Moving house hassle-free: simply rent a van

Moving house is a bittersweet thing- it’s exciting, but also one of the most stressful experiences you can go through. Packing up all your belongings and furniture leaves you wondering: do I really have that much stuff?

Then, another question pops up - how on earth will I move all of this to my new place? Hiring a removal company can be quite costly, especially if you are moving far away. Even if you have a car, it is unlikely that you will be able to fit everything in one go and you will need to do several trips until the move is complete. So, what options do you have?

Renting a van is a pretty good option. But what are the exact benefits of renting one? Can you afford a van? Is it too difficult to drive? We’ve got all these questions, and more, covered!

Will it cost me an arm and a leg?

If you are on a tight budget, this is your best bet. Most likely, after spending a small fortune to buy/rent your new house or flat, you have a number of other demanding expenses to juggle. Renting a van can be three times cheaper than renting a company, or a man-with-a-van. It might be more time-consuming than paying people to do the move, but at least you can save some pounds! Once you have the van, call a few friends, get the boxes ready, put the cat in its carrier and let the moving being!

Do I need to book a particular time?

Not really! You can hire the van for a day or a week - depending on your needs. This means that you don’t have to make plans according to the company or the person who owns the van. Yes, you heard right- you can rent a van and use it whenever you like! Thus, you will have enough time to pack, unpack, then pack again and decide if you really need that old stained sofa.

Is it difficult to drive a van?

It’s a common misconception that vans are difficult to drive. The truth is that driving a van is just like driving a car- at least our Arnold Clark van drivers say so! Yes, you will feel taller and bigger than almost any vehicle on the road, but this is the van’s charm. If you are feeling a bit unsure, take the van for a drive before you attempt to load it up. Believe in yourself!

Am I in charge of moving everything?

Most certainly, if you rent a van! Not having to deal with a removal company means that things will be done your way. You decide what goes where and who handles what. This even saves you the hassle of dealing with the service company if they break your favourite lamp (or that weird china statue that your partner really hopes gets broken).

Do I need a big or a small van?

This might seems like an obvious question but the truth is that size does matter. Even if you are moving from a very small place, you might still want to hire a bigger van because this will save you time, and time, after all, is money. For smaller removals that entail simply transporting personal items, clothes and small items of furniture, you might find a Group A van like the Citroën Berlingo an ample choice. If you need to transport bulkier items, you’ll find you might be surprised how much you can fit in a Ford Transit – they’ve been known to accommodate a three-piece suite quite comfortably! For fewer journeys and seriously bulky goods, you might need to investigate hiring a Group C van like the long-wheel base Ford Transit – they’re perfect for entire house moves.

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