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Can s single parent move house by renting a van?

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Pawslikepaddington · 26/09/2008 16:43

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!

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AnarchyAunt · 26/09/2008 16:45


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 · 26/09/2008 16:46

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

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Pawslikepaddington · 26/09/2008 16:48

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

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tootiredtothink · 26/09/2008 16:49

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

Fimbo · 26/09/2008 16:50

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

AnarchyAunt · 26/09/2008 16:50

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

misdee · 26/09/2008 16:52

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 · 26/09/2008 16:54

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 · 26/09/2008 16:55

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 . 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!

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Pawslikepaddington · 26/09/2008 16:56

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

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misdee · 26/09/2008 16:58

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

AnarchyAunt · 26/09/2008 16:59

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

Pawslikepaddington · 26/09/2008 17:01

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!

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critterjitter · 26/09/2008 18:06

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 · 26/09/2008 18:20

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 !

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critterjitter · 26/09/2008 18:53

If I remember, they were near the tills etc.

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