Terms & Conditions
These conditions set out the terms of the Contract between us, the Removal and/or Storage Contractor, and you, the Customer, and explain your rights and obligations and responsibilities and those of us, the Contractor.
1.1 Any reference in these conditions to “we” or “us” is a reference to the Contractor.
1.2 Any reference in these conditions to “you” is a reference to the Customer.
2.1 Quotations do not include customs duties or any other levies of fees payable to government or other statutory bodies and all such duties or fees will be payable by you in addition to the quoted price.
2.2 When we quote a fixed price we reserve the right to amend it or make additional charges if any of the following have not been taken into account when preparing the quotation.
(a) If due to the delay on your part the work is not carried out or completed within 3 months of the quotation date.
(b) Our costs increase as a result of currency fluctuations or changes in taxation or freight charges beyond our control.
(c) We have to collect or deliver goods above ground floor level.
(d) We supply any additional services.
(e) There are delays outside our reasonable control.
(f) Access to the collection or delivery point is inadequate or the approach is unsuitable for our vehicles.
(g) Any parking or other fees or charges that we have to incur and pay in order to carry out the services you require.
(h) Any fee payable to any local waste management centre in respect of controlled waste transferred.
In all these circumstances you will be responsible for the extra charges.
2.3 When we quote an hourly rate, in addition to paragraphs 2.2(a) to 2.2(h), we reserve the right to make additional charges if any of the following have not been taken into account when preparing the quotation.
(a) Surcharge for fuel / vehicle costs at a rate of 0.50 pence per mile for the entire journey including:
(b) From our premises to your collection address.
(c) From your collection address to your destination address.
(d) From your destination address and return to our premises.
2.4 Quotations may include a removals insurance premium but the payment of the premium creates a separate contract between the insurer and you which is subject to the terms and conditions of the Insurer. A summary of the cover provided and main exclusions from the cover is enclosed with these conditions.
2.5 Our quotation is not a guarantee that we have vehicles available on the day you require. Accordingly your signed acceptance of our quotation does not constitute a contract between us until you have our confirmation that we can move your goods on the requested date.
3-Work excluded from our quotations
Unless previously agreed in writing we will not:
(a) Dismantle or assemble unit-furniture, fitments or fittings.
(b) Disconnect or reconnect appliances, fittings or equipment.
(c) Remove or lay fitted floor coverings.
(d) Move night storage heaters unless they are dismantled.
(e) Move steel safes that exceed our weight and size limit.
(f) Move commercial catering equipment that exceeds our weight and size limit.
(g) Move or store any items excluded under Clause 4.
The following items are specifically excluded from the Contract and will not be removed:
(a) Jewellery, watches, trinkets, precious stones, money, deeds, securities, stamps, coins or goods or collections of a similar kind.
(b) Potentially dangerous, damaging or explosive items.
(c) Goods likely to encourage vermin or other pests or to cause infection.
(d) Any animals and their cages or tanks including pets, birds or fish.
Such goods will not be removed by us without prior written agreement. If you submit such goods without our knowledge and prior written agreement we will not be liable for any loss or damage except when death or injury is caused by our negligence or that of our employees and you will indemnify us against any charges, expenses, damages or penalties claimed against us by third parties. In addition we shall be entitled to dispose any such goods which are listed under paragraphs 4.b, 4.c or 4.d.
It is your sole responsibility to:
(a) Declare to us the proper value of the goods being removed and/or stored.
(b) Obtain at your expense all documents necessary for the removal to be completed.
(c) Be present yourself or appoint a representative at the departure and destination points to ensure that nothing is removed or left in error.
(d) Prepare adequately and stabilise all appliances prior to their removal.
Other than by reason of our negligence we will not be liable for any loss or damage, costs or additional charges that may arise from these matters.
6-Ownership of the goods
By entering into this contract you confirm to us that:
(a) The goods to be removed are your own property or
(b) You have the authority of the owner of the property to make this contract in respect of the goods to be removed or stored.
(c) You will be responsible to pay for any claim for damages and/or costs against either of the above if this proves to be untrue.
If you cancel this contract we may charge according to how much notice you provide prior to the agreed removal date:
(a) Between 2 and 7 days’ notice, we will charge 30% of the total removal charges.
(b) Between 24 and 48 hours, we will charge 75% of the total removal charges.
(c) Less than 24 hours, we will charge 100% of the total removal charges.
8-Payment of removal charges
Unless you have our agreement to the contrary, you must pay our charges on the day of your removal. Interest at 2% per month, calculated on a daily basis, is charged on all overdue accounts.
9-Our liability for loss or damage
9.1 In the event of our losing or damaging your goods we will need to know before we leave your premises, once we have left the property we are not held liable for any damage or loss unless we are made aware and states on paperwork before we leave. we will only pay for the reasonable costs of the repair or replacement (less wear and tear) of the item if we have been negligent.
For any electrical goods we will need to see them working prior to removal and after the removal while we are on site, failure to do so will invalidate any claims as we will not be held responsible.
9.2 In the event of a total or partial loss or damage to your goods, we will not be liable for the following:
(a) “New for old” replacement value for lost or damaged goods.
(b) Any loss or damage which is not caused by us.
(c) Any unforeseeable additional costs you might incur as a result of loss of a particular item.
If you require insurance cover for any of the matters set out above you will need to arrange that independently.
10-Delays in transit
If we do not keep to an agreed written time scale schedule and any delay is within our reasonable control we will pay your reasonable expenses which arise as a result of our not keeping to the agreed written time schedule. If through no fault of ours we are unable to deliver your goods, we will take them into store. This contract will then be fulfilled and any additional service(s), including storage and delivery, will be at our expense.
11-Damage to premises
We shall only be liable for damage to premises caused by our negligence. Any damages to premises must be noted on the delivery receipt on the day before our contractor leaves and confirmed in writing to us within FOURTEEN DAYS unless you request a reasonable extension which must be agreed in writing.
12-Time limits for claims
We will not be liable for any loss or damage to any goods unless any claim for loss or damage is notified to us on the day of removal and in writing within FOURTEEN DAYS of either collection by you or delivery by us to their destination.
13-Our rights to withhold goods
We have a legal right to withhold goods until you have paid all our charges and other payments due under this contract. These include any charges that we have paid out on your behalf. While we hold the goods and wait for payment you will be liable to pay all storage charges and other costs incurred as a result of withholding your goods and these terms and conditions will continue to apply.
14-Disputes and Arbitration
If there is a dispute arising from this agreement, which cannot be resolved, either you or we, may refer it to an independent Conciliation Service. If the dispute cannot be settled by this method, it may be referred by you or with your written consent, by us to an Arbitration Service. The case can be independently determined by an arbitrator appointed by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
15-Sub-contracting the work
We reserve the right to sub-contract some or all of the work, for which we have provided a quotation, without reference to you.
If we do sub-contract, these terms and conditions will still apply in full.
The following terms in addition to all other terms set out in this document will apply to all contracts for the storage of goods:
(a) If you require storage facilities you are obliged to provide a forwarding address and notify us in writing if it changes. All correspondence and notices will be deemed to have been received by you seven days after posting it to the last forwarding address recorded by us.
(b) Where we provide an inventory of goods stored on your behalf it will be accepted as accurate unless you provide us with written notice of any errors or omissions within 14 days of our posting or emailing the inventory to you.
(c) All charges for storage services are payable in advance. All our charges must be paid in full in cleared funds before any goods are released from storage.
(d) We review our storage charges periodically. You will be given 28 days’ notice in writing of any increases following which our revised rates as notified will apply.
(e) On giving you 28 days’ notice we are entitled to require you to remove your goods from our custody and pay all money due to us. If you fail to pay all outstanding debts due to us we are entitled to sell or dispose of some or all of the goods without further notice. The cost of the sale or disposal will be charged to you. The net proceeds will be credited to your account and any eventual surplus will be paid to you without interest.
(f) If your payments are up to date we will not end this contract except by giving you 3 calendar months’ notice in writing. If you wish to terminate your storage contract you should give at least 14 days’ notice. If we can release the goods earlier we will do so, provided your account is up to date.
(g) If you choose someone else to collect your goods from our storage facilities we are entitled to make a charge for handing them over. Our responsibilities for such goods will cease upon them being handed over to your chosen representative.
These Terms and Conditions together with our quotation are intended to form the whole agreement between us and to prevail over any verbal discussions. Should we mutually agree to any variation of these terms, such variation should be confirmed, in writing.
This contract is subject to the laws of England and Wales. January 2021