Hiring a Removal Van – What You Need to Know

By Manny Sahmbi || Posted February 20, 2020

Moving home can be stressful and there are a lot of things to organise. From boxing up your possessions to transporting everything to the new place, every stage of your move needs to be planned with precision. Timing is key, particularly if you have a contract deadline or you’re working towards a completion date on a property. So you’ll want to make sure the removals process is as seamless and stress-free as possible. 

Hiring a van is an easy way to get things from A to B, but where do you start in finding the right company? Here’s everything you need to know about hiring a removal van to help you with your belongings. 

Van size matters

When it comes to hiring a removal van, make sure you know what van size you need. To determine what type of van you need (or to help the van company quote you correctly), consider your largest items and measure their length, width and depth. Always measure the widest, longest or deepest part of the furniture or item, and always consider the fragility of items. For instance, do you have any items that have to travel in certain ways or be placed at a certain angle? 

You don’t have to drive the van yourself

Hiring your own self-drive van is an option, but for many people, getting behind the wheel of a big van can be nerve-racking. Unlike driving a regular car, driving a van requires more use of the side mirrors as there is no rear-view mirror to rely on. Vans are also of course much larger and can be trickier to park too. This can make it quite daunting for first-time van drivers. 

If this is you, hiring a man with a van or removals service is probably your best bet. Our removals service is affordable and reliable, and you’ll get a fully trained, professional driver to help you. Whether you need a full removals service, a part-removals service or just help with collections and deliveries, Happy2Move can provide you with a quote. 

You can get help with packing 

Not everyone has the time to pack, and getting a company to help you can actually save you a lot of headaches when it comes to sourcing boxes and packing materials. If you would prefer to use professional packers, try to find a company that can fulfil all your removals needs. A one-stop shop for packing, transport and furniture assembly means that your entire move is seamlessly managed by one single firm. Not only will this save you money, but it prevents a lot of potential hiccups or miscommunications. 

Man power is important 

When hiring a removal van, it’s important to check what’s included in terms of heavy lifting. Having a professional mover or porter to help you carry things in and out of buildings is essential if you’re unable to lift items yourself. 

For extra large or extra heavy items (such as pianos or furniture), be sure to mention this when getting a quote. As it may be necessary to hire a few people to transport, carry and load items safely.  

You don’t always have to book in advance

Booking vans in advance is recommended if possible, but you can book on the day of your move if you are unable to give notice. Of course, this is subject to availability, but here at Happy2Move we always try to accommodate our customers and short notices are welcome. 

For a lot of home buyers, the completion date isn’t always clear and this can mean sitting around and waiting for a call from your estate agent. We’re understanding of these types of circumstances (they happen a lot), so we always accept late bookings if we can fulfil them. 

You can travel in the van too

A lot of removal vans also allow for the customer to travel in the front too. For people who don’t own their own car, this can be extremely handy. It can also give you some peace of mind, as you’ll be travelling together with your belongings and will be at your new destination to see it all being unloaded. 

Not every booking is a big removal job

We take on removal jobs of all sizes, and we make it as flexible as possible. If you’re moving from a small property, don’t have a lot of belongings, or you’re a student, we can help out all the same. It doesn’t have to be a full removals requirement. Our man with a van option is the most affordable option for smaller jobs, and we have van sizes suitable for all types of moves.

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