As you plan your packing activities, remember that household goods often include the contents of your garage, workshop, and shed. If you expect to use your tools at your new home, you’ll want to carefully pack the items prior to moving them.
Assemble Your Packing Materials
Assemble the necessary items necessary to pack and organize your stuff before heading out to the garage or shed. Of course, you’ll secure packing tape, filler, packing paper, and specialty boxes.
The following extra items make packing your tools easier:
- Camera or phone
- Old towels or rags
- Permanent marker
- Plastic screw-lid jars
- Small covered plastic food containers
- Zippered plastic bags
Bring a few heavy-duty plastic totes for bulkier items. Now is a good time to pack instruction manuals for your gas or electric tools with their corresponding tools or placed in a binder or folder together.
Discard What You Absolutely Don’t Need
Is your garage or shed a catch-all area for “stuff”? Then a move is a great opportunity to get rid of the excess. First, sort out all of the larger items you plan to take, like larger saws and shovels. Distance these items from the shed or garage so you can “see” the clutter more easily.
Next, toss anything that’s just junk into a trash bag, like empty cardboard boxes, bottle caps, and small wood scraps. Donate larger wood pieces to a local woodworker or organization like Habitat for Humanity if it holds value. Do the same for fasteners like nails, bolts, and screws that are in good condition. Use the small plastic food containers and screw-lid jars to separate the nails, bolts, and nuts you keep or give away.
Liquids including paints, solvents, or fuels are not allowed on the moving van, and some may be volatile. Give these items away if they are still usable, or dispose of them properly if they are not.
Securely Wrap All Blades, Edges, and Saws
Be careful not to set saws, knives, planers, and other blades loose in cardboard boxes or toolboxes as the blades may bend and become unusable. Tips of saws or knives may also break off or be irreparably damaged during transit.
Carefully wrap blades in old towels or rags, brown packing paper, or craft paper and then secure the wrapping in place with tape. Pay careful attention to blade ends. You may choose place a small cardboard protector you construct for more cushioning if desired. Stabilize boxes with foam or other packing material so blades don’t move around inside.
Ensure that all saws and knives are covered and protected on the top, bottom, and sides. Sharp blades, including machetes, should be secured in sheaths and then wrapped and placed in a rip-proof container like a covered wooden or metal box.
Pad Your Tools Well
Screwdrivers, hammers, and other small hand tools travel well while placed in securely closed tool boxes and bags. Placing foam or felt under your tools on the bottom of metal tool boxes will keep your tools from sliding around during transit. You can also place a layer of newspaper or foam over small hand tools to keep them from bouncing and banging together during the move.
Securely pad precision tools and box them up so they don’t shake or move. Remove all batteries from small electric tools and pack them in original boxes or with other precision tools. Label all plain boxes with the labels or marker.
It’s a good idea to clean and oil larger garden tools before packing them away. Shovels, rakes, and post-hole diggers should have the blade ends wrapped and padded securely. Place these tools upright in a large wardrobe box and pad them well around the bottoms of the tools. You can use tape to wrap long handles of tools together to keep them from moving outside of a shorter trash can or box.
Disassemble Larger Tools
Large saws, routers, and other workshop tools may be too bulky to pack securely unless they are first disassembled. Consult the original instructions for the items for disassembly if you still have them. Tape the instructions to a large piece of the tool before you pack it up.
The same goes for lawnmowers, string trimmers, and chain saws. First, empty these items of all fuel. Next, remove the handles and tape the fastening screws to the handle for easy re-assembly at your new home (put them in a small zipper sandwich bag first). Remove, clean, and pack the blades and chains separately.
Throughout the disassembly process, document everything with your phone or camera to. Take pictures or video as you disassemble the items so you have a reference when you reassemble them.
Store Miscellaneous Items in Totes
Large covered plastic totes are convenient packing and storage boxes for small garden tools, plant pots, automotive accessories, and unfinished workshop projects. Stuffing the totes with foam or packing paper just like boxes will help secure the contents inside.
The nice thing about totes is that you can pack them weeks ahead of your move, and they won’t be damaged if they’re left on a damp garage or shed floor until moving day. When you arrive at your new home, you can set the totes in the new shed or garage without worrying about moisture damage occurring to the bottom of boxes before you can get to that part of your unpacking.
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