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Try asking around to your friends and family to see if anyone has a man and van service that they know and trust. You will find that the best way to ensure that you are getting a trustworthy service is to go with people who have a personal connection to those who you trust in the first place. In reality, you need to know that you belongings are safe and secure with an individual who has a good track record, and while it is rare that a scammer would use a man and van as a guise for ripping people off, it is not unlikely that you will need to feel completely secure in your decision on the individual that you use.

A man and van that has been recommended by a friend may well also be one of the legions of van drivers who do not advertise much at all. A great many van drivers want to avoid having their phone number on the internet and therefore avoid advertising, preferring to rely on word of mouth to get their name around. You will find that these drivers who do not need to advertise are often the most experienced and have a great many clients under their belts. This means that you get both a trusted as well as well sorted driver for your move, a win win!

If you can’t find a personal recommendation, then you will no doubt be able to find someone in other ways that trawling the internet. The local shop will probably have an advert, as will the local paper’s ads section. Getting an advert in either of these places shows that the driver is a lot more dedicated to the cause than those who simply upload a couple of pictures and a price on gumtree! With the internet making it easy for anyone to advertise themselves, you never know what you are going to get!

When hiring your van, you will find that some drivers want to be paid by the hour, whilst other want to offer you a full quote. The choice depends on whether you are confident that you know how long the job will take, so you may need to do some research on traffic and distances before you make your decision. An hourly rate will be cheaper than a quote, but if you get stuck in traffic, or anything else delays you whilst on the clock, then the rate can get a bit much.

A quote will protect you against the risk of the rate getting to be too expensive, but you will often find that the quote is wildly more than an hourly rate should be. If you can be clever in how you work it all out, you should be in a good position to make a good saving by traveling at the right time on the right day of the week, and being well prepared.

Beware those drivers who are looking to rip you off. Whilst it is not technically illegal, a lot of van services will advertise a low price for the hour, but then charge on top for things like helping to lift, and even for fuel per mile! You will find that the end result is a rate higher than the normal, so these sorts of drivers are to be avoided, unless you have a friend who will help you lift stuff for free!

If you know what you are up against, then finding a van man is not difficult; good luck!

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