If you’re on a budget, hire a van for removals! Just remember to look at things like size and weight carrying capacity so you get the most out of it. There are many different specifications of vans available to suit an assortment of different needs. If you don’t plan ahead and identify what your requirements are, you are likely to be paying over the odds or you won’t have the capacity available for the objects you are trying to move.Keep in mind that you don’t need a special license to get behind the wheel of most van rental vehicles. When you’re thinking about hiring a van, there are a few main things you’ll want to consider.
1. How much are you having to move?
When it comes time to rent a van, you’ll want to know how much stuff you need to move. That’ll help you decide which van to rent and who to rent from.You could end up paying way more money for a van that is way too big and ends up having plenty of space when your objects have been put in. Also renting a van that is too small can result in not being able to fit all of your objects in and lead to a second trip being required which increases petrol costs and the risk of late charges and an increased possibility of wear and tear.
2. Research a number of van rental companies
Now that you know what’s needed, you can start looking for a van for the move. Check out different companies and look for something better than just the first quote. Different vans come in different sizes and specs so you may be able to find something that works for you if you search around a bit more. Always ensure that you read the terms & conditions for each company as each company may have different policies on insurance, so make you sure you’re needs are covered before you book your van.
3. Check the vehicle before you leave the courtyard
Always ensure you thoroughly check the vehicle inside and outside for damage before you leave the car park. Even the smallest bit of damage can result in a charge from the rental company. Any damage you find should be detailed on your rental agreement and needs to be pointed out before you leave so that the rental company is aware that it was already there and was not the fault of the customer.
4. Remember you are driving a van
When hiring a large van for the purpose of moving house, it is likely that you will be unfamiliar in driving a vehicle of that size. You must be aware of the size of the van you are in and remember that the van is most likely to be wider, higher and much heavier than the vehicle you are used to. Therefore, the spaces you can get through may be more limited so take care to avoid low bridges and narrow gaps that you could scrape if you get too close. As mentioned above, if you do cause damage to the van, you will be charged. That said, driving a van has many perks. You’ll be amazed at just how easy it is driving a van. With the higher view and power steering, you’ll be able to maneuver around better than in your usual car. Be careful though – if you find yourself in a tight spot or near a low bridge, you’ll want to be extra cautious. If you do cause any damage, you’ll be faced with a hefty charge. Your van hire company can provide some useful advice, so don’t let the idea of driving a van scare you away.
Lastly, if you pack your goods and personal effects properly your consignment should arrive intact. Also, you will feel a sense of achievement in having done the job yourself and saved some money.