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What size removals van do I need?


When you want to move your stuff with a van, it is essential to choose a vehicle that will fit everything inside. After contacting a removal company, you will fill a quote form, where you will be asked to list the items you want to be moved.

It is essential to disclose the availability of parking space to your new home and whether the place you are moving to is accessible. It is important to consider the status of your property including the size of rooms and the size of the parking area prior to hiring a removals van. The size of the furniture and any equipment available is disclosed in the quote form. All this is essential to enable the removal company plan ahead and provide the right size of a van.

Most often there are four sizes of removal vans. You might notice that movers prefer to use a large van for any move. The following are the different sizes available.


  • Medium wheel transit vans

These are used if you are moving small sized items. For example, you may want to move a single piece of an item like a seat or beds. The advantage of this type of van is that it also has two extra passenger seats. It can also be used to transport a few personal items packed in small boxes such as student possessions or fragile goods including piano removals.

  • Long wheel transit van

It is larger than the medium, and it has a raised or standard ceiling. It can move a few household items such as furniture and beds.

  • 3.5-tonne transit van

It has an extended backside for packing your items. It can carry your furniture and personal things and kitchen stuff. It is popular with home removals for a two bedroomed house.

  • 7.5-tonne transit lorry

A transit lorry is ideal if your house is large and you have a lot of stuff to move. It is ideal if your home is a three bedroom house with different furnishings such as beds, seats, kitchen stuff among others.



Moving equipment

Each type of removal van is installed with support system depending on the type of property you are moving. For instance, some have special blankets if the kind of property you are moving is delicate like piano removals and furniture. There are usually straps to safely secure the equipment while on the move.



Moving large items

If your property is large or are moving out of a large house, then you may hire more than one van, or you can hire the services of a large removal firm so that your property does not break or get damaged.

When moving your stuff, it is essential to choose a professional home removals company. It will save you money and time so that your property can arrive at your destination safely. The best removals van should be able to accommodate all the property to be moved comfortably.


With nearly 50 years worth of experience under our belts, you can rest assured that Barnes of Lincoln’s family-run service will make your moving experience. We are a comprehensive service provider, meaning we provide quotes free of charge; we will pack, prepare and transport your belongings; then help with the moving in at the other end. Moving abroad? That’s no sweat either. We offer an international moving package that is equally good value as our UK moves. Contact our team today, to discover what we can do for you.

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