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The pitfalls of hiring a ‘man & van’ over a removals company

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It can be tempting to hire a man in a van for house or office moves, especially if it is a small load or a short distance between properties. However, the benefits and assurances of established removals companies outshine the small saving you might make with less established removers.




A trustworthy company will be more than happy to talk you through their insurance policy. Ask them exactly what is covered in the event of an accident and exactly when this cover ends. You can find these clauses in the removals contract, but if you would prefer it to be explained by a member of staff, they will happily summarise the main points or answer your exact questions.

It is likely a man with a van will not offer the same assurances. Adequate insurance that covers possessions damaged in transit is the sign of a responsible removals company. All companies accredited by the British Association of Removers adhere to the highest standards of customer satisfaction, and part of this service is a sufficient level of commercial insurance.



Knowledge and Experience

Valuable experience counts for a lot when a company is dealing with something as personal as a customer’s possessions and are taking part in something as emotionally and physically difficult as a house move.

Thankfully, companies like Barnes of Lincoln have five generations of experience, and carry out removals with a mixture of strength and tact. Our friendly team try their best to make sure you not only manage your move, but you enjoy it too.



Van Fleet

A man with a van has a very limited supply of van types. Having access to only one van means that you are limited in what you can take; how much you can take; and how many trips are required to move everything to your new home or office.


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Removals Staff

The best removals companies offer packing services, in which case your possessions are packed on an item-by-item basis and will be boxed with professional packing materials to ensure its safe transit. Of course, you have the option to pack these yourself but when it comes to finally loading the van or truck with your items, you will be wanting all the help you can get. With a removals company, you will have the right number of staff on hand to make the loading, transit and unloading at the other end seamless. With a man with a van, you will be lacking in people power to help load-up and unload, meaning delays for you when you could be enjoying life in your new property.



Barnes of Lincoln have been moving offices and completing house moves since 1919. Since then we have grown to be one of the UK’s most trusted removals companies, and here’s why. For every client, we take care of each and every removals item as if it were our own. We have a fleet of vans ranging in size, so you won’t have to leave anything behind, and we are fully insured to cover all your possessions while they are being handled by us. We operate throughout the UK and are based in the Lincolnshire area. If you require an overseas move, we have that covered, too. Contact our friendly team today to find out more about our services.

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