All About Removal Truck Rental & How Your Business Benefits

May 25, 2022

As a business owner in NSW, you suspect moving an office or relocating your warehouse or retail business can be a huge undertaking. Not only is there the physical work of packing and transporting everything, but there’s also the hassle of coordinating with other businesses who may be involved in helping you to move.

A great solution to this problem is to rent your own removal truck. Removal trucks are specially designed for moving large volumes of goods, and they come in different sizes to accommodate varying needs. Plus, renting a truck is more affordable than buying one outright.

In this article, we’ll look at the various rental options available and we’ll highlight some of the potential benefits for your business. We’ll also provide some tips on planning, and successfully moving, a workplace.

What is a removal truck and what are its uses

A removal truck is a vehicle specifically designed for moving goods. It comes in different sizes, depending on the number, and size, of goods needing to be transported. The interior is generally empty, to optimise the space available. There will be tie-down spots to secure the load.

Removal trucks can be used for a variety of purposes, including moving office furniture, relocating a warehouse, or transporting large items such as appliances or furniture.

The benefits of renting a removal truck

The benefits of renting a removal truck

There are many benefits to renting a removal truck, as opposed to buying one outright. For businesses, the main benefit is cost savings. Renting a truck is more affordable than purchasing one, and it also allows you to avoid the maintenance costs associated with owning a vehicle.

You only pay for the time you need; If your move takes a day, then you only pay for one day’s rental.

There’s no maintenance or upkeep required

You can rest assured the truck will be in top condition, well-maintained and fit for the task at hand.

How to choose the right rental for your needs

The truck, or trucks you need are dependent on your requirements and the size of your office, warehouse or shop and the amount of furniture and stock you have to transport.

For a smaller move, you may be able to get everything into a van or the back of a ute. If you are moving food or perishable goods, you may need to consider renting a refrigerated truck. A moving truck, complete with moving equipment (such as a trolley and blankets) could be perfect for you.

We’ll look at the options available from some of the trucks available for rentals at Southern Cross Truck Rentals (SCTR):

  • Vans and Utes
    • Our utes are recent model, manual drive, Mitsubishi Tritons. They will carry up to a tonne, in the tray, which is exposed to the elements.
    • We have vans with a cargo capacity of 1 tonne or 1.5 tonnes. We have a range of models available, with varying lengths and heights.
  • Refrigerated trucks
    • Our smaller refrigerated trucks will transport two tonnes of cargo. They can be driven using a “C” car licence.
    • Our three, six and eight-tonne refrigerated trucks require an “LR” and “HR” licence, respectively.
    • Our refrigerated trucks have optional power leads. You will be able to plug them in if you need to stop on the way to your destination.
  • Moving Trucks
    • Our three-tonne pantech truck can be driven with a “C” car licence and come equipped with a tail-lift
    • Our largest. 7.5 and 8-tonne pantechs both come equipped with a tail-lift, for easy, roll on, roll off, loading and unloading.
    • We can supply ropes, blankets and other moving equipment with these trucks.

How to prepare for your move

How to prepare for your move

  • Planning
    • Before you begin packing, it’s important to plan out your move. This includes deciding what needs to be moved and what can be discarded. You’ll need to create a timeline for the move. You can schedule packing before the move and unpacking at your destination. This will help your business can get up and running as quickly as possible.
  • Packing
    Once you have decided what needs to be moved, it’s time to start packing

    • Furniture, including desks, tables and chairs. Furniture is heavy and bulky and will need careful handling to avoid injuryIT Equipment is the stuff on people’s desks, tables or counters. All the equipment used together, such as a laptop or desktop PC, mouse, keyboard, monitor and cables, should be packed together. This should be in a sturdy crate and well padded with foam or blankets.Storage, such as shelving, coat and hat stands and cupboards. Your new location may already have the storage you need. If not, use special care when moving bulky items to avoid scratching and damaging floors and walls.
  • Employees
    Your staff can end up being the trickiest thing to move. People often don’t like change. Involve them in planning and communicate with them often

    • Moving roles
      • Make sure everybody understands their role in your move. Explain what they have to pack and load. Share timescales – when must the packing be completed? Are there plans for alternative working during your workplace relocation?
    • Your new workplace
      • If possible, arrange a site visit for employees. They will be keen to see the new place and the layout. They’ll want to know where the bathrooms are and where they can get a coffee or sit down to eat lunch.
    • Training
      • You should consider OHS education for your staff. At its simplest, this could be training in lifting techniques to reduce the risk of injuries during workplace packing and loading.
  • Your new location

    • Don’t forget to change the address on any envelopes or letterheads. Reprint business cards and update your social media groups and your website.
      Suppliers and customers
    • Advise them of your moving plans, including the move date. After you’ve relocated, send reminders. Make sure they all know where to find you!
  • Project Management
    Your office relocation is a project like any other, with start and end dates, finance required and things potentially not going to plan. Appoint a project manager to develop a schedule, budget and assess risks.You, your customers and your employees will appreciate having a single person for any queries regarding the move.Some of the tasks your relocation project manager will need to do:

    • Schedule the moving date
    • Arrange for crates to be delivered before the moving date
    • Ensure all employees know when they have to finish packing their moving crates
    • If there are a lot of items to move, or heavy, bulky items, your project manager may consider hiring a team to help with the loading and unloading of the removal truck
    • Cleaning, of both new and old workplace
    • Arrange for moving crates to be collected as soon as possible after the relocation

Tips for packing and transporting goods

Tips for packing and transporting goods

Here are a few expert tips, to help your move go smoothly:

  • Use strong boxes and packing materials to protect your belongings
  • Label your boxes clearly to help you easily find what you need. Make sure the label includes details of where the contents of the crate will be situated at the new workplace
  • Pack heavy items on the bottom of the box and lighter items on top
  • When transporting goods, use blankets or straps to secure them in place
  • Keep a list of what was packed in each crate and number the crates. If the items are delivered to the wrong location in your new workplace, it will make it easier to find and relocate.
  • Use the ties supplied with the moving truck to make sure everything is secured within the truck. Bulky items moving around during transportation can cause a lot of damage!

What to do when you reach your destination

  • Clean
    • You should make sure your destination is clean when you arrive to begin unpacking. You may consider hiring cleaners for your current office, depending on the terms of your lease.
  • Protect
    • You could use rubber matting on flooring and protect corners and elevator walls with foam or cardboard. It would be easy to leave scuffs and scratches while transporting bulky items.
  • Unpack
    • A great way to do this is to have a floor plan of where everything will go at your new workplace. When crates are packed at your current office, ensure the label on each includes details of the new location for the crate contents.
  • Start work
    • Furniture is in place. Office and IT equipment have been tested and employees have all turned up for their first day at the new workplace. The move was a success and you can get back to work.

The difference when you rent a truck from SCTR

At Southern Cross Truck Rentals (SCTR), in NSW, our entire fleet consists of modern, well-maintained trucks. We are renowned for our reliable vehicles and great rates.

When you get in touch with us, make sure to ask about our special deals, including:

    • Short and long term hire
      • In case you want to stagger your relocation over a period of time!
    • One-way truck rentals
      • Your move will probably be a one-way move. We may be able to arrange to drop off or pick up in major Australian cities.
    • Multiple truck rentals
      • If needed, shift everything at the same time.
    • Emergency truck rentals
      • When it’s urgent
  • Driver and vehicle rental packages
    • The full package, as needed

Contact SCTR today to arrange a refrigerated or moving truck rental for your business relocation.

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