Can I Hire a Removal Van?

In this article we look at removal van hire for self-drive, providing details of what the largest van is that you can drive with a normal licence when doing your house move, and where you can hire one.

The recent Budget, announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak, revealed a number of incentives to get many industry sectors moving once again following the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The property market was one such sector to benefit, with the mortgage guarantee scheme and the extension of the Stamp Duty Holiday already providing a boost for property buyers and sellers alike. 

Since the Budget announcement mortgage searches and associated borrowing has been at its highest level in five years according to data from the Bank of England, with many people keen to take advantage of the extension and guarantee initiative sooner rather than later. 

Whether you’re moving home or office, negotiating the logistics of removal still remains a challenge. With money tighter than ever for most families at the moment, tackling the removal process affordably will be high on the agenda. But you may not have to part with your hard-earned cash hiring a removals company to take on the move for you. Let us talk you through why hiring a removal van type vehicle of your own and doing the move yourself is the best option.

Is hiring your own removal van to self drive really cheaper?

Purchasing a new property involves footing the bill for many, often hidden expenses. Whilst you won’t have to worry about paying Stamp Duty if your new home is worth up to £500,000 when buying before the end of June, the costs of your deposit; conveyancing fees; professional surveys; mortgage valuation, arrangement and brokering; estate agent fees; and life insurance all add up. So why add to these costs by paying for professional removal?

According to recent research from the HomeOwners Alliance (HOA), the average cost of a house removal during 2020 was between £300 and £871, and that’s only if your new property is located within 10 miles of your current address!

With van rental from us costing from just £29.29 per day, hiring a van to undertake the move yourself really is a no brainer! By forgoing the professional removals service, you won’t have to shell out for this added expense and can use the money you save to make your new house feel like home.

The same applies to those moving their corporate lives to a new business premises. The cost of professional removal can easily spiral due to the size of office equipment. By hiring a van and convincing a couple of energetic employees or co-workers to help, you can save your company a small fortune.

What are the other benefits of hiring your own van for a house move?

Saving money may be one of the main reasons to hire your own van for removals but it’s not the only reward you can reap by doing it yourself. By hiring your own van, you can take on moving home or office in your own time. You aren’t restricted to a tight timeslot with van rental, and there’s more flexibility so you can move property at your own pace. 

When hiring a van, you will have to plan in advance to estimate how long your move is likely to take as this will dictate your van hire period. Once you’ve determined how long the big move will take however, you choose a day that suits you, which means you can easily fit the move around your schedule.

The increased level of control is another plus-point many self-movers applaud. You have full control over the packing, loading, transport and unloading of your belongings, and this gives many people extra peace of mind during the stressful moving process, especially if they’re worried that belongings could get damaged along the way.

What’s the biggest removal van I can hire without a HGV licence?

Hiring a van to complete your home or office move is easier than most people think. By law, you can drive a van weighing up to 3,500kg if you hold a standard UK car driving licence, which is a whole lot of space to fit your belongings! Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a HGV licence or any additional driving qualifications to hire a large van, but what’s the biggest type of van someone with a standard car driving licence can hire?

Our Luton and long wheelbase vans are the biggest vans you can hire from Collison Vehicle Rental. These sized vans provide an extraordinary amount of space so you can tackle your house or office move in as fewer trips as possible. On average a 3.5 tonne Luton van can hold up to 40 boxes of personal goods alongside large furniture items such as dining sets, sofas, beds, wardrobes and white goods. 

Many of our 3.5 tonne Luton vans come with electric tail lifts, a handy feature that makes loading and unloading the heaviest items in your possession a breeze. They also provide a range of modern conveniences to make driving to your new home or office – whether it’s up the road or a little further afield – a more comfortable experience. You’ll enjoy air conditioning, electric windows, a CD player, and comfortable seating as standard, allowing you to take a load off after packing up.

How can we help you get moving?

We offer a number of vans for hire both for personal and professional use. Many customers come to us to hire vans for house and office moves, and you’ll find highly competitive pricing, a simple and stress-free booking service, and the best, highest quality van models for your move as a result. Our most popular vans include the Renault Kangoo, Renault Trafic, Fiat Ducato and Mercedes Sprinter.

In addition to Luton and long wheelbase vans, we have several smaller van types for hire. These smaller vans provide the perfect hires for minor home or office moves, or if you’re not comfortable driving a larger, long wheelbase vehicle. 

With Collison Vehicle Rental’s Waterlooville van hire service, the price we quote is the price you pay. Our quotation covers your rental cost, insurance, breakdown cover and VAT, meaning all your safety and legal requirements are fulfilled throughout your rental period. Extras such as children’s car seats, satellite navigation systems, insurance for additional drivers, and delivery and collection outside the area are also available for an additional fee.

To hire a van with us, you must be between 21 and 75 years of age with a full and clean UK driving licence. You must have held this driving licence for at least two years. 

Explore our van range today or reserve your van online now to plan ahead for your house or office move. Alternatively, please contact our team direct to find out more about our van hire service.