Are you looking to hire a removal van for your moving day and not sure where to start your search?
If you are carrying out your home or office move by yourself, hiring a removal van is more economical and practical to move your belongings than using cars. Therefore, Big Brown Box has put together a handy guide on hiring a removal van.
There are many different aspects to consider when hiring your van. It is easier, less time consuming and cheaper if you hire a van big enough to ensure that you only need one trip. This is especially true if you are moving a long distance between houses/offices.
However, hiring a big enough van is not quite as easy as it sounds! Estimating the size of van you need to move is tricky. To gain a better understanding of the van you require, get a quote from a removal company and ask them the size of van they intend to use for all your stuff. However, bear in mind that as the vans get bigger, driving licence requirements change so while the removal company may have a driver qualified to drive a larger van, you might not have the appropriate licence. Therefore, you may have to hire 2 vans or make use of cars alongside the van.
Once you have identified the size of the van you need, get quotes from a selection of van hire companies. There are many factors to consider when choosing the right company for you:
- What level of insurance is including in the price?
- Do you get breakdown cover with the van?
- Do they offer unlimited mileage?
- If there is no unlimited mileage, what are the mileage charges?
- Do they run any special offers at weekends?
To make the most of your removal van, it is important to pack it properly. This also takes some planning – plan the position of each item like a jigsaw. Larger items of furniture like sofas and wardrobes should be placed in first and strapped against the front wall.
When it comes to packing boxes, we always recommend heavy duty, double walled boxes. These are sturdy and can be stacked on top of each other to maximise space. Boxes containing heavier items should be on the bottom layer with lighter boxes on top. This limits the chances of your possessions being crushed.
Once all the packing boxes are in place, fill in the gaps between the box stacks using your soft furnishings including rugs, blankets and cushions. Make sure everything is secure before driving off!
Happy moving from Big Brown Box!