When you think of packing for a move, chances are your mind automatically goes to areas like your kitchen or your master closet. With so many areas to pack, it’s important not to forget about your garage. As the hub of your outdoor area, the garage contains many items you simply can’t do without. Knowing how to pack a garage is a major (yet daunting) part of the moving process.

Planning a packing strategy for your garage can be tricky. But don’t let that stop you from being totally ready on moving day. Follow the instructions below, and you’ll be well on your way to an efficiently packed garage.

How to Pack a Garage

Safety First

Some items are unsafe to move, and you should drain or dispose of them before the big day. These may include, but are not limited to:

  • Plants
  • Hazardous materials, including pesticides and fertilizers
  • Flammable items like kerosene
  • Corrosives
  • Fuel
  • Ammunition
  • Fireworks
  • Paint cans

Ask your movers if you have other questions about what they cannot move

Outdoor Furniture

Disassemble large items like tables topped with an umbrella. Collapse and wrap your umbrella, remove all cushions, and clean furniture frames.


Tools can be tricky due to various shapes and sizes. It’s best to follow these simple steps so you don’t forget anything.

  1. Drain fuel from power tools in advance.
  2. Disassemble attachments from power tools and pack them separately.
  3. Pack simple hand tools in boxes, or pad with paper and leave in your toolbox.
  4. Place tiny items like screws and nails in a small container with a secure lid.
  5. Carefully wrap sharp tools like saws or blades, and secure with tape.

Waste Containers

Since waste containers become dirty over time, most people choose to leave their recycling and garbage cans and buy new ones upon arrival. If you choose to bring yours along, clean them thoroughly with a strong cleaning agent like bleach. Tape down the lids when you’re finished.


If you have a gas grill, remove and dispose of your propane tank — your movers won’t transport it. For charcoal grills, trash any unused charcoal. Wrap up grilling tools and pack separately.

Lawn Maintenance

Drain all of your items that require fuel, such as mowers, edgers, and blowers. Group long-handled items — like rakes, shovels, and brooms — and bundle them together. Wrap all glass or ceramic planters, unless they’re unusually large.

Large Items

Ask your movers about items such as riding mowers and kayaks. For even bigger items like boats or storage sheds, plan to arrange specialty shippers.

Moving in the Greater Houston Area?

Planning ahead is key to a smooth moving experience. It’s also extremely important to hire a top professional moving company like Ameritex. We’ve been in business for over 15 years, and our repeat client base and referral rate speak volumes. For a truly Stress-Free Move without the headache, check out our full-service moving package. We guarantee our movers know how to pack a garage the right way!

To schedule your move, call Ameritex Movers at 713.484.6683.