When you're moving home your garden may be the last thing you think about packing up. While you may think that you can just stuff all your garden equipment and furniture on to your removalist's van at the last minute, this isn't always the case. For example, if you'll be moving a BBQ, you need to leave some time to prep it for your move to get it into an acceptable condition for your removalist. What do you need to do?
Clean the BBQ
While removalists are happy to move BBQs, they usually want you to clean your barbie before the move. This isn't just removalists being picky about messing up their vans; they also need to make sure that they don't carry anything flammable. If your BBQ is gunked up with grease and oil, then it could make a fire on a van worse.
So, your first task should be to make sure that your BBQ is clean and free of grease and old bits of burned food. Your barbie doesn't have to sparkle like new; generally, it will just need to be degreased and cleaned out thoroughly.
While you're cleaning your barbie, take a little extra time to clean its tools and accessories before storing them in a box for the move. This gives you a clean BBQ slate for your new home.
Remove Detachable Parts
If your BBQ has detachable parts, like a hood or a hot plate, then you may want to take these parts off the barbie to make sure they don't get damaged in transit. Store these parts in a box, together with any integral parts of the BBQ that may come loose and move around on the road like burners or grills.
Think About Your Gas Bottle
If you have a gas BBQ, then you may not be able to load its gas bottle on a removalist's van. Removalists typically won't carry gas bottles because of their potential fire/explosion risk. If, however, you can prove that your bottle is empty, then your removalist may agree to transport it. To do this, your removalist will probably want you to get a certificate from a Gas Cylinder Test Station that proves that the bottle has been emptied out.
If you aren't sure how to do this, then ask your removalist for advice. Local removalists should be able to tell you what they need you to do to make a gas bottle fit for transport and where you can do it.