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Your moving date is getting closer but the thought of packing up your garage and shed is terrifying. Sound familiar?

The garage and/or shed are among the hardest rooms to pack as they usually contain an array of items from gardening equipment, sporting equipment, old toys, tools and outdoor furniture.

However, with a little help from Grace Removals, you can have your garage packed up in no time.

Step 1 – sort out what you have

One of the first jobs, and often the hardest one, is to go through and determine exactly what is in the garage. Chances are you will find some items you didn’t remember you had and items that are no longer of use to you. Get rid of everything you aren’t taking with you.

You will also need to get rid of all hazardous goods as Grace Removals is unable to transport or store these. Hazardous goods include cleaning solvents, liquid chlorine, poisonous, toxic, flammable or corrosive liquids, paint strippers, petrol, gas, pool chemicals, paint, kerosene, turpentine, methylated spirits and weed killers.

Speak to your local council or waste management company on how best to dispose of these items.

Step 2 – tackle your tools

Whether you’re a handyman or not, almost all garages contain an assortment of tools.

Small tools can be kept in a toolbox but large tools should be packed securely in a strong box. Don’t put too many heavy tools in one box, since it may be heavier than you expected. Use a Grace Removals book box to transport your tools in.

Use bubble wrap and old rags as protection against tools with sharp edges and blades. All boxes containing sharp-edged tools should be clearly labelled.

For electric power tools, remove all attachments. If possible, purchase protective covers for chainsaws and lawn mower blades.

Hardware (nuts, bolts, screws, etc.) should be kept in a coffee jar or zip lock sandwich bags.

Step 3 – gardening equipment

When it comes to gardening equipment, you need to drain the petrol from lawnmowers, chain saws and whipper snippers and dispose of it correctly.

Remove caked dirt and mud from garden tools as this might damage other items in the moving van.

If you are packing any knives or gardening sheers be sure to protect the sharp edge with old rags or bubble wrap, and mark the box accordingly.

Secure your long-handled garden tools together in bundles using twine or rope.

Step 4 – bikes and boats

Grace Removals has specially designed boxes to transport your bike safely and securely. We can also arrange transportation for your boats, jet skis and motor bikes. Speak to your Grace consultant about these items and any other bulky items such as canoes or kayaks.

Step 5 – look outside

While not technically part of the garage or shed, outdoor equipment also needs to be packed correctly.

Remove all chair cushions from your outdoor setting and pack them in garbage bags. Also, don’t forget to tie the umbrella shut to avoid it opening during transport.

Swing sets and other outdoor play equipment needs to be disassembled. Make sure you keep all the screws together in a labelled zip lock bag.

Step 6 – sit back and relax knowing you have completed the task!

Remember, don’t leave the packing of the garage until the last minute, it may take longer than you think!