House Movers: Why use a BAR Member for your move
For more than 100 years the British Association of Removers has been providing membership to suitable removal companies in the UK so that the industry has a voice, and is continually improved and regulated to meet the changing needs of the consumer.
More importantly, people that use our Members for removals or storage do so in the knowledge that they can expect complete transparency in all their dealings with the Member and will receive a high level of service throughout.
Where Members take money in advance of the move – which is standard industry practice – you are protected by BAR’s Advanced Payment Guarantee *. In the rare event that your mover experiences financial difficulties and is unable to carry out your move, that advanced payment will be protected by BAR. For further peace of mind should a dispute arise with the mover there is a defined procedure in place to rectify the situation, through our FREE and independent Dispute Resolution Service.
*The spread of the Coronavirus pandemic is unprecedented in modern times and its impact on all industries has been sudden and extremely damaging, including that of UK removals. It is against this background that the BAR finds itself having to suspend its Advanced Payment Guarantee Scheme with effect from 20/03/2020. Existing claims against the scheme will of course be fulfilled, but no new claims will be considered from that date. The BAR regrets the necessity to take this course of action and will continue to review the situation over the coming months.
Why isn’t my local removal company a Member?
BAR membership isn’t for every removal company and isn’t just a pay-as-you-go scheme. To become a BAR Member a removal company has to prove that they can meet the high standards of our existing Members, otherwise the membership itself becomes devalued and the badge would no longer represent the benchmark for quality that it currently does.
There is set criteria to join and a stringent Code of Practice to adhere to and, understandably not all movers can meet those standards. All our Members are audited annually and must meet our Membership criteria and adhere to our Code or else face having their membership terminated. In addition the performance of BAR Members is uniquely monitored by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) to ensure the Member is operating as they should be, in the interests of their customers.
Is my chosen Mover a BAR Member?
You can check below or call us on 01923 699 480, or visit the removal company’s website. The BAR logo should be displayed alongside the CTSI (Trading Standards Institute) logo, as a real-time live link.
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Choose the right Member for your move
To signify a company’s Membership status, each group will display the following logos.
When joining BAR all movers automatically become members of the ‘National & European Group’, our core Group that handles domestic (home) moves, both in the UK and into Europe.
If you’re moving beyond mainland Europe then choose a member of the BAR Overseas Group. They will help you choose the best shipping methods and co-ordinate your move with a trusted moving partner from your destination country.
Any of our 50+ Commercial Moving Group (CMG) members can provide you with a wide range of commercial and office relocation services, and all hold BS 8522, the recognised British Standard for the commercial moving sector.
As well as joining BAR, many of our members seek to obtain further Standards in their chosen field of removals, whether it’s for Domestic, Overseas, Commercial, Storage, Self Storage or ancillary services. There are a number of recognised logos that removal companies promote, especially for overseas moving, though the most common standards our Members seek to obtain in addition to those from BAR are those offered by Quality Service Standards Ltd (QSS), a UKAS-accredited certification body that is owned by BAR but which operates independently of it.
If you’re moving, look for the badge!