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Is it worth hiring a Man & Van service?

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Alex, Staff Writer

Tuesday, 23 February 2021

If you have a lot of items to move but not enough to warrant a removal firm, then you need a different solution. Hiring a vehicle will incur costs and mean you’ll have to lift and move everything yourself. Plus, you may not drive or possess the correct insurance to do this. 

Posting items can be really expensive, and many kinds of everyday items are also prohibited from being posted in the first place.

Another option is to hire a man and van. But is it worth doing so? Here’s what you need to know. 

What is a Man and Van service?

A man and van is a person with a large vehicle who specialises in removals. They will pick up your items from your home and transport them to your new location. Some man and van companies work locally, and others will travel hundreds of miles even to different countries to transport your items. Man and van services are typically used for smaller removals, though this all depends on the size of the vehicle they can offer, along with whether they work solo or in a team. Traditionally, only men would work in man & van services, which is where the name comes from. But today it's perfectly normal to see women in these roles.

Typical Man and Van jobs

  • Small home/single person removals

  • Student removals

  • Small business deliveries

  • Delivery of items bought on online marketplaces (Gumtree, eBay, Facebook etc)

The stress of moving

Let’s face it, whether you’re moving to a new flat, or need to transport a fridge you bought from an online seller back home, it can be stressful to do this yourself. If you don’t drive, or if your vehicle isn’t big enough for the job, you’re going to have to find an alternative way of moving your stuff. Plus, you’re likely going to need an extra pair of hands.

A man and van is the only way to move your belongings with help, while also having the option of travelling in the van to your new location. Unless of, course, you know someone with a van who can come and pick you up, which isn’t the case for most people. Therefore, a man and van will keep the journey from A to B stress-free. 


Sometimes you’ll have plenty of time to sort your move or item collection. But other times (such as an eviction or winning an online auction) you need transport and you need it now. Many removal or postal services don’t operate 24/7, so what are you supposed to do in the meantime? Even if you pay for storage, you’ll still need a way of transporting your items. 

Whether you plan your move in-advance or need an immediate removal, you’ll likely find a man and van service in your area that can help. Plus as they provide an extra pair of hands, it will help you move more quickly and efficiently versus working alone. Or, having to pack everything up to hand to a courier or postal worker. Who has time for that?! 

To sum up

If you’re only looking to move a small number of belongings, then it makes sense to hire a man and van since paying for a removal firm would be majorly expensive, and far too excessive for your needs. As experts in all things removals, a man and van can get your items where they need to be without the hassle or expense of any of the other options. 

Plus, as man and van services are usually self-employed or small companies, they will pride themselves on having excellent customer service. That level of personal service isn’t always present in global removal firms, which is just one of the many reasons why a man and van service is well worth it. 

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