Would moving home be easier using a “man with a van” company?
When it comes to moving home, people often consider that their best option is a traditional removal company. However, it’s wise to consider the other options that are available to make your move as easy and affordable as possible.
One increasingly popular option is to hire a “man with a van” – simply defined as “a person who will move your belongings to your new flat… or [do] any other odd jobs that need a large vehicle and an extra pair of hands”.
How much do man with van companies really cost?
Man with van companies are generally a lot cheaper than normal removals or moving companies.
Prices can start from £35 per hour, and are usually all inclusive – meaning no hidden charges, unlike some moving companies who might charge extra for things like stairs or parking. In fact, many moving jobs done via man and van companies are as cheap as £100 in total.
Tips for using man and van services
When it comes to using a man and van service, it’s worth considering the following factors before asking for your quote.
- Quantity: How much stuff do you have to move? This is very important, as the provider will decide what is the best manpower option for you – for example, whether you need a one-man or a two-man service, and the best size of van for your needs.
- Fuel and mileage: Check the particulars of your chosen man with a van carefully, as some companies do charge extra for fuel and mileage – especially if you’re moving stuff some distance – and this option will obviously add to your final bill.
- High-value items: If you have high-value items, such as a very expensive TV, it might be best to use the specialist packing service from the company you’re using, if that’s something they offer. For items such as pianos, though, it might be that a man with a van isn’t the best option, and you’d be safer using a specialist piano mover instead.
- Timing: Not surprisingly, high-demand times like school holidays and weekends can be more expensive – or, at least, harder to obtain the time slot that you want. If you can, save money by choosing a weekday or other quiet day instead.
If you’re moving to or from London, why not look at ManWithVanLondon.com? They offer competitive all-inclusive prices from £35, with insurance included, for the cheapest, smoothest and most reliable service.
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