Boxes along with newsprint, bubble wrap, or other protecting padding

· Plastic containers

· Twine or rope

· Tape

· Old, thicker stockings

· Plastic storage containers in various sizes

· Baggies in various sizes

· Markers and labels

· Construction-grade trash bags

Your local moving company in Houston may provide clients used boxes as well as other moving equipment at a cost-effective charge, consequently you may want to consult with them prior to shelling out list price for materials at a neighborhood store.

"Curate" Your Stuff

Now's the time to sort through all your tools and clear away all the duplicates and the stuff you are not going to use. On your initial pass with a waste bag, pick up random bits of cardboard, plastic, rope, papers, and everything else that is just plain garbage. Look through everything and decide to donate, sell, or throw whatever you are not likely to use--be honest, various pursuits never quite take off and do you really wish to move all that old ham radio equipment?

Have a, what's it known as? A yard sale to reduce everything you do not want or give away usable goods to an group such as Habitat for Humanity. They will likely come pick it up.

Packing Recommendations

You happen to be right, packing up the kitchen is easy--pretty much everything fits in boxes. Post hole diggers and leaf blowers, not really. Get innovative with packing big, awkward, and unboxable equipment and toys. Use your imagination with padding and packing, make use of anything around the house which fulfills your needs--there are really no guidelines here.

· Secure rakes with each other, facing the same way, and wrap the bottom by using a blanket or bubble wrap. Arrange them in a trash can for transport.

· Separate loose screws, bolts, nails, and other not so big stuff into plastic containers or zip-lock bags.

· Encapsulate blades and saws in unwanted socks, tape the socks into place. A small bit of Styrofoam around the end of the sharp edge prevents bending or breaking.

· Pack power tools within their original boxes, in case you have them. Otherwise, protect the tools and put them inside similar-sized packaging or plastic bins.

· Precision tools needs to be wrapped and cushioned securely and encased with plenty of insulation so they do not bounce in transit.

· Remove all the fuel from power tools a couple of days prior to the move and leave the tank lids open so all vapors can evaporate.

· Make use of little baggies or boxes for screws and fasteners, and secure them to the handles or label and place inside a small parts box so you will know precisely what should go where when it all goes back together.

· Take the batteries out of any small tools, place them in baggies, and tape them on the handle.

Correct Disposal

Batteries, paint, chemicals, fertilizers, as well as any fuels will not be accepted on moving trucks, and it is not really a good plan to transport them in your car. Leave paint for the new owners, give anything that's useful to your local Habitat for Humanity, and correctly get rid of the rest. Your county landfill could have different spots for items like batteries, computers and other electronics, and also flammable liquids.

Begin Early

You should begin packing up your toolshed and garage when you first realize you're moving. DO NOT leave it for the last minute as this is quite possibly the most labor intensive and time-consuming component of moving. And, if you decide that packing the garage, workshop and shed is too much for you to manage on your own, do not be hesitant to enlist the help of a professional mover. Give A-1 Freeman Moving Group in Houston a call today!


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