Hiring a Van from Rental Firm
vs using a Removal Company.
Hiring a Van from a rental firm for Home Move. Is it the right thing to do?
– COST OF RENTING A VAN.
– DRIVING A LARGE VAN
– HIRING A VAN AND MOVING ON YOUR OWN. PROS & CONS.
Cost of Renting a Van. What should you know?
Generally, you need to bring the van back with at least the same amount of fuel. Otherwise, the Rental Company will charge you extra for refueling on their terms (more money, obviously). Take a picture of a fuel gauge before you rent a van and drive off. If van’s tank is full, the refueling will be simple. Unfortunately, more often the van will be partially filled with fuel, so it is purely your lucky guess how much fuel you need to put at the end. Very likely you will put more than needed.
DON'T BE LATE.
ALWAYS CHECK CAREFULLY THE RENTAL AGREEMENT, ESPECIALLY SMALL PRINT. MAKE SURE YOU KNOW WHAT TIME THE RENTAL OFFICE CLOSES AND WHAT IS THE POLICY FOR DROPPING OUT OF HOURS.
Driving a Large Van.
DO NOT OVERLOAD THE VAN.
Hiring a Van and moving on your own. Pros and Cons.
There is no money left for a Removal Firm.
You just need to move a small amount of stuff.
CONS. The small move won’t cost you a lot if you use Man and a Van service and is convenient. Consider the time required to rent the van from a rental company (you need to get there somehow – by bus, cab or Uber perhaps), do your move, drive the van back through traffic (don’t forget to refuel) and finally get back home. It may take most of the day. Also, cost-wise it may not be so obvious choice (check small prints on Van Rental Agreement).
Your destination is far away.
CONS. You would need to load and unload van on your own. Returning the van to a different location (office) is not always possible. However if your Van Rental Company agrees on that, they will charge you extra.
Your family and friends INSIST to help you.
CONS. Moving any home is rather a laborious task. It often requires heavy lifting. If you are moving furniture or appliances you would gladly use some extra equipment like trolleys, tools, removal blankets, for example. Unfortunately, a rental van is not equipped with those, so you would need to organize them somehow or deal without them. Another very important factor is the fact that you won’t be really in charge of the whole situation. It is awkward to demand anything from people that agreed to help you without any gratification. You may expect more than a few coffee breaks, etc. It will make the whole move much longer, for sure. When the van is finally loaded, you still need to drive to the destination and unload it. What about insurance in case that something got broken? Who would cover the costs?.