According to new research from Europcar, the leader in car hire services in Europe, 1 in 10 home improvers have tried to fit a sofa in their car; 28% have attempted to squeeze in a mattress! Illustrating the potentially serious consequences of cutting corners by trying to transport furniture home, nearly 1 in 5 35-44 year olds admitted to driving an overloaded car.
The Europcar research suggests that many home owners are deciding to improve their property rather than go through the expense of moving. But the van hire specialist is urging DIY-ers not to cut corners when it comes to getting new furniture and equipment home.
“An overloaded car presents visibility issues and could compromise vehicle handling, not to mention being uncomfortable and probably requiring multiple journeys,” says Ken McCall, Managing Director, Europcar UK Group. “We’re aiming to lighten the load for people with a long list of home improvements to do. Whether it’s decorating, gardening or updating furniture, Europcar has a van for the job available from an extensive network across the UK. With prices starting at just £16 per day, van hire is cheaper than paying for delivery, plus there are no delays.”
The Europcar research reveals that when it comes to home improvements, only 25% of homeowners said they would ask a skilled person to help. And with a focus on saving money, over a third (38%) opt for flat pack furniture as a way to stay on budget. However, with standard delivery for furniture items from a well-known home retailer costing around £35 with a two week delay it’s no surprise that many home-improvers opt for doing it themselves when it comes to getting new furniture home.
8% of home-improvers who responded to the Europcar survey admitted to having had a mishap while transporting furniture home. Yet a short wheel base van from Europcar can take an assortment of furniture with ease – and in safety.
“Our research shows that many people prefer to do it themselves, but transporting big items can be tricky and even dangerous in the family car”, added Ken McCall. “From small vans, like the Renault Kangoo, to big box vans, we’ve got the right vehicle for every job – at the perfect price.”