What Vehicle to hire for Moving House?

Many of our customers ask this question. So we decided to come up with a blog to answer most of your questions.

1. Question 1 (The big one): What vehicle should I hire for moving house?

Trust us it’s not a simple one – we often see our customers underestimating how much stuff they have. The simplest and quickest way to start with this is to make a list of all bulky items in your house like beds (no of beds and sizes), furniture, heavy electricals, large showpieces etc. It is very likely that most of us think we have less items and would assume we can fit it all in a small truck. 

Now a few sample lists and a mapping of what truck is best for you.

Sample SizeMatching Vehicle
-> 3 Bedroom House
1. 2 king size beds + kids bed
2. 3 Wardrobes
3. Dining Table
4. Washing machine + Dryer
5. Fridge
6. Electricals – TV, Music System
Pick a large truck, if you do not want multiple trips. Consider one with a tail lift if you do not want a back pain.
But if it’s a small distance and you can make a few trips, even a small truck would suffice.
Size: The largest of our trucks are 18 to 20 cubic metres cargo area and average 4.36m long, 1.95m high, 2.07m wide.
-> 2 Bedroom House
1
. 2 king size beds + kids bed
2. 3 Wardrobes
3. Dining Table
4. Washing machine + Dryer
5. Fridge
6. Electricals – TV, Music System
Consider extra items and boxes. But you would certainly be able to fit in even 25 moving boxes or crates along with all this stuff. Consider one with a tail lift, it makes it lifting and loading trucks really easy.
Size: Our medium sized trucks are between 14-16 cubic metres cargo area and average 4.2m long, 2.0m high, 1.8m wide and are available in most locations.
-> 1 Bedroom House
1. 2 king size beds + kids bed
2. 3 Wardrobes
3. Dining Table
4. Washing machine + Dryer
5. Fridge
6. Electricals – TV, Music System
Pick a small truck or even a large Cargo Van is good. One even without a tail lift should work if you don’t have many heavy items. You can hire a moving kit with a trolley to load and unload stuff.
Size: The smallest of our trucks is between 10-12 cubic metres and average 3.16m long, 1.94 high, 1.70 wide and is available in most locations.

Question 2. Adding an additional driver? Do we charge anything extra?

No, we don’t. 🙂 

Question 3. I want to move from Wellington to Christchurch. Can your trucks go on a ferry?

Yes of course, most of our trucks can go on a ferry.

Questions 4. I need to move from Wellington to Auckland. Do you do one way hires? 

Unfortunately we don’t do one-way hire. If you hire from one location you would have to return the vehicle to the same location.

Question 5. Do you provide trucks with automatic transmission?

Yes. We have a limited number of Vans and Trucks available. Bookings are essential.

At Handy, we have an extensive variety of fleet to suit your moving needs. Most of our vehicles have a tail lift option, backing cameras, modern stereos. We take pride in our customer service and vehicles, just take a look at our reviews here.

To speak to one of our vehicle experts – Call at 0800 47 48 49 or email us at [email protected]

Happy Moving!

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