The minute you mention the word moving, all you hear is removers this removers that. But you may not want to hire a remover at all, so what options do you have then? Professional removal services are best known for their perfectionism and professionalism. Having a professional by your side assisting you during the nerve wrecking experience that moving is, has become most reassuring to people. It seems that hardly has a move been planned, that the removers are already hired. This dependency in this day and age has made removal companies very famous indeed. A removal company now no longer only deals with removals whereby your items are transported from one location to another. They can also help you with packing, unpacking and even storing your possessions. With all these services now being offered to us, and most of us too busy to do any of this on our own, removal companies are a blessing sent from heaven! However, this is where the idea of professional removers can turn someone off instantly – PRICE! Whoever said that nothing comes free these days was not lying. A full professional removal service is going to cost a full professional removal price. With so many other things to budget for, people are often left having to tighten their purse strings when it comes to removal services. An alternative to hiring a professional removal service is to rent a van or truck. Not only do rental vans and trucks offer you an alternative to hiring professional removers, but they are also kinder to your purse in the sense that they are cheaper than professional removal services. Another well-known phrase you should be familiar with is ‘you get what you pay for’. This also applies in this scenario. Whereas an expensive professional removal service could potentially do everything for you, a van or truck rental would mean that you are in charge of doing absolutely everything. You need to take preparatory steps to packing: find packing materials such as boxes, bubble wrap, Styrofoam, old unwanted newspapers etc. You also need to start emptying those dreaded places – any sheds, pantries, garages or the home of all clutter better known as the attic. If you are new to moving it is suggested that you do some research into the different factors you need to consider. Even tasks that seem simple enough such as packing have an instruction manual. It’s wise to check all the do’s and don’ts of packing, loading, unloading etc. since this will all be done by you. There are two types of rental vans and trucks that you can hire. The first is a self-service van or truck rental. As the name suggests, not only will you be in charge of packing, loading, unloading and unpacking, but you will also be in charge of driving the van or truck. Of course before an agreement is made the company will want to see your driver’s licence to ensure that you are authorised to drive the vehicle. The second type of van or truck rental comes with a driver, making your job a little easier. The most common of these are known as man with a van rental, which are widely available. Any move costs money. It is therefore wise to work out a budget before physically starting any work. This budget can then determine whether or not you should be going down the professional remover’s route, or the van/truck rental route. With a rental truck you may find that you’re under more pressure, but it’d be worse if you hired a service you couldn’t afford!