The benefits of using a BAR-certified moving company

When moving home, you want to be confident that your removal company can be trusted to meet your needs without any issues. Whether you’re about to undergo a small, local move or are shipping a large household overseas, assurance that your goods are in safe hands will be paramount.

For over 100 years, The British Association of Removers (BAR) has promoted excellence within the removals industry, awarding membership only to reputable, professional and safe British removal companies.

To be a member of BAR, a moving company must meet a range of stringent criteria and undergo regular inspections to check that their employees, processes, facilities and vehicles all meet the highest standards set out in the BAR Code of Practice.

Customers choosing to work with a BAR-certified moving company can rest assured that their move will be handled with the utmost care and attention. In the unlikely event that any issues arise, the BAR’s advice and conciliation service to help resolve the matter.

Choosing a BAR-certified removal company guarantees the best possible service, giving you peace of mind throughout your move.


To find out about moving home with a founding member of the BAR; contact Pickfords for expert local, national and international packing and removals. Click here for a quote or find out more.

Are my goods safe in storage? Your 5-point checklist

Storage loading

Long term and self-storage are great tools in the home moving process, allowing flexibility when selling your house or flat and keeping your belongings secure prior to settling into your new home.

Without sight of your possessions, however, it can be easy to worry about their safekeeping. Considering this potential concern, how do you ensure peace-of-mind when moving your belongings into storage?

1. Investigate the company

A reputable, experienced storage company will give you confidence that your goods will be handled with the utmost care. Look out for industry certifications and awards as helpful indicator of a company’s credentials.

Pickfords’ nation-wide storage centres are accredited by the FIDI Global Alliance and British Association of Removers (for warehouse and Self Store), as well as the ISO 9001 and BS 8522 quality standards.

For more information about Pickfords’ accreditations, click here.

2. Ask about the location

Understanding your storage facilities will give you confidence that your goods will be secure, however long you intend to store them.

Self store

For short term storage and smaller volumes, self storage facilities are ideal to pack and store you own belongings, giving you complete control over the process. Self Store also typically offers the most flexibility in accessing your possessions.

Pickfords Self Store provides access six days a week, convenient on-site parking at four accessible, inner-city locations.

Warehouse storage

Storage warehouses are designed to keep your goods safe for as long as you need them. Most warehouses use weatherproof wooden crates, nailed shut to protect against the elements, plus external security such as CCTV and burglar alarms.

Pickfords’ national storage network utilises larger wooden crates than any other removal company, eliminating safety risks associated with over-filling. Our flagship London facility includes Europe’s largest, unmanned, fire-safe warehouse, featuring 24-hour security and metal containers designed to protect items of the highest value.

3. Get help packing

If you opt for self store or otherwise wish to pack your own belongings, make sure you buy the right packing materials and research how to pack different items securely.

Drop by one of our Self Store locations for a wide range of boxes, tape and wrap to protect your goods. You can also visit our YouTube channel to help you pack like a pro!

For the truly professional touch, ask your storage company to pack your goods for you. Pickfords provide expert packing for long and short-term storage, using specialist packing materials and secure containers sealed at your residence for optimum security.

4. Request an inventory

If placing your belongings into long term storage, you may not be accessing them for several years. Arranging an inventory of your stored items means you’ll have an accurate record of all the goods in the care of your storage company.

As part of our long term storage solution, Pickfords create a complete inventory of your belongings in detail so you have complete control over your goods in store.

5. Choose the right insurance

While professional storage centres are designed to keep your belongings as safe as possible, taking out insurance helps protect you in the unlikely event that your goods are lost or damaged in store. A reputable storage company should offer sufficient insurance for your peace-of-mind.

Pickfords’ customers can opt for storage insurance, covering loss or damage excluding fire damage, fire insurance, covering damage by fire, or both. To cover all eventualities, you can also take out insurance to cover your goods while in transit to and from our storage centre.

To find out how Pickfords can help with your storage requirements, call 0800 019 8557 or visit our website.

Pickfords Business Solutions awarded Certificate of Merit at Commercial Mover of the Year Awards

Following a rigorous selection process, Pickfords Business Solutions was awarded Certificate of Merit at the annual Commercial Mover of the Year awards, hosted by the British Association of Removers (BAR), the removal industry’s leading trade association.

Pickfords’ Nicki Brotherston received the award at the annual BAR Conference in Glasgow.

CMOTY

Pickfords’ Mark Herrington appointed Vice President of the BAR

Mark Herrington, Network Sales Manager, has been appointed Vice President of the BAR (British Association of Removers), for a 2-year term.

An active member of the BAR for the last 5 years, Mark chaired the BAR Commercial Moving Group (CMG) Council from July 2011 until May 2013, sitting on the BAR Board of Directors during this time. Mark’s appointment to Vice President follows his second stint on the Board.

The BAR is the removal industry’s leading trade association, involved in raising public awareness of the industry and the quality of all its members. Mark’s new position means he will be visiting all BAR Regional Area Meetings at least once during his 2-year term, to understand what is affecting them regionally, listen to their ideas for moving the industry forward and then taking these views back to the Board to help create future policy.

On the conclusion of his 2-year term, Mark’s position automatically becomes BAR President for a further 2-year term!

Mark said,

“I’m really proud to be representing Pickfords at the BAR; I am looking
forward to helping to shape the future with my fellow Board members, our joint objective is to drive improved quality throughout the industry.”

Mark (third from left) with (l-r) Nick Wilkinson, Nicki Brotherston and Andy Chatt at the BAR Conference

Mark (third from left) with (l-r) Nick Wilkinson, Nicki Brotherston and Andy Chatt at the BAR Conference