How to Pack Tools, Hardware and Other Garage Items

December 22, 2022

After the kitchen, the garage may be the hardest room to pack, especially if you have a workshop with a lot of hand and power tools. Just as with the kitchen, you have a lot of parts, maybe put away in cabinets, maybe not. Garages also have a wide variety of items to pack: Everything from spare screws to a table saw.  With a plan and the right packing materials, though, it may be easier than you think.

First, well before you move, inventory the contents of your garage. Pare down your collection of duplicate tools, and identify the items that are worn out and broken and will need to be replaced after the move. Just as with every other part of your home, consider whether you want to move items that are never or infrequently used, or whether it’s better to donate or sell them. If your garage is disorganized and a mess, clean and organizing before you start packing will make it easier. 

Items that cannot go on the moving truck should be disposed of safely. These include oil, pesticides, fertilizers, paint and gasoline, as well as propane tanks. Be sure to drain fuel and oil from gasoline powered items like leaf blowers, string trimmers and lawn mowers. Small hand tools like socket wrenches, hammers and screw drivers are best moved in tool boxes or small tool chests; you can fill in any spaces with crumpled paper. (Remember to keep a hammer, screwdriver and wrench out moving day, as you may need them). For hand saws, wrap the blades in old towels or heavy rags, tape them securely, and pack in long, flat boxes. Small power tools like circular saws, drills and routers can be packed in boxes; just remember to remove bits, blades and other attachments. When packing tools into boxes, use small to medium cartoons to keep the weight down. 

It may be worth taking the time to separate and store nails, screws, washers and other hardware separately, by size. Small jars or boxes work well for this. Organize drill bits, saw blades and other parts prior to packing. Taking the time to do these things will make unpacking easier than opening a box to find screws, drill bits, nails and other items jumbled together. 

You don’t have to pack some items. Long handled tools like rakes, shovels, and brooms should be gathered together for your crew to bundle.  Remove attachments and blades from table and standing saws; your moving crew will do the rest.  For bicycles, remove water bottles and any clip on items that may be knocked off in the moving process. Securely attached racks and baskets can remain. If you’re moving a charcoal grill, clean any ashes and coals from it, and dispose of any unused charcoal.

We can move items like motor scooters, riding mowers and snow blowers, but you should discuss them with your moving coordinator prior to the move to see if there are any special preparations beyond emptying the fuel and oil.  And while we recommend buying new garbage cans once you’ve moved, if you do decide to take the cans, you should clean them thoroughly before they go on the truck.