Moving to a new city, state, or country can be an exciting time for many of us. We are given the opportunity to explore new places and see new people. For some of us it is a much needed escape into a new world where we are given a fresh new start around people who do not know us or our past. The only thing that we dread is the process of moving all of the items that we own and making sure they all get there in one piece.
There are two ways in which to move your belongings. The first is to hire a professional moving company that will pack everything up and move it to your new home. The second option is to pack it all yourself and drive the truck yourself to the new destination.
The option that you choose will depend on how much you wish to spend and if you trust someone else with your personal belongings. When you are moving the items yourself you need to make sure that you have the necessary supplies at hand at all times.
Boxes And Tape
The most obvious supplies will be boxes and plenty of tape. Even if you have someone load up the truck for you it is easier and more private if you pack it all into boxes on your own. You can purchase boxes at your local UPS, Postal Office, or FedEx store. However, we prefer to spend as less money as possible by simply going to the nearest fast food restaurant and liquor store and grabbing some boxes from them.
They are usually more than willing to give you the boxes so that they do not have to worry about throwing them away or keep them sitting in their store wasting space. Grab the ones that are in good shape and large or small enough for the items.
It is important to purchase bubble wrap, newspaper, or moving pads to protect all the items. While bubble wrap is very effective it is also quite expensive. For the smaller, more fragile items grab newspaper to wrap them all in. If you go to your local newspaper office they are sure to give you a whole role of thick paper or tons of old newspapers.
For the much larger items we recommend you using furniture moving pads. These are made with thick material that will keep your couches, tables, picture frames, and any other large item from breaking, denting, or scratching.