What Size Moving Van Do I Need to Rent


Moving to a new house can be stressful and time-consuming — although also exciting! — experience. One of the most important decisions you’ll need to make for your move is the size of the van to rent. Too small and you’ll risk having to make multiple trips, too large and you’ll pay for space that you don’t need. Furthermore, having the wrong size van can jeopardize the safety of your possessions: too much space for your items can be as potentially damaging to them as too little..

How Do I Figure Out the Right Size Van?

So how do you estimate the size of the van that you’ll need? The first thing to do is to take stock of your rooms, making note of any particularly large or difficult items. Some pieces, like a piano, may need to be moved only by specialists and you will also want to check with your moving van rental company about moving flammable or other dangerous materials.

Most experts recommend a van size based on the number of rooms that you have. For example,

  • One-room apartment: 3 – 4 square meters
  • Two-room apartment: 3.5 – 6.5 square meters
  • Three-room house: 4 – 6 square meters. 
  • Five-room house: 6.5 – 8 square meters

You can also find numerous online calculators where you can itemize your furniture and number of boxes and get a precise figure for the space that it will occupy.

What If I Don’t Know What Size I Need?

The best course of action is to speak to a moving van rental expert, who can guide you through choosing the best size for your needs. Local companies who specialize in a particular region are usually very knowledgeable about the types of housing in the region and the sizes of vans that have worked well for their customers in the past. 

How Can a Ven Rental Company Help Me?

Locally-owned and operated companies not only focus on a specific region but can also offer free delivery and pickup of the vans, saving customers valuable time and hassle. Customers making a cross-country move can also arrange for the delivery and pick-up of vans anywhere in the U.K.

Simon from Southern Van Hire told us that the moving process can go significantly faster if beforehand you laid out some important aspects of moving offices which we listed below:  

  • How many rooms are you moving?
  • How many boxes do you anticipate packing?
  • Any special or delicate items?
  • Any large appliances or furniture?

Your expert may steer you to small, medium, or large vans to box vans or even a truck. Working with a locally owned and respected company can ensure that you have a large inventory to choose from and that the vehicles are well-maintained, clean, and insured. Rental prices can fluctuate depending on demand and time of year so it’s best to speak to an expert to ensure that you’re getting the best price for the size of your move. 

As you prepare to move residences, choosing the right equipment can ensure that your move is affordable and stress-free and that your possessions arrive safely at your new home. Choosing the right size van for your needs can be the most important first step in this process.