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Moving house with Zipcar


Moving home can be stressful, and given most people only move a total of eight times in their life, it's not something most of us have much practice at, either! But there are some quick wins you can make to ease the pain. It's all about using the right equipment, getting prepared... and of course using the right vehicle. Thousands of people use Zipcar to move house, so here’s some handy tips that will help you get moving quicker.


Choosing the right size vehicles for your house move

Before you book a vehicle to move it’s good to understand how much stuff you have and vehicle best suits your needs. As soon as you know, book your vehicle to avoid missing out. 


Can you move house with a car?

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Can you move house with a car?

You might feel like you’ve got a lot of stuff... but the amount you can fit in a car might also surprise you.  We've got various makes and models of cars, the biggest being VW Golfs and VW Tourans. Perfect if you don’t have much stuff or you’re mainly transporting clothes.

The boot space of a Golf is 380l and 1270 with the rear seats down

The boot space of a Touran is 743l and 1857l with all the seats down


Roundtrip or Flex cars for moving?

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Roundtrip or Flex cars for moving?

If you’re lucky enough to get all your worldly belongings into one car, in London you've got the option to take a one-way Flex car. Load her up, get to your place, and as long as you’re in the Zipzone once you’re unpacked – you're good to go!

If you have rented a van, or Roundtrip car don’t forget you will need to return it to its bay before you can end your trip.

Moving house with a van

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Moving house with a van

If you’ve bulky furniture and are on your way to having a forest of house plants, a van might be for you. Vans are most popular for moving home as you’ll be more likely to get the move done in one trip.

The vans dimensions are 235cm (L) x 148cm (W) x 130cm (H)

Looking to move home quickly and easily? Join Zipcar, take your pick from hundreds of vans around the corner, and drive from just £10/hour. 

Discover the easy way to rent a van by visiting the Zipcar Van Hire page now

Manage your time effectively

Moving home is an intense period, so it’s important to ensure you have everything in check before you start. Here are some handy tips for how you can get ahead when it comes to moving day.


Plan your last few meals


The kitchen is always a tricky room to pack up, being ahead of the game will make things easier even if you’re just going to get takeaway.

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Pack everything


Whether you’re putting things in boxes, taping drawers shut or using luggage, there’s nothing worse than getting to moving day and not having finished the packing.


Label the boxes


Write the contents and which room they’re to go in to make it easier, especially if you’ve roped someone in to help

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Move furniture first


It might be easier to move smaller things first but it won’t be easier when you get to your new place.

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Redirect your post


Whilst most services are increasingly paperless, you will likely still receive letters to your address. Use the Royal Mail's Postal Redirection service to make sure you don’t miss anything.

Buying and selling furniture

Moving home is expensive so why not treat it as a time to get declutter and make some cash or find a bargain.

Have a clear out

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Have a clear out

There’s nothing like a move to realise how much stuff you don’t need. If you're clearing out, take what you can to charity shops - London has some absolute crackers and they will ensure your beloved belongings will go to a good home - hire a van with Zipcar in London to help ensure they get there safely. If you would prefer to sell your belongings, try Facebook marketplace, Nextdoor, eBay, Gumtree, Shpock.

Need furniture?

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Need furniture?

Lots of people want to buy new furniture and IKEA is close enough to most Londoners, but there's also some great things to be found second hand. Places such as Facebook marketplace, eBay, Gumtree, Shpock are great places to start your search. Local Facebook groups are often the first place people share these things and they’re a great way to know what’s going on in your new neighbourhood.

Why Zipcar?

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Save money

We pay for fuel, parking, Congestion Charge and insurance – so you get access to a car without all the hassle of owning one!

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Rent a car locally

Zipcars live just around the corner. We've got the largest car sharing fleet in the UK (not that we're boasting) and you'll find us in cities across the UK. 

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Drive on-demand

Whatever you need wheels for, we’ve got them. Rent cars and vans by the minute, hour or day when and where you need them.

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Live greener

We’re the perfect addition to buses, trains and bikes for those times when you just need a car. We've also got hundreds of electric cars in our fleet.