I remember my 20s - it seemed like every year I moved from one flat to another. And everytime, I'd hire a "man and van" or even just do it myself. As the years passed and I accumulated more items, it just became more and more of an effort.
Nowadays, if I ever plan to move again (and hopefully I won't!), I'd hire a professional company to help me. Why? Well, with the best will in the world, you'd be hard pressed to find a "man and van" outfit that truly offer a wraparound service - from properly packaging the items to moving them and insuring them during the move at the same time. "Man and van" services typically limit their insurance cover to 20,000GBP or even less - quite often, that's just not enough reassurance that you're not going to be out of pocket if a serious mishap occurs.
Not only that, but modern appliances often need a skilled hand to disconnect and reconnect them - think of cookers, dish washers and washing machines. A professional company will take care of those tasks for you.
Then consider that many moves can't just happen "on the day" - you might need to store your items somewhere else for a period of time. Again, a professional removal company usually has secure space ready for such an occasion.
In a nutshell, look for a professional removal company that has all your needs covered. There are plenty out there, just as there are even more "man and van" services. Consider the accumulated value of your household items, and put them in the safest possible hands - spend a bit more on a professional removal company.
Article kindly contributed by M25 Movers London