Planning a removals job? Moving house or relocating offices? Hiring a van enables you to take charge of the move and can drastically reduce the number of journeys needed. Everybody knows that moving can be a stressful time. Hiring a van can make the job a whole lot easier. All you need to do is consider the size and duration of the move, hire the right van for the job and secure van insurance.
Thorough planning is essential for a successful move. Be realistic when sizing up the job. Take into account the amount of fittings, furniture and possessions you will be moving. It’s better to have a van too large for the job than too little, so be generous when choosing your van size. Remember that a larger vehicle can help you complete the move in fewer journeys.
You will need to estimate how many journeys your move will take to decide how long to hire the van and how long you will need van insurance cover. Work out how many days it will take to complete the move, factoring in the length of time it will take to load and unload the van and how many people will be assisting you. Give yourself plenty of moving time because rushing can result in accidents.
It’s a good idea to check the van’s loading capacity with the hire firm. Remember that large moves can create extremely heavy loads, so you must ensure your van can handle the weight. Try to spread the heavy items evenly across the journeys and remember not to overload.
Securing van insurance is vital. There are a number of short term insurance policies available ranging from 1-28 days cover that take effect immediately. If you’re planning to share driving duties you can also get van insurance cover for someone else as a temporary additional driver. Van insurance is crucial for your safety, security and peace of mind.
Driving a van can be quite different from driving a car and there is no shame in taking it for a trial run! If you are to be the main driver it makes sense to ensure you are completely confident behind the wheel.
What are the key considerations when hiring a van? The size and capacity of the vehicle required, the estimated duration of the move and the necessary van insurance cover.