Starting a Removal Firm

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: March 2017
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • Qualifications and skills
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Removal firms provide a range of services from moving individual pieces of furniture to packing and moving the entire contents of a property for home movers. Typical private and commercial customers include homebuyers, residential and commercial landlords and tenants, university students and banks repossessing property. Many removal firms also offer temporary storage of furniture and possessions, and provide specialist services, such as house and office clearances, home de-cluttering and piano moving.

Some removal firms also provide disaster removal services on behalf of loss assessors, for example to remove damaged furniture and possessions from properties following floods or fires. Removal firms are subject to a considerable amount of legislation, for example relating to the licensing of operators, managers and drivers, working time restrictions, vehicle safety, and health and safety at work.

Proprietors and staff of removal services must be fit and healthy as their work typically involves long hours and a considerable amount of manual lifting and handling.

This profile provides information about starting up and running an independent removal firm. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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