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Man With a Van is a moving company that offers local moves in New York City, Philadelphia, and parts of New Jersey and Connecticut. It does not offer long-distance or international services.

Locations | Pricing | Service options | Contact info | Methodology

Our rating: Man With a Van
Overall4.3
Value4
Customer experience4
Credibility4
Reliability5
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Ratings on a 1–5 scale

Bottom line: Man With a Van is an excellent choice for short-distance moves in and around New York City and Philadelphia. It has standard hourly rates, excellent customer reviews, and quotes via email. If you’re moving out to a different state, we recommend getting a quote from a long-distance moving company.

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Man With a Van: In-depth breakdown

Value

📊 Our rating: 4/5

  • Inclusive quote (truck fees and movers)
  • $200/hr for New York City + $100 one-time fee
  • $220/hr for Philadelphia + $140 one-time fee 
  • Extra charges for tolls

Unlike a lot of other companies Man With a Van includes the fees for the moving truck and the movers in the cost. So even though the costs are higher than the national average, you’re still getting good value, especially for local moves.

A company representative told us that customers have to pay extra if the route includes tolls. And there’s also a one-time booking fee.

The company quoted us the following rates to move the contents of a two-bedroom apartment locally:

Man With a Van quote
LocationHourly RateOne-time Fee
New York City$200$100
Philadelphia$220$140
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The national average hourly rate for a three-person moving crew is $75–150. Man With a Van charges more than that, but it also includes a lot more than just the movers. Also, New York City and Philadelphia have higher living costs, so the higher rate isn’t surprising.

If you’re moving within these cities, your overall cost would probably be within the national range of $900–2,400 for short-distance moves.

These quotes include:  

  • 1 truck
  • 3 movers
  • A basic toolkit
  • Quilted blankets
  • Shrinkwrap

The company also offers disassembly and reassembly services for an additional cost.

Customer experience

📊 Our rating: 4/5

  • High ratings on Yelp and Google 
  • Fast movers
  • Some typical damage complaints

You can expect to have a positive customer experience with Man With a Van. Most of the reviewers had great things to say about their experience.

On Yelp, all three offices have a rating of 4.5 stars (out of 1,445 reviews). On Google, the company has an average of 4.2 (out of 385 reviews).

People appreciated the mover’s professionalism, friendliness, and efficiency. Reviewers loved how much care movers put into packing valuable items. Other reviewers said the customer service team communicated clearly and made scheduling easy.

Some negative reviewers complained that movers broke belongings or damaged property. Others complained that movers showed up late. But these negative reviews aren’t common.

Credibility

📊 Our rating: 4/5

  • Active insurance 
  • No vehicle accidents 
  • No complaints on federal record 
  • No registration for state-to-state moves

Man With a Van is a legitimate company with active registration and insurance. But it can only operate in New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.

Records from the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT), show that Man with a Van hasn’t had any vehicle accidents in the last two years. It also hasn’t gotten any formal complaints in the last four years.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has not authorized Man With a Van for interstate moves. This isn’t a red flag. It just means it can’t move household goods between states it’s not registered in.

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Reliability

📊 Our rating: 5/5

  • 18 trucks and 16 drivers 
  • Same-day scheduling 
  • 1–2 weeks advance booking recommended

You shouldn’t have any trouble booking your move with Man with a Van as long as you schedule a week or two in advance.

The company has 18 trucks and 16 drivers, so it has plenty of resources to cover your move no matter when it its. It even offers same-day scheduling for last-minute moves. But the rep we spoke to doesn’t recommend this, as crews will assist you only after they’ve finished the other moves for the day.

You can book a move within all five boroughs of New York (Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and Staten Island). The company also covers major cities in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

About Man with a Van

Locations

Man With a Van has offices in Manhattan and Brooklyn, New York, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Pricing

We asked Man with a Van how much it would cost to move the contents of a two-bedroom apartment locally, with one truck and three movers. The rep quoted us roughly $200 for a move in New York City and $240 in Philadelphia.

The move price depends on the distance, the timeline, services needed, and size and weight of belongings.

Man with a Van charges extra for supplies, so you might save money buying packing materials yourself or asking for used boxes from a local store.

Price of packing supplies: Man With a Van
MaterialPriceSize
Small cardboard box$412″ ✕ 12″ ✕ 16″
Medium cardboard box$518″ ✕ 18″ ✕ 16″
Large cardboard box$618″ ✕ 18″ ✕ 24″
Wardrobe box$20Height of 48″ and holds 2 feet of hanging clothes
Bubble wrap$52125′ ✕ 1′
Packing paper$3425 pounds
Tape$32″ ✕ 55 yards
Queen mattress bag$14Queen size
King mattress bag$17King size
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Service options

  • Residential moves
  • Commercial moves
  • Same-day scheduling
  • Single-item moves
  • IKEA or Facebook Marketplace pickup and delivery
  • COI services
  • Overnight storage

Contact

Phone(800) 575-6006
Email[email protected]
Websitewww.manwithavan.com
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Methodology

Value

Our question: Is this moving company worth it? 

We start assessing value by requesting a quote from the mover. A quote gives us a breakdown of the company’s fees (hourly rates, truck fees, etc.) and tells us how costs compare to the local and national average. 

If a company’s costs are drastically higher than these averages, we can recommend more affordable movers that we’ve also thoroughly vetted. A detailed quote also gives us insight into any additional fees. For example, is packing included, or do you have to pay extra?

Customer Experience

Our question: What’s the common user experience for this service?

We look up the mover’s average rating on popular review sites like Yelp, Trustpilot, and Google. Then we read as many reviews as possible to verify the rating and see if any positive or negative themes stand out.

If we notice potential red flags, like lots of damage complaints, we reach out to the customers to see if there’s a cause for concern.

There are also companies who pay people to leave positive reviews. So, if the reviews are glowing, we reach out to reviewers to see if they’re real customers.

Credibility

Our question: Is this company a legitimate business?

Unfortunately, moving scams are fairly common. Lots of people have experienced losing their deposit, movers never showing up, and companies outright stealing their personal items.

To check a company’s credibility, we look for things like Department of Transportation registration, active insurance, and licensing with the appropriate state authorities. 

Then we look at sites like the Better Business Bureau (BBB) to check the mover’s accreditation, rating, and any unresolved formal complaints against them.

If all the credibility signals check out, then we give the business a high credibility rating. If something seems off, we reach out to the company and former customers for comment.

Reliability

Our question: How bookable is this moving service?

To check if the company can typically accommodate a customer’s desired moving date, we ask the company how soon we’d be able to move. Then we ask if the date is flexible.

We also comb Department of Transportation records to see how many trucks and drivers the mover has. A small fleet is a sign that the mover has limited capacity. The company might not be able to handle lots of moves during a busy season.

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