So, you’ve gotten through most of your moving prep work, but you’ve neglected one spot: the garage. In any home, the garage can have multiple different functions, including protecting your vehicles, serving as a workshop, and storing any items that couldn’t quite make it into the house.

In some cases, it’s all three! Whatever the situation is at your house, the odds are you have a lot of heavy tools, equipment, and more that you have to take care of before you officially say goodbye to your home.

As your trusted Long Island moving company, our long-distance movers at Quality Moving & Storage is here to help you navigate this space in terms of your upcoming relocation. Let’s dive into what it looks like when moving: 

  • Automobiles
  • Motorcycles
  • Grills
  • Hazardous Liquids
  • Lawncare/Landscaping Equipment
  • Heavy Tools
  • Unwanted Items 


In many cases, you’ll be able to drive at least one of your vehicles to your new location with you, but in situations where you can’t move in the car or you have multiple vehicles that need to get to your destination, you’ll have to think about how to move them. 

The good news is most moving companies (like Quality Moving & Storage) will have trailers that can accommodate most vehicles. If you have a more expensive vehicles like a stock or vintage car, you can also inquire about additional valuation coverage and custom crating options.


Motorcycles can be a bit more challenging to move because they’re heavy and easy to tip over. For this reason, it’s in your best interest to use specialized packing options to ensure they stay in place throughout the journey. This includes specialized crates, secure straps, and more.

You are able to purchase these materials from many sources online, but your first step should be to check with your hired movers. In most cases, they will have materials for you plus the expertise on how to properly pack everything.

Grilling Equipment

Another item that you can often find in a garage is a grill. Fortunately, packing a grill is pretty straightforward. To keep the exterior safe, use moving pads and straps to keep it in place during the journey. You’ll also want to pay attention to the inside.

Both charcoal and gas grills have at least some moving parts, such as the grates. To keep these from moving around and damaging the inside of your grill, be sure to strap these down as well or remove them and store them separately. You’ll also want to dispose of any charcoal or propane tanks. 

Moving Lawncare/Landscaping Items

If you’re planning on bringing all your lawncare items with you, be sure everything is securely packed and stored. Heavy machinery like a lawn mower, weedwhacker, etc. are designed to withstand rougher wear and tear, but you should still be sure they are in a secure location. 

The main thing you have to remember is to remove any fuel storage before you go. There’s no point in risking bringing dangerous items on the journey. 

Heavy Tools

Garages are typically home to all sorts of tools that are useful to any homeowner. If you’re not ready to part with them, be sure to lock everything down, so no drawers can open. If you’re driving with the tools, you may also want to add padding between tools, so they don’t make a racket and cause a huge headache. 

More complex items may require custom crates, but your movers can help you decide if that’s the move for you.

Hazardous Liquids

When it comes to any hazardous liquids in your garage, leave them behind. Your first approach will probably be to give them away, which is the least wasteful. However, if you want to get rid of them altogether, you can’t simply through them away. Instead, review your local regulations on waste management. 

These materials include:

  • Gas
  • Oil
  • Paint
  • Lawncare Products

…and more!

Everything Else

Odds are you’re going to come up with a lot of items you don’t want anymore. Depending on how much time you have and the type of items you’re parting with, there are a handful of different ways you can go about getting rid of them: 

  • Gift Them to Friends and Family
  • Have a Garage Sale
  • Put Them Out Before Garbage Day
  • Leave Them on the Side of the Road for Scrappers 

Contact Our Long Island Movers for More Tips and Services for Your Upcoming Move

Since we first opened our doors in 1990, our movers have been committed to making moves as simple and stress-free as possible for our clients. Our dedication to our craft is what has earned us ProMover status with the American Moving & Storage Association, BBB accreditation, and status as an agent with Wheaton World Wide Moving. 

When you work with our Long Island residential movers, you can expect amazing benefits and care, including: 

  • Free Consultation and Moving Estimate
  • Full-Service Packing
  • Custom Crating Options
  • Climate-Controlled Storage
  • Top-of-the-Line Moving Equipment 

Give us a call or fill out our online form to learn more about our moving services today.