A garage is often the last place homeowners want to enter during a home relocation. That’s because it carries a lot of items, including unwanted stuff, old toys, metal works, landscaping materials, and much more. Whether you need long-distance movers to move some of these items or you’re doing the work yourself, the tips here will help you.


Driving your automobiles to your new home may be out of the question. Also, you might have a vintage or kit/hobby car you need to transport. Thankfully, the trailers of most professional residential moving companies can accommodate most sizes of vehicles. If the vehicle is vintage and expensive, you should also consider purchasing additional reimbursement coverage to protect against accidental damage during transport.


Motorcycles are heavy and easy to tip over, so you need to take extra care of them for safety during transport. Specialized crating with proper tie-down straps will come in handy during transportation. While you can get motorcycle shipping crates from the internet, it’s worth knowing that professional home movers are trained on how to properly prep for motorcycle shipping.


You should use moving pads and straps to protect the exterior of your grill. Also, make sure that grates and any other items inside the grill are properly secured. That will save the interior from getting damaged during transport.

Dispose of charcoal briquettes and propane tanks before transport so that you don’t risk a propane tank exploding during the move. You can also sell them to places that purchase them.

Lawn Care & Landscaping Items

If you no longer wish to do yard work in your new residence, you can sell your lawn mower and other landscaping items to a friend, family member, or neighbor. It would be a nice touch to leave them behind as a welcome gift for the new occupant, too. If you want to take them with you, many yard tools are designed for rough treatment and won’t require any special treatment, even from residential movers. However, make sure all fuel storage containers are emptied before transport.


It’s normal to have a tool chest to hold different tools in your garage. During the move, put all tools inside the chest before locking the doors and drawers, so they don’t open during the moving process. If you have wood or metal working equipment in your garage, consider crating them, especially if they have many complex parts. An experienced household moving company can help you decide if that step is necessary. Further, apply the wheel locking systems on your tool chest/equipment once in the truck to hold it in place.

Paints and Flammable Liquids

Before you move, dispose of all liquids in your garage properly, especially those that are flammable. While at it, check with local authorities regarding their rules for disposing of hazardous liquids.

Unwanted Items

The garage remains the first port of call to find unwanted items because unwanted household items can build up over the years. You can drop them off at a local charity. If you have large metallic items like unwanted patio furniture or grills, you can place them on the curb the day before garbage pickup. Local scrappers often drive through neighborhoods on garbage pickup days looking for metal items they can sell to local facilities for their scrap value.

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Are you planning a home relocation? Don’t move without the help of a professional moving and storage company like Merit Moving Systems. Since 1958, we have been the leading provider of residential relocation services in Southern California and beyond. As an agent for United Van Lines and a ProMover member of the ATA MSC, we can conveniently transport all your household items, including those in your garage. Give us a call today to learn more about our award-winning moving services, or fill out our brief online form to request a free quote.