British Association of Removers (BAR) is the only removals and storage trading organisation in the UK. Being certified by Trading Standards, ensures that all policies and practices stipulated are approved and aligned with the trading standards regulations. BAR is dedicated to promoting professional services and excellence within the removals industry. A top tip from us. If you know your removal company is BAR registered then you are off to a great start.
Removals is an unregulated industry
For removal and storage businesses in the UK, it is not a legal requirement to be a member of the government recognised trading body. Therefore, it is highly important to complete your research when choosing your removal company. To find out more information on how to find the correct removal company, read the following article.
What will a BAR member have to comply with?
For a removal company to become a BAR member there are many stipulations that have to be in place to ensure that the business is reputable and sustainable. An example of some of the criteria are listed below:
- A dedicated full training program for all staff members
- Quality vehicles that are fully fitted for the purpose of removals
- Quality double walled boxes that can be supplied to clients for their packing and used to ensure the safe packing and loading of removal vehicles
- The correct goods in transit insurance cover
- A member must have its own premises that comply with health and safety laws
- Verified accounts to show that the business is self-sustaining and not in financial difficulties
- Environmental policies to ensure that the business does as much as possible to think about the environment
What guarantees does the badge bring?
Firstly, you can relax with the peace of mind that you have selected a bonafide, quality removal company. You know it will not be just a man and van turning up on to carry out your move. You know the removal company you have chosen is a legitimate, highly valued company.
By choosing a BAR registered company, you will also have the reassurance of the BAR Advance payment guarantee (APG) scheme. To reserve your removal or storage slot with a company registered with BAR, requires an upfront payment. By doing so you not only guarantee your slot for your move but the company you have selected is contractually obliged to carry out your move on the agreed date. Thus giving you the peace of mind that your chosen removal company will not unexpectedly let you down. If at any point your removal company fails to turn up, the APG scheme ensures that another registered BAR removal company will be assigned to your removal.
But it’s not just about being a BAR member…
You can be assured that all BAR members have the minimum quality standard to carry out your move. However, this is just the starting point. It is important that you select a moving company that comes to visit you at your property. A company that takes into account any specific requirements that you have and has the correct ethics and morals. Take a look at online removal company reviews as well as recommendations from family and friends. This ensures you are in safe hands for your move.
So if you’re on the move, why not give us a call or receive a quote online.