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When packing for a move, most people focus on
packing their indoor items. This is understandable, as the process of moving
all of your indoor belongings can be daunting. However, don't forget about your
If you take the time to pack your outdoor items properly, it will make the process of unpacking them at your new home much more manageable. Here are some tips on packing your outdoor items for a move.
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There are several things you can get started packing for your move to make it easier. For outdoor items, there are three main things you will want to get started with:
Cleaning your outdoor items should be easy. You
don't want to transport dirt, grime, and other debris into your new home. If
you have plastic furniture, consider washing it before packing it up. This will
ensure that nothing sticks or stains anything else during the move. You can
also wash any cushions you have, but remember to let them dry before you pack
Labeling your outdoor items is essential for two reasons: it will help you unpack faster and because you probably won't be familiar with your new home by the time of move-in day. Labels provide a simple reference point so that you know what goes where. If your items aren't labeled, consider using a sharpie marker with permanent ink to write directly on furniture surfaces or other outdoor items that will likely be moved around a lot.
Securing your outdoor items. You may want to think about securing several outdoor furniture pieces by tying them together so they don't shift during transit. Note that this isn't foolproof, and you should take precautions to keep your items from slipping out of their bindings. Most outdoor furniture will have holes along the bottom that allow you to secure them this way. If thinking of using zip ties or other fasteners, try keeping just a few on hand so that you don't risk damaging your items over time.
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Before you get started packing outdoor furniture,
consider what it is that you'll need. Depending on the size of your move and
how many outdoor items you have, some of these may be more or less applicable:
Packing outdoor items for a move is no simple task.
During transit, you'll need to know how to protect crucial outdoor furniture
pieces, like patio sets and grills. If you plan on storing your outdoor items
until after the move, you can use plastic bags or other types of waterproof
tools to keep them safe from any damaging effects of the elements.
You'll need plenty of supplies before you start packing up your outdoor items. Make sure that you buy enough plastic to protect any wood parts from water damage, as well as several rolls of packing paper, bubble wrap, or moving blankets. Have a tape measure and other essential tools for measuring loose pieces or checking which type of boxes will work well together.
You can also have some box buffers on hand to keep glass pieces separate from each other and prevent anything from getting damaged during transit. As long as you're using waterproof packing materials, outdoor decorations like lawn gnomes will be safe to store until after the move.
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If you plan on storing your outdoor furniture until
after the move, one of your biggest concerns will be packing a patio umbrella.
If you can detach it into individual pieces (some umbrellas only require
detaching the handle), then it'll be much easier for transport. You can place
small patio tables and chairs on top of larger pieces, like patio sets or
grills, to weigh them down and prevent any items from sliding around during
To fit everything onto the back of a mover's truck,
make sure you have ramps or pieces of plywood that you can place under items
for lift-off. You may also have to use several moving blankets or bed sheets if
some parts are particularly large. Please make sure you use plenty of bubble
wrap or packing paper on any fragile pieces to keep them from breaking apart.
Remember, even if you're putting outdoor furniture
into one box, it's easy to put things on top of that box, and they're more
likely to shift around during transit. It may take some extra time, but it's
essential to make sure that no pieces are sticking out of the top or sides of
any boxes. Some of your patio furniture might likely have metal pieces, like
screws or catch-all dishes. Wrapping metal parts in bubble wrap or placing
plastic sheets over them can prevent damage to these items.
While most outdoor furniture objects are made with
waterproof materials, it can be easy to forget about the actual seat cushions.
They may appear damp after sitting in the rain for a day or two, but they
should be much more manageable than smaller items like pillows or lawn gnomes.
You can wrap each cushion individually in towels, packing paper, or bubble wrap
to keep them in place during transit or pack them in moving blankets.
Before packing your outdoor items, remember that some pieces are easier to disassemble than others. If you can remove any screws for easy folding and storage, then it'll be much easier to transport your grills and other objects without worrying about damage during transit.
Grills can be particularly difficult to transport
because they may have many small parts that are easy to lose track of. While
separating each grill part with bubble wrap is important, you should also
ensure that smaller items like grilling tools don't get misplaced during
Patio sets can be particularly large and heavy, so
they're likely to take up the most space in your inventory. Ensure that you
have all of your patio furniture items packed into a single box before placing
them onto a moving truck.
It would help if you also remembered to use plenty
of bubble wrap or packing paper around any wooden pieces, as well as several
moving blankets or bed sheets. The last thing you want is for these items to
get scratched up during transit, so it's important to keep them safe until they
can be properly stored.
Remember, if you have any outdoor furniture that
doesn't fold down for compact storage, then you should pack the heaviest
pieces, like patio tables and grills, at the bottom of a box. You can then
stack chairs and small patio tables on top to reduce the weight that needs to
be lifted during transit.
While a patio set might contain many wooden pieces,
swing sets and playsets can have even more complex parts that may be difficult
to disassemble. If you have one of these items, it's important to start packing
up all of the metal parts first.
You should place smaller parts onto several layers
of bubble wrap, packing paper, or moving blankets, then use more of these
materials to enclose them into a box. Make sure that you have several boxes
lined up before wrapping parts individually so that they're easy to access
If you have any plastic pieces for your swing set or playset, then it's also important to keep these items in mind. Many types of plastic can become extremely brittle when exposed to moisture, so don't place them near any potentially damp parts that could damage the plastic pieces. You may read our article on Moving Swing Sets.
Loose hardware is another item that can be
difficult to pack during a move, especially if you haven't separated screws
from other small pieces. Place hardware into several layers of bubble wrap,
packing paper, or moving blankets before placing the materials into a box.
Remember that hardware like metal washers and nuts
can become extremely heavy when packed together, so separating them during
transit is important. Make sure that you place plastic bags over washers and
nuts not to get scratched or lose their shape.
It's also important to remember that hardware can
vary dramatically in size, so you should use several different plastic
containers for these items. If possible, avoid placing metal screws into the
same box as other metal pieces to prevent scratching.
The last outdoor items that can be particularly
difficult to pack for a move include lawn equipment like rakes and shovels. It
would help to place these items perpendicular inside moving boxes and fill in
any space with several layers of packing paper, bubble wrap, or blankets.
Remember that metal and plastic parts can also become scratched and chipped during transport if packed with other items, so keeping these pieces separate is important. If there are any loose parts for your lawn equipment, you should pack them separately in several layers of bubble wrap or packing paper.
There are several different outdoor pots and plants that can be difficult to pack during a move. If you have ceramic or clay pots, make sure they're placed upright inside moving boxes.
It would be best to separate plastic containers into individual boxes and plant hangers that will be packed up separately. If you choose to pack plants, place them inside their original containers and water them thoroughly before packing.
Outdoor items can make up a large part of your
home, but they're even more at risk during the moving process. Maintain the
quality of your outdoor furniture, swing sets, play equipment, lawn tools, and
pots by using proper packing procedures to protect them against damage.
Remember that it may take longer to pack some outdoor items, but the results
will be worth it in the end. With this knowledge, you can ensure that your
outdoor decor arrives at its new home undamaged and ready to be used again.
What should I do if I don't
have enough moving boxes?
If you're planning to pack your outdoor items
during a move, it's important to start packing up all the metal pieces first.
If you don't have enough moving boxes, consider using plastic containers or
pails to separate smaller parts.
What should I do if I have
pots and plants?
If you have pots and plants that need to be packed, then it's important to remember that they may still be very damp when you come to pack them. To avoid the risk of mold or mildew setting in before you can move your plants, try packing them during either very warm or cold weather.
Is bubble wrap necessary for
packing outdoor items?
Bubble wrap is not necessary for packing most
outdoor items, but it can help provide an extra layer of protection during
transport. If you decide to pack your items with bubble wrap, place several
layers between metal pots or any potentially sharp pieces.
What is a good way to store my
pots and planters?
When storing pots and planters, you should always
use the original container. Dig a hole in your garden that's deeper than the
length of the container, then place it into that hole. This will help retain
moisture while protecting your containers from potential weather damage.
Is it safe to use newspapers
for packing outdoor items?
Unfortunately, newspapers are not a good choice for packing your pots or planters. Moisture can absorb into the paper and cause mildew or mold growth that can damage your plants, so always avoid using this type of packaging. Instead, place potting soil around the outside of the pot to help provide extra support for the plant.
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