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Moving Swing Sets, Swimming Pools, and Other Outdoor Equipment

August 12th, 2013 - 9:33 AM

How to Move Swing Sets, Pools, and Other Outdoor Stuff

If you’re moving, you probably either know how to pack things like clothing, furniture, and dishes, or you’ve been able to easily find information on how to do that. But what about outside stuff? How do you pack and load outdoor equipment like lawn mowers, patio furniture, grills, kids’ toys, swing sets and pools?  Today we’ll move outside for tips on packing and move the outside stuff that doesn’t exactly fit neatly into a box.


How to move a swing set

If you’re moving to Alaska, California, Oregon, Washington, or British Columbia, Canada, your outdoor items may have to be inspected for gypsy moths and moth eggs when moving. If so, you’ll need to fill out a Gypsy Moth/Insect Inspection Checklist. All moving companies have different requirements, but U-Pack simply requires that you complete a signed self-inspection checklist online at least two days prior to your move date.

How to Move Swing Sets

While swing sets are made for the rough and tumble of your kids’ play, you’ll want to take care to be gentle with them as you pack and move them. Whether you have a wooden swing set, or a metal one, follow these steps to get it ready for moving:

  • Disassemble it. You will probably need some help, so grab a friend!
  • Take pictures as you disassemble so you can refer to them when the time comes to put the swing set back together.
  • Refer to your instruction manual and make sure you follow the directions, keeping all the parts together. Place screws and bolts into a zip-top bag. Pack the smaller parts in a box. (Don’t forget to label the box.)
  • After the swing set is broken down, bundle the metal or wooden pieces using plastic stretch wrap, and place them in the trailer.
  • Contact the manufacturer to replace broken or rusted parts.

How to Move A Swimming Pool

Of course, you can’t dig up an in-ground swimming pool and move it. But if you have an above-ground pool, you may be able to move it.

If you purchased your pool from a professional pool supplier, contact them about relocating your pool. If a professional installed it, you may want a professional to move it.  However, if you installed your pool yourself, you can likely move it.

  • First, drain your pool.
  • Second, take it apart. Be careful for rusty screws or rods, as they can break easily. If any pieces break, contact the manufacturer for replacement parts.
  • Take pictures as you disassemble your pool. You can refer to them when you put it back together.
  • Keep all small parts together by placing them into a zip top bag.
  • Make sure you get any anchoring parts that may be placed in the ground.
  • Allow the pieces to dry well.
  • Fold or roll the liner and place it in a moving box. If your liner has warped or cracked, contact the manufacturer for a replacement.
  • Pool chemicals are not allowed in the moving trailer (see the Do Not Ship list), so leave those with a neighbor who has a pool, or carry them with you.

How to Move Outdoor Furniture

When you’re moving, patio furniture is treated basically like indoor furniture. Patio Furniture just needs to be wrapped in paper padding. Check out our packing tips for information on packing your items.

How to Move A Grill

Whether you have a charcoal grill or propane grill, you prepare them almost the same for moving. Just clean it, remove the propane, and wrap the grill in paper padding.  You can empty the propane tank and take it with you, return it for a refund, or give it to a friend…but you can’t pack it in the moving trailer!

How to Move Lawn Equipment

Your lawn mowers, weed eaters, rakes, and other lawn equipment are perfectly fine going on the moving trailer; you just have to drain the fluids. And remember, the ramp is 2 feet wide, so make sure you measure your wheelbase to see if it will fit before pushing your lawnmower up the ramp.  Use these directions for help draining the fluids.

After loading, we recommend bracing the wheels by placing wooden blocks around the wheels.  In the moving trailer, you can nail the blocks to the floor to secure the wheels.

Outdoor equipment can be heavy and bulky. Some moving companies charge you based on weight, and you can end up paying big bucks for moving this type of equipment. With U-Pack, however, you only pay for the space you use, so you can really save when you pack well. Get a free moving quote here to see how you can move with U-Pack.

I hope these tips help you pack up your outdoor equipment. If you have questions about packing and moving an above-ground pool, lawn equipment, swing sets, grills, or any other outdoor equipment, just leave a question and I’ll be happy to help!

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