Booking a “man with a van” is a common way to move in London. It’s a good choice for those who don’t have much furniture to move, so don’t require a full removal company service, but have too much stuff to move in a car or taxi (or can’t drive!).
Here’s what to do if you need to find a man with a van in London.
Work out what you need from your man with a van
This is the most important step before you start getting man with a van quotes. You need to know:
- How much stuff you’re moving, so you know what van size to book.
- How much moving help you need. Do you have friends or family who can help to load/unload? Are there large heavy items that will require two people to move?
- The date and time of your move – or a moving date range if you’re flexible. Bear in mind the day and time you need to be out of your current home (with time left for cleaning after removal), as well as time to pick up keys for your new place.
- Don’t forget to note if you need any custom services like multiple pick-ups (if you’re sharing a van with a friend moving to the same place) or drop-offs (e.g. if you’re putting some of your belongings into storage on the way), as this may affect your man with a van quote.
Start getting man with a van quotes
Once you know what you need, start looking for local man with a van companies and getting quotes. They will also be able to let you know if they are available on the day you need to move.
- Try sites like Anyvan where you can enter your requirements and receive moving van estimates from local man with a van companies. It works as a bidding system so you can ensure a competitive price.
- Use sites like Gumtree, local directory sites and Google to find local companies
- Don’t necessarily go for the cheapest man with a van quote you receive. Take into consideration reviews and experience.
- When comparing moving quotes, make sure you take into consideration the services offered. For example, some man with a van quotes will include certain packing supplies such as moving blankets to wrap furniture. Some will let you travel in the van with them to your destination, whereas with others you may need to travel separately. Make sure you know whether your quote includes loading and unloading or just the driving part.
- The best way to find a man with a van in London is to ask for recommendations from friends or family! Many of your social circle will have moved in recent years. If they can recommend a man with a van that provided great service, your search just got a lot easier.
Book your man with a van!
Once you have compared quotes, book your moving van. Make sure you confirm pick up and drop off times, as well as any special details relating to your move and belongings. Ensure you have contact details for both the moving van drivers and their office (if applicable) just in case.
Getting ready to move…
When packing, it’s best to pack everything in stackable moving boxes. Don’t pack heavy items such as books in large boxes as they may be difficult to lift. Ensure fragile items are in marked boxes. If you have anything particularly valuable or important, like your laptop or expensive jewellery, you may wish to pack these items in a separate bag or box to carry with you rather than being packed into the van. Check if your belongings are covered under your regular contents insurance during a house move.
On the day…
This may sound obvious, but be ready to go when your man with a van arrives. This avoids any delays and potentially paying for additional time if your move overruns. Don’t forget to tip your moving helpers if they do a good job! Plus celebratory pizza for any friends that helped out on the day is always appreciated. Leave an honest review afterwards on whichever site they use, to help future movers looking for a man with a van in London!