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Garage / Hobby Room / Storage

Our garage packing tips are designed to take the major task of packing up the garage and streamline the process for you. Allied's packers and movers are experts on what needs to be done to efficiently pack up a cluttered garage or storage room. There is an easier way to sort through and pack all your garage and storage belongings.

Garage packing tips are especially useful considering how time-consuming and difficult packing up those spaces can be. Garages and storage sheds typically take the longest to pack, as they are filled with odd-shaped, sharp or heavy items that require special care to pack correctly.

Allied's Packing Tips for the Garage

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 packed separately.

  • 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
  • Power tools must be safely drained of oil and gas before hand

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 cushions and clean frames. Pack cushions 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.

Packing Tips for the Garage: Grill

Dispose of any unused charcoal. Remove tank - it cannot be transported in the moving van. See our list of Items That Cannot Be Shipped.

Outdoor Equipment

Before moving day, dismantle children's swing sets, TV antennas and garden sheds you plan to take with you.

  • 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.

You'll need to re-pack items in boxes that are torn, falling apart or cannot be sealed. This is usually the case with items found in attics and crawl spaces,like seasonal decorations or old toys.

Trash Cans

  • 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


Cars, mini-vans, pickup trucks and boats can be transported to your new home by Allied on an auto transport carrier, or in some cases, aboard the moving van. Ask your Personal Relocation Consultant for details, and remember:

  • Automobiles should have one-quarter or less fuel in the gas tank
  • Check automobiles for any oil, battery acid or radiator fluid leaks
  • Boats should be drained of all fuel and oil in the motor

Consult with your moving professional on the following items:

  • riding mower
  • gas leaf blower
  • snow blower
  • motor scooter
  • moped
  • trampoline
  • above-ground swimming pool
  • hot tub
  • satellite dish
  • storage shed
  • swing set
  • jungle gym
  • dog house or kennel

Use Our Packing Tips for the Garage

The garage packing tips above will help you organize the clutter in your garage or storage area, then pack the belongings accordingly. After you're done organizing, it's likely you'll have less to pack after throwing out all the things you don't need any longer. Using our garage packing tips is the best way to conquer the clutter that's been building all those years.


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