Top Tips for Hiring a Van When Moving Home or OfficeAugust 17, 2016
Moving home or office can be a stressful time, but it doesn’t have to be. By keeping on top of everything and using the services out there efficiently, your move can go off without a hitch. This month, we’ll be letting you in on our top tips for hiring a van when moving home or office to help get you off the ground when planning your move.
Size Is Everything
The single most important thing you will have to consider when planning your move is the size of the van you’ll need for all your belongings. You don’t want to hire a van that is too large and pay a higher rate unnecessarily, nor do you want to hire one that is too small and find out the hard way you can’t fit everything in it. For beginners, moving all of your stuff may be easier to do in theory than when the time actually comes, but you’ll need to try and pick the right size van regardless.
Overall, you should be looking to hire a van you can use to do the move in one trip in order to save on fuel costs. If possible, you should seek the advice of others who have done similar moves that you may know.
You’ll need to look for the best value van hire out there, and there’s only one way to do that: shop around. Get quotes from a number of car hire businesses to compare and contrast the costs and benefits of each. You should also ask to see the vehicles themselves to see whether or not they are kept in good condition. Nothing is worse than breaking down halfway through a move, so be sure to get a guarantee that the van is in full working order. Also, you should check that there are no extra fees that may push the cost of hiring a van up and out of your budget range.
Safely Driving the Van
Driving a van is a lot different to driving a car, and there are some important considerations you’ll need to be aware of when you drive one, especially if you have never driven one before. Firstly, you’ll have to be conscious of the fact that the van is taller and may hit overhanging tree branches or bridges if you aren’t careful.
Secondly, your blind spots will be different to when you’re driving your car, particularly on your left; you’ll have to use your mirrors more comprehensively than you would in a car to avoid hitting the kerb or, worse, a cyclist or pedestrian when turning corners.
And finally, though this may go without saying, the van is heavier than your car, so take care to drive slower than you would otherwise to remain safe on the road. The added benefit of driving slower when moving home or office is that your belongings in the back of the van won’t be shaken loose, thereby making them less likely to be damaged in transit.
Returning the Van
To avoid any penalty fares, when you return the van you’ll need to make sure that it’s in the same condition as when you hired it initially. Check the van for anything you may have left in it accidentally, and more often than not the firm will ask you to refuel the van at least in part, charging you should you not. Moreover, keep your hands on all your paperwork to ensure that no disagreements on deposits arise, or that if anything went wrong to ensure that you aren’t liable for it.
With over 30 years of experience in the industry, Whitgift Hire are second-to-none when it comes to van, car, and lorry hire throughout London and the South East of England. We have a fleet of over 400 well-maintained vehicles available for hire that cater to any requirement you may have across commercial and domestic fields.
We are fully certified and accredited and offer a comprehensive breakdown cover for hires to ensure that when you hire from us you’re always in the safest hands. To discuss hiring a vehicle from Whitgift Hire, contact our friendly team today!