Packing and Moving with Patio Furniture

You’ve packed up the entirety of your house room-by-room. You’re so close to the finish line, and now, it’s time to pack your patio furniture. If you’ve got nice patio furniture, it’s worth taking the extra time to pack it correctly for your impending move. Patio furniture is usually pretty durable, so moving it isn’t all that difficult. If you follow these simple steps, your patio furniture should arrive at your new home in great condition.

Assess whether you’ll be able to use all of your patio furniture at your new place.

If your new home doesn’t have enough outdoor space to accommodate all of your patio furniture, you should sell or donate some of it. Then, decide whether the pieces are worth the cost of moving them. Patio furniture tends to deteriorate faster than interior furniture since it’s exposed to the elements. It may cost more to bring it with you than it would to replace it.

The bottom line is, if your patio furniture is falling apart or if it won’t be of use to you in your new home, it’s a waste of time and money to bring it with you. Relocation is a perfect occasion for decluttering. Getting rid of any bulky or unnecessary patio furniture will save you the headache of having to figure out what to do with it down the road.

If you decide to sell any of your patio furniture, Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist are pretty user-friendly.

Give it all a good, deep clean.

Your outdoor furniture is exposed to the elements, so it makes sense that it’s a bit grimier than the rest of your stuff. Set aside some time to thoroughly clean your patio furniture before packing it so that it doesn’t get anything else in the moving truck dirty. This way, you won’t have to do it when you get to your new residence. The easiest way to do this is to hose it down (if it’s rust-resistant, that is).

When you’re cleaning your patio furniture, keep an eye out for any freeloading critters that you don’t want to join you at your new home.

If you’re packing a grill, don’t forget to clean it as well. For a stainless-steel grill, you can use any cleaner that you use for your indoor appliances.

Drain the gas from your outdoor appliances and dispose of any hazardous materials.

If you have a gas grill, be sure to remove the gas tank, because movers can’t transport it. Drain the gas from your lawnmower or any other power equipment too. If you’re unsure about how to go about this, see this YouTube video. Safely dispose of other hazardous items like pesticides and flammable materials, too.

Take apart whatever you can.

A lot of outdoor furniture can be disassembled, like an outdoor couch and outdoor tables. Taking apart your patio furniture makes packing and transport much more manageable.

After dismantling your patio furniture, don’t forget to label the boxes. Otherwise, putting it back together could be a serious hassle. Keep the most important parts together.

If you want to take any potted plants with you, handle with the utmost care.

We recommend placing potted plants in cardboard boxes with small holes for ventilation. If the container isn’t packed tight, fill the gaps with wrapping paper to ensure that nothing tips over. The floor of your front or backseat is the best spot to keep your potted plants during a long drive. There’s typically less room for your plants to topple over in these spots.

If you’d rather pack your expensive pot separately so that you can wrap it meticulously, you can repot the plant in a plastic planter temporarily and return it to its pot when you get to your new place. Heavy or unusually shaped planters may require special packing.

Use the same packing supplies that you used with your indoor furniture.

The supplies needed but aren’t limited to are furniture covers, bubble wrap, plastic wrap, sturdy boxes, Ziploc bags, and packing tape.

If you have any potentially breakable items like fountains or garden ornaments, be sure to wrap them carefully. If you’re concerned after doing this, re-wrap them for extra security.

Pack it properly.

Pack your outdoor cushions in sturdy boxes. Wrap your umbrella in plastic wrap and tape to keep it secure during relocation.

Garden tools like rakes or anything else with sharp edges should be wrapped in blankets or bubble wrap with zip ties or tape to secure them.

If you have simple yard chairs, you can stack them and transport them as is.

Load your patio furniture into the moving truck strategically.

The larger/heavier items should be loaded into the vehicle first. If you’ve got massive lawn ornaments like fountains or statues, it’s best to seek professional help. If you’re moving someplace in Florida or state-wide, don’t hurt yourself trying to do it alone. Let the professionals at Moving Squad do the heavy lifting.

We know that moving can be stressful, but hiring a courteous, professional, top-rated mover can help alleviate a lot of moving-related angst. Whether you’re moving someplace in South Florida or state-wide, we’d love to hear from you. Contact us today so that we can provide you with the quality moving service you deserve.

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