Renting a van and moving your belongings yourself is a potentially beneficial way of saving money and retaining control over moving day; a day that is said to be one of the most stressful experiences in life.
You won’t have to worry about whether the removal company will turn up on time, and whether they will take good care of your belongings. You also won’t have to pay hundreds of pounds, or even more, in order to have them complete the work on your behalf, but you should ensure that you are fully prepared, that you have everything you need in order to benefit from the rental, and that you have the supporting cast to help load and unload items, and even to take on the mantle of driving if you need a break or are unable to drive yourself for any reason.
Family members are likely to be your first port of call when looking for assistance, but close friends can also be called upon. Buy boxes, bubble wrap, and use old newspapers to ensure that everything can be wrapped safely, securely, and properly. While you can use boxes from supermarkets and shops, if they are too badly damaged or were only designed to carry light items, they may not prove suitable for the intended purpose. Buying boxes means that you can use stronger and sturdier boxes, and it also means that you can buy specialist boxes like wardrobe boxes that are designed specifically to keep clothing straight and safe, ensuring that they don’t become badly damaged.
Whether you collect the van on the day of the move or the day before, you should allow yourself enough time to collect it, make the necessary checks, and even to become accustomed to the vehicle, especially if you are not a regular van driver. While most vans are very similar in their driving requirements to cars, there are some obvious differences, and if you jump straight in and start loading it up, you are likely to find the whole experience more difficult.
Take the time to check the vehicle for damage with the van rental company representative, and even consider taking photos on your mobile phone. When you return the van, you should conduct similar checks so that you and the van company can ensure that it is returned in the same condition it was taken. You will have to leave a credit card on file, and give permission for the cost of repairs to be taken from this card, so it is important to ensure that you know exactly what condition the van is in.
Adjust mirrors before driving away, make sure you know what type of fuel the van takes, and familiarise yourself with the controls. You should also check that the back doors open without problem, that you know how to control the tail lift, if there is one, and that you have provided all documentation and details to the rental company for you, and for any additional drivers.
Whether you want two or more drivers, a small Transit or large Luton van, and whether you need to rent the van for a day or a week, Nationwide Hire UK offers competitively priced and high quality van rental to UK customers.