Things to Consider When Moving Houses

Moving houses can be an exhaustive process. Especially when it comes to transporting your furniture. If you aren’t prepared, you can be in for a lot of hassle and headache, especially if you don’t opt to use a moving service.

In this blog, we will show you the things to consider when moving houses

North London Van & Truck Hire Ltd is here to provide solutions for you. With over 30 years of experience under our belts, our services are valued and recognised in North London and beyond. Our expertise is to help you find the right van, for the right job.

Our fleet includes small, medium and large vans, in addition to mini buses, automatic vans, electric vans and more! We also provide the ability to purchase vans.

How far in advance should I transport my items when moving

How far in advance should I transport my items when moving

Ideally, as soon as you have the keys for your new home, you should begin moving items over. Starting with the ones you need the least. Which can include some furniture. However, this can be difficult as you may be spending more on hiring a van or using a service multiple times, rather than in one go.

It is always best to do things within your own means. Maybe it would be better to transport smaller items you don’t need via your own car, or with the help of a friend who drives. After this, scheduling a moving service, or a period of van hire can make it easier to transport the remaining furniture and the essential items you require.

We understand everybody’s circumstances are different, but moving all of your items on the final day of your tenancy is a bad idea. As rushing can lead to damaged items, and even the possibility that you forget to transport certain things.

We would recommend that you go through each room of your home, and begin to pack unessential items, and take them first with your own car or through a friend or family member who drives. Eventually, you will be left with the essential items of each room, which can be transported via a moving company or via a van you have hired.

Things to consider when moving houses

Things to consider when moving houses

Moving houses has a lot of considerations that you must make well in advance before the moving can commence. This is especially true for the way you decide to move your furniture and items. Being aware of this, and acting accordingly, will help to mitigate any possible issues you could experience if you do not take the time to prepare.

You should consider the following things when it comes to using a van hiring service when moving furniture for when you move house:

  • How much is being moved? This will directly affect the kind of van you should hire. Hiring a small van would result in more journeys being needed, and may not fit all of your furniture, depending on the size of the furniture, and the van itself.
  • How far is the move? Van hiring services, including ours, have a daily mileage limit for our hired vans. The only exception in our case are our 7.5 ton vans, which have unlimited mileage. Aside from this, all of our other options have a 150 daily mileage limit.

This means that moves that are over a long distance may be difficult to do whilst staying in the mileage limit. Or if you hire the wrong sized van, the accumulated mileage from constantly going back and forth from the homes could make you end up going over the mileage limit.

  • Is it worth using a moving service? In some cases, using a moving service may be more advantageous, even if the cost can be a little higher. It would be ideal for those who can not drive, have serious health issues, or are physically unable to move and transport their items themselves.

However, if you want to personally handle your items due to their sensitivity, or you have the time, ability, and funds available to conduct the move yourself, hiring a van would be the better option.

  • What is the vehicle access like? Some areas have very limited access for larger vans or vehicles in general, especially when it comes to parking. To deal with this, you have to plan in advance how you intend to manoeuvre through the area without causing any problems.

Should I use my car to move furniture?

In a vast majority of cases, you should not use a regular car to transport furniture. The limited space has the potential to damage the furniture or your vehicle, whilst also possibly limiting your view through your driver mirror. This can create an unsafe driving environment, putting yourself and others at risk.

However, smaller items that are boxed and secure can be transported with little to no issue. As long as they aren’t moving freely in the vehicle, and you are driving appropriately, smaller items can be transported in the car easily.

Do I need a HGV licence to transport furniture in a van?

No. a HGV licence is only needed for lorries or vans over a certain weight limit. All the vans provided by North London Van and Truck Hire are underneath that weight limit. This means, in terms of licences, you only require a standard UK driving licence in order to be eligible to hire from our selection of vans.

How to hire the best van for moving houses

With North London Van & Truck Hire Ltd, hiring the best van to move your furniture is simple, easy, and affordable. Ideally for those in the North London or Enfield area, our services include a 150-mile daily limit, (Except from our 7.5 ton Box Tail Lift Vans which have unlimited mileage) which should be more than enough for those moving furniture locally. Here is how you can secure your van for hire.

  1. Head to our website
  2. Select your pick-up location, followed by return location, pick-up date, pick-up time, drop-off date, and drop-off time. Then press enter.
  3. Select the van you require. (Please note that availability will change as other people are making/have made bookings).
  4. After choosing the van, follow on to the next page, where you can select any add-ons you may require.
  5. After selecting add-ons, follow on to the next page, where you need to enter personal details.
  6. If your details comply with our requirements, we will present a quote, which you can decide to pay, or try another service.
  7. If you are happy with this quote, we arrange a time for you to come to the showroom, view the van, and complete the rental process by verifying the required documentation.

For peace of mind, all the vans we provide for hire are maintained to the best standard. They are checked regularly to ensure there are no issues that would impact you in any way. After each customer has used our vans, we conduct our checks.

Hire a van to move your items today

Hire a van to move your items today

North London Van & Truck Hire Ltd has over 30 years of experience, which has allowed us to provide a varied fleet of vans suitable for a variety of needs. We encourage you to get in contact with us today to see how we can help you. Below, you can find our opening hours, address, and contact details.

We hope to have provided helpful information by showing you the things to consider when moving houses. Whilst also providing supplementary information to help you make an informed choice when it comes to van hire.

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Sunday: Closed


North London Van & Truck Hire Ltd,

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