Whether it's moving to the same city or to another region, or moving a studio or a single-family home, individuals are increasingly fending for themselves. But moving alone does not mean without equipment and the question of the ecological footprint of your move is essential. In addition to the purchase of boxes, the rental of a utility vehicle - truck, van, van - is indeed essential. To make the right choice, and pollute as little as possible, here are three tips to follow to hire the most appropriate utility.
Calculate the Volume of the Move
Even before choosing a rental provider, the volume of the move must be determined. From this will depend the category of your rental vehicle. There are indeed utilities of different sizes, from the 3 m3 van to the 30 m3 van.
If it is advisable to plan a little large (2 to 3 m3 additional), it is nevertheless necessary to take care to get as close as possible to the calculated surface. Unsurprisingly, the larger the utility, the more it consumes. To avoid unnecessary pollution, it is therefore preferable to choose the smallest vehicle possible.
To find out what type of utilities you will need, you can use online volume calculators, available on the truck rental. You just have to indicate the furniture that you have in each of your rooms.
Alternatively, you can simply divide the area of your home by 2. For example, an apartment of 60 m2 will require a van of 30 m2 while for a studio of 16 m2 a van of 7 to 9 m3 will do.
Think about Optional Accessories but very Useful
Besides the category of the vehicle, there are different accessories to think about that can really make your life easier when loading and unloading the vehicle. Purely mechanical, these accessories do not require electricity or fuel and do not increase the ecological footprint of your move.
Thus, the purchase or rental of a hand truck or a cart is often complementary if not essential, whether for handling furniture or cardboard boxes.
If you have to move particularly heavy furniture or in large numbers, also be sure to rent a truck with hatch. This will allow easy handling and no risk of injury.
Finally, the hardware is not everything. There are other aspects to consider when choosing your utility, including:
- Rent a truck in one city and drop it off in another: ideal for a long-distance move.
- The extra kilometer price as part of the mileage included, to avoid unpleasant surprises.
- The duration of the rental, by the hour, half-day or day, depending on the distance to be covered.
- Vehicle age: rental utilities are generally recent models that consume and pollute less.
- Rent a electric vehicle to minimize the ecological bill.