Whether you’re using moving services or attempting the move yourself, it is important take proper care of your tools. Depending on what those tools are (power tools, art tools, engineering tools, etc.), it’s far better to pack it right than to find it broken and spending money for replacements. This is especially so if you are using a moving service as they may not be as careful as you when moving belongings. The following is a guide to how to pack tools for moving.
1. Organize your tools
Note down all your tools that needs moving and packing and organize them into a list so you have a general idea on how to pack and move them. As you take note of each tool, ask yourself the following questions:
- Does it need its own container? Is it small enough to group of others?
- Is it delicate? Do I need packing pellets or other cushioning materials?
- Do I need to disassemble it prior to moving?
- Do I really need this tool? When’s the last time I used it, maybe it’s time to say goodbye. Or maybe it’s so old that it’s simpler to sell or throw it away and buy an upgrade
- Does the tool have sharp edges? For example garden shears
- How heavy is the tool?
2. Buy the proper packing supplies
After organizing all your tools into a detailed list, you can start buying the packing supplies. Generally here’s a list of what you’ll need but it’ll differ depending on your actual tools:
- String or twine: these can be purchased at your near by hardware store and are very affordable. It’s usually $3-$6 for 150 ft with a good thickness. You’ll want to use these to close containers and tie together tools/equipment that can be tied (broomstick, rakes, shovels, trimmers, etc)
- Cardboard boxes: If you have small light weight tools like art supplies (paint brushes, paint, etc.) then cardboard containers is enough. A cardboard box can only hold so much weight, usually 75 pounds but we recommend using plastic for anything over 50 pounds.
- Plastic containers: For heavier tools such as power tools (drills, hammers, screws, etc.), you may want to consider plastic boxes.
- Wood containers: Wooden boxes should only be needed for anything that you consider extremely delicate and/or valuable. Wooden boxes are the most durable but also the most expensive of the 3 containers, costing anywhere from $10 for a small box to over $100 for a large box.
- Label, Markers, Tape: Purchase multi-coloured permanent markers ($7), do not purchase masking tape! opt for the more reliable duct tape ($7) and/or electrical tape if needed ($1-$4). Depending on what container you’re using, you may need labels to write on so get a pack of those as well if you’re using plastic or wooden containers.
- Packing Material: You can use packing pellets, air cushions, shredded paper, bubble wrap or any other suitable packing material for your tool. Remember you can never be too careful and they aren’t too expensive, $10-$15 should be more than sufficient for the average person
3. Label the containers properly
Use bright easily readable colours on proper labels for every container. If the tools are electronic and/or delicate, write “FRAGILE” in big letters on all sides of the container! If there are objects with sharp edges in the box, you should write “SHARP OBJECTS” on the container as well. Remember to wrap the sharp edges in a towel just in case. You may want to wrap long objects like trimmers or shovels in a moving blanket so it’s easier to carry.
4. Having a moving plan
Now that you have everything packed and organized, you’ll need a plan for moving day. Note where you’ll be storing your tools at the new location. Generally, it may be smart to move lighter tools first and heavy tools last so you don’t need to move them out of the way for other belongings. Remember moving tools is easy as long as you’re organized, careful, and safe! The Premiere Van Lines Winnipeg website has more online resources and references available.