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Can s single parent move house by renting a van?

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Pawslikepaddington Fri 26-Sep-08 16:43:23

Do you think I can manage it? I will be fine with all the boxes etc, am just worried about shifting the washer, dryer and sofa. Do you think I could do it if a friend helped for half an hour? We are moving two roads away! The van is £28, but I have been quoted £550 by a removal co!

AnarchyAunt Fri 26-Sep-08 16:45:52


I moved 80 miles with a van hired for the weekend, and my parents helping.

If only round the corner, then definitely. But get a big friend (or two) to help.

Pawslikepaddington Fri 26-Sep-08 16:46:58

Oooh I love you for saying that!! Power to the women! Yeah! Will press order ..... now! Hurrah! grin

Pawslikepaddington Fri 26-Sep-08 16:48:52

And will a washer fit in a renault Kangoo? I can't rent anything bigger as I am too young blush xx

tootiredtothink Fri 26-Sep-08 16:49:49

Yep, I helped my cousin move house (i was the van drivergrin). It took us all day but we did it!!!

Fimbo Fri 26-Sep-08 16:50:08

Can you borrow a friend's dh/dp or two for the heavy lifting?

AnarchyAunt Fri 26-Sep-08 16:50:30

Oooh no idea, sorry. Know nothing about vans and sizes...

misdee Fri 26-Sep-08 16:52:55

i would advise to hiring a transit van (under £100 plus refundable depositi) and getting a team of friendly lifters in to help.

usually we move house this way, and can get everything in 2-3 van loads. (we have 3 kids). this time, we are hiring removals company as neither dh and i are in a position to lug furniture about.

expatinscotland Fri 26-Sep-08 16:54:21

Can you get a 'man with a van'?

We got one in Edinburgh when we moved with no car.

Only £50/hour and money well spent because we only needed about an hour and a half of his time.

Pawslikepaddington Fri 26-Sep-08 16:55:21

They won't let me hire a bigger one as I'm under 25, but apparently you can get a washer and dryer in the back without putting the seats down shock. Also have a car, so can whizz a lot over the night before (we get the keys on the 1st) xx I have no friends with dps (gosh that's embarrassing!) but have a few strong lifting friends!

Pawslikepaddington Fri 26-Sep-08 16:56:03

Man and vans are v cheap, I must admit-we used one last time and I was suitably impressed, but lost their number!

misdee Fri 26-Sep-08 16:58:51

can you get anyone to drive for you? i alweays got my dad to hire a van for us.

AnarchyAunt Fri 26-Sep-08 16:59:16

Look in the back of the local paper for a man-n-van.

That's where I found the last one I got, and very nice he was too grin

Pawslikepaddington Fri 26-Sep-08 17:01:50

Ooh, I've got a renault trafic-I rang and was allowed one of those! And have two guys to give me a hand-thank you all for your wonderful advice-I may use a man and a van yet! grin

critterjitter Fri 26-Sep-08 18:06:36

Get one of those things on wheels to load the washing machine onto and wheel along (sorry, don't know the name of them!). If I remember, they sell yellow ones in IKEA!

I'd say that you'd need your friend for more than 1/2 an hour though. Remember that you'll need to load the sofa, washing machine etc. onto the van and then off the van and into place in the new house. I'd ask them if they could help you for a few hours????

Good luck!

Pawslikepaddington Fri 26-Sep-08 18:20:08

They will be able to help all afternoon, so that's great news! Just come back from Ikea-what a SHAME, I'll have to go back again grin!

critterjitter Fri 26-Sep-08 18:53:06

If I remember, they were near the tills etc.

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