Professional movers recommend starting 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 moving boxes and newsprint to properly wrap and cushion items.
Long-handled garden tools, as well as brooms and mops, should be bundled together securely for moving. Attachments should be removed from power tools and packed separately.
- Hand tools may be left in toolboxes. Fill spaces with crushed paper, or pack 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 completely drained of oil and gas before moving.
Shovels, rakes, brooms and the like need not be packed; gather them together for your mover to bundle in a pad.
Remove cushions and clean frames. Pack pads in a large moving carton or wardrobe box.
Keep umbrellas clean and dry during moving by wrapping them in paper padding or a plastic bag and taping shut. Do not pack the weighted umbrella stand.
Dispose of any unused charcoal. Remove tank — it cannot be transported in the moving van. See our list of Items That Cannot Be Shipped.
Before moving day, dismantle TV antennas, garden sheds, and swing sets that you plan to take with you.
- Place small hardware in a plastic bag or old coffee can and label.
- If possible, securely attach the parts bag to corresponding equipment.
- Prepare lawn mower by safely draining gasoline prior to moving day.
Pots and Planters
Pack small ceramic or pottery planters for moving 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 boxes that are torn or falling apart, or that cannot be sealed. This is often the case with items found in attics and crawl spaces, like seasonal decorations and toys.
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.
GUIDE TO PACKING IF YOU DON’T WANT TO PACK, JUST LET OUR MOVERS AND PACKERS TAKE CARE OF IT
Sometimes packing can be more stressful than the move itself. While some might be comfortable with taking care of everything on their own, we realize that others might need some packing help. If that’s the case for you, we can step in and take care of it. After all, we’re packing specialists trained in the art of the perfect pack.
We offer a variety of add-on packing services to suit your needs. Take a look at our packing services and decide which one is right for you. Call us at 1.888.511.0018 for prices.
OUR AVAILABLE PACKING SERVICE PACKAGES:
Choose which level of packing help you need. There’s an add-on package for everyone! If you’re not sure which package you need, give us a call and we’ll be happy to answer your questions and help you choose the right service.
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