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What's the difference between a man & a van service and a full house removals service?

Alongside to marriage, births and deaths, moving house is one of the most stressful aspects of modern life, and it really doesn't need to be. With proper planning and help your house move should be smooth sailing, choosing the right removal service is crucial to this. With the rise of man and a van services, it can be tough to know which is best - the ubiquitous handyman and his trusty white van or a full-blown removal service.

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What's the difference between a man and a van and removals services?

Contrary to what you may have heard there is a difference between the two, and it's important to select the right one. The crux of the matter is that it depends on what you will be moving, and making the decision essentially boils down to answering two questions:

  • How big does the removal vehicle need to be?
  • How many people do you need to help you during your move?

When to use a man & a van

The 'man and a van' service can be a great option if you only have a few items that need moving. If you're a student off to university for the first time or shifting between accommodations it may do the trick. Or if you have a few items of furniture that you're transporting to another property, buying or selling, then it's ideal.

The van in question will be relatively small, and you will usually only have a driver and, at the most, one other person to help you. This can be problematic, even if you're only moving one item and that item is very bulky or heavy. Pianos, for example, generally require several people to safely move them, as well as specialised equipment, and a ramp or lift to load them onto and off the van. A man with a van may struggle on this front, as their vans aren't always equipped with lifts or ramps, and they may not have extra people to help.

Think of it as a small-scale house removal service. If you have the contents of a single room or less to transport, don't require more than one or two extra pairs of hands and aren't moving anything very large or complicated to load, this is a cost-effective solution.

When to use a full removal service

A full removal service, on the other hand, is the solution needed if you are doing a full house move. Even if you have a two-up, two-down house, and relatively few possessions, you're not going to fit everything into a small van. Using a man & a van would require multiple trips (which generally negates the cost-saving aspect of such a service).

When you hire a full removal service, you get the benefit of a van of the size and capabilities needed to accommodate your belongings. Specialist equipment and loading functions aren't an issue, and you will have the number of people on hand to get the job done. Whether that's one or 10, it doesn't matter. A removal service will gauge the size of the job and assemble the team required to complete it effectively and safely. They are also able to help you with things like packing and unpacking, while a man with a van will simply turn up and move what you've already packed.

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