Many people are not aware of the risks that come with hiring vans when moving home, as opposed to hiring a man and van service. The obvious expense with hiring a van is the deposit you are required to pay when collecting the van which on average is £300.00. Then there is the excess they charge for the smallest of scratches. As they would have asked for your credit/debit card details prior to you taking the hire van, there is not much you can do to stop them taking the £1,000 excess which is the standard excess charged by hire van companies.
Then there are the tools required to move your items safely i.e. trollies, straps and blankets. You will not be provided with this equipment by hire van companies, they will let you drive away knowing there is a good chance that you have no experience in driving a heavy goods vehicle and that you have no experience in loading the vehicle safely. If you do not use straps and blankets when loading the van, there is every chance you will get to the first corner on route to your destination and you will hear a loud bang in the back of the van. Not only will your personal possessions be damaged but so may the van be internally. Now what seemed like a good idea has turned into an expensive nightmare. This is where using a professional man and van service provider can avoid all of the above.
Any professional man and van service provider will always have the required equipment to move your items safely. You may be asked to pay a small deposit by credit or debit card upon booking and securing your van’s availability. You can then pay the remaining total in cash to the driver on completion who will issue you with a paper or electronic receipt. If you do not feel you need the driver’s help loading and unloading, which is why you have considered hiring a van, you can request a customer loading service which will reduce the total you are quoted and two people can travel in the van with the driver at no extra charge.
On the whole I would always recommend a man and van service provider rather than hire van companies as it saves you time and money and is a lot less hassle as you don’t have to go to the garage, fill up the van with fuel on the way back to the hire van's address, then have to wait around for them to look over the van with a magnifying glass and then to finish off a stressful day, if you don’t have anyone to meet you at the hire van's address, you will need to pay more money for public transport to get home!