These Conditions set out the rights and obligations of the Remover ( we-us-our ) and the Customer ( you-your ). These Terms and Conditions can only be changed with the prior written agreement of both the Remover and the Customer. See section 9.0 for details of our liability. We advise you to consider whether you need separate insurance cover.
1. Our quotation is an inclusive price but unless stated does not include customs duties, inspections or any other fees or taxes payable to any statutory body. Any such duties or fees due will be payable by you in addition to the price stated in the quotation.
2.We reserve the right to amend the price stated in the quotation to take account of changes of circumstances which were not taken into account when preparing our quotation and are confirmed to us in writing. Such factors may include the following:2.1. Where the work is not carried out within 3 months of the date stated in the quotation, currency fluctuations or changes in taxation, freight charges
or increased road fuel prices.
2.2 We have to collect or deliver goods at your request above the ground and first floor and were not made aware of this at the time of quotation.
2.3 We supply any additional services.
2.4 The work is carried out, outside normal hours (8.00 am to 5.00 pm) at your request after quotation is given.
2.5 We are requested to provide additional services not included in the quotation, included the moving or storage of extra goods.
2.6 we are unable to access the collection or delivery point or such access is inadequate or inappropriate for our vehicles. If access is not possible then we may offer the alternative for you to hire at your expense a smaller vehicle. We will then tranship the load piece-meal and will charge for the extra time needed on a pro Rata basis. If our driver is required to drive the hired vehicle then all insurance cover for vehicle and goods carried must be organised by yourselves.
2.7 We have to pay parking or parking penalty charges.
2.8 There are delays or events outside our control which increase the cost or resources required to complete the work. (i.e., waiting for the
keys/solicitors to exchange in order to move into the new property.) see clause 7.2
2.9 Our quotation does not constitute a contract and accordingly there is no contract between us until you have emailed your request to book with us, paid your deposit and we have confirmed the receipt of the deposit. The contract will then be on these Terms and Conditions.
3. Unless otherwise agreed in writing the following is not included within the quotation.
3.1 Dismantling or assembly of units of furniture including flat pack.
3.2 Disconnecting, reconnecting, dismantling or reassembling any appliances, fixtures, fittings or equipment.
3.3 Taking up or removal of fitted floor coverings.
3.4 Move items from a loft, unless properly lit, floored and sae access is provided.
3.5 Move or store any items excluded under clause 6.
3.6 The movement of any item or items which our staff reasonably believes they cannot move safely, whether due to its nature or its position.
3.7 Our staff are not authorised or qualified to carry out such wok. You are recommended to make arrangements for any such work to be provided for separately.
3.8 If you have requested and paid for a dismantling and/or a re-assembling service it is on the express understanding that as we are dealing with previously erected goods, whilst all care will be taken, we will not be liable for any damage if however caused by our negligence.
4. You Must :4.1 Declare in writing to us the value of the goods being removed and/or stored prior to the work commencing (unless you elect for our liability to be limited to £50 per item as set out in clause 9.)
4.2 Obtain at your own expense all permissions, consents, licences, permits or customs documents required for the removal of the goods.
4.3 Be present either personally or through an authorised representative during the collection and delivery process.
4.4 Prepare and stabilize all appliances prior to their removal.
4.5 Take reasonable precautions to prevent the unauthorised removal of goods not belonging to you and check to ensure that all your goods are duly removed.
4.6 Provide proper protection for goods left unattended or in unoccupied premises.
4.7 Empty, defrost and clean refrigerators and freezing equipment.
4.8 In addition you must provide us with contact details during the removal process including transit and/or storage of goods to the point of delivery.
4.9 We will not be liable for any loss, damage, cost or additional expense that may occur as a result of your failure to fulfil these obligations unless by reason of our own negligence or breach of contract.
OWNERSHIP OF GOODS
5. You confirm to us that the goods being removed are your property or that you have the authority of the owner to enter into this contract in relation to the removal of the goods and storage thereof.
5.1 You undertake to indemnify us for any claims and keep us indemnified against any claims resulting from any breach by you of clause 5.
6. Unless previously agreed by us in writing by a director, the following items are excluded from this contract and will not be removed.
6.1 Prohibited, stolen goods, drugs, pornographic material, potentially dangerous, damaging or explosive items. Aerosols, paints and firearms and/or ammunition.
6.2 Jewellery, watches, trinkets, precious stones or metals, money, deeds, securities, stamps, coins or collections of any similar kind.
6.3 Any goods likely to encourage vermin or other pests or to cause infestation or contamination.
6.4 Perishable items and/or those requiring a controlled environment or refrigerated or frozen food or drink.
6.5 Animals, birds or fish.
6.6 Goods requiring any licence or government consent for export or import or any movement contemplated within the removal.
6.7 If we do agree to remove any such goods we will not accept any liability for loss or damage unless we are negligent or in breach of contract. If you submit any such goods without our knowledge we will make them available for your collection and if you do not collect such goods within a reasonable time we reserve the right to take legal steps in relation to the disposal of any such goods. You must indemnify us against any additional charges, expenses, damages, costs or claims incurred by us as a result.
POSTPONEMENT OR CANCELLATION AND WAITING CHARGES
7. If this agreement is postponed or cancelled we may charge you depending on the amount of notice given. Our charges are as follows:7.1.1 More than 7 days prior to the move – no charge
7.1.2 Between 3 and 7 working days inclusive before the removal was due to start – not more than 50% of the removal charge.
7.1.3 Less than 3 days before the removal was due to start – the full amount.
7.1.4 For this purpose working days includes Mondays to Fridays other than public holidays.
7.1.5 If cancellation is with more than 7 dayâ€™s notice and a deposit has been paid, and/or boxes delivered, then we will make a nominal charge to cover the cost of delivery/collection/cancellation.
7.2 Waiting Charges
Our quotation is based on us being able to start unloading our vehicle/s before 2pm on the day of delivery (unless specified in writing). If we are prevented from doing so for reasons out with our control, waiting charges will become payable at a rate of £20 per man man per vehicle per hour plus
VAT. We offer a waiting charge waiver or a fee of £75. If the waiting waiver is accepted and paid for at least 24hrs in advance of the move commencing, all waiting charges will be waived for a maximum of three hours.
8. You must pay our charges so that we have cleared funds in advance of the removal.
8.1 We will accept cash payment on the day of the removal if agreed prior, this has to be paid prior to commencing the unloading at the new property.
8.2 You must not withhold any part of the agreed price.
8.3 We reserve the right to charge interest on overdue amounts.
8.4 Payment terms may only be varied with our written agreement in advance
OUR LIABILITY FOR LOSS OR DAMAGE
9. Our liability for negligence or breach of contract or otherwise under common law in relation to your goods is limited to the value declared to us under Clause 4.1 or £30,000 whichever is the least. If no such value is declared, or if you so elect, for the maximum amount of £50 per item. These limits may affect the quotation. If you haven’t provided us with the value of your goods prior to the work commencing then in the event of loss or damage to your goods caused by our negligence or breach of contract, our liability will not exceed £50 per item to cover the cost of repairing or replacing that item.
9.1 We are not liable on a ‘ new for old ‘ basis for any lost or damaged goods.
9.2 We shall not be liable to the extent that loss or damage is caused or contributed to by moving goods under your express instructions against our advice and in a manner that is likely to cause damage.
9.3 You must notify us as soon as reasonably possible of any damage to premises and to goods for removal.
9.4 We may offer at an extra charge of £75 per move an increased cover as ‘ extended liability ‘. This must be agreed prior to the move and will cover as standard goods up to the value of £30,000. An excess of £50 will apply to any claims with this warranty. With this cover a valuation must be given by yourself prior to the move. We recommend this option as giving you the most comprehensive cover.
9.5 We shall not be liable for damage to flat pack units that we are asked to move in their completed state, unless caused by negligence.
9.6 We shall not be liable for scuffs or other removal marks to soft furnishings and /or mattresses that are not protected or that we have not been requested to supply and fit such coverings and protection to.
10.We are not liable for the following:
10.1 Loss or damage to cars or other motor vehicles unless carried in an enclosed vehicle or trailer specially constructed for the purpose.
10.2 Electrical and mechanical derangement unless shown to be as a result of physical external damage to the item concerned or as a result of fire, flood, collision or overturning of road vehicles or other conveyances.
10.3 Breakage, scratching, denting, chipping, staining and tearing of items packed by you including trunks, suitcases and the like unless reasonably attributable to physical damage to such items caused by collision or overturning of road vehicles or other conveyances. This policy shall also exclude claims for missing items unless a valued list of contents is supplied by you to us prior to commencement of transit and such a list be approved by us.
10.4 Loss or damage which occurs prior to collection or packing by us or after delivery or unpacking by us.
10.5 Loss or damage to jewellery, watches, trinkets, precious stones, precious metals, coins, money, deeds, bonds, securities and stamps or collections of similar kind except whilst secured in a locked safe or strong room.
10.6 Loss or damage caused by wear and tear, gradual deterioration, warping or shrinkage, moth or vermin unless it can be reasonably demonstrated that such loss or damage arose as a result of our actions or failings.
10.7 Any consequential loss.
10.8 Loss or damage to refrigerated or frozen food and/or drink, plants, house plants, brittle objects, items with inherent defects howsoever caused and/or goods likely to encourage vermin and other pests to cause infection.
10.9 Prohibited or stolen goods, drugs, potentially dangerous, damaging or explosive items including gas bottles, aerosols, paints, firearms and/or ammunition.
10.10 Animals and their cages or tanks including pets, birds or fish.
10.11 Mysterious disappearance of customers goods in transit unless evidence can be provided to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the loss is solely attributable to the dishonesty of our employees.
10.12 None of our employees will incur any liability to you.
10.13 If the value of your goods in store or in transit are, at the time of loss or damage, collectively of greater value than the value declared, then you will bear the equivalent proportion of the claim in the same ratio as the actual value exceeds the declared value.
10.14 Our liability is limited to the reasonable cost of repair and no claim will be considered in respect of any depreciation in value of any item as a result of such repair.
10.15 Where any item consists of items in a pair or set, we will not pay more than the value of any particular part or parts which may be lost or damaged,
without reference to any special value which such part or parts may have as part of a pair or set, nor more than a proportionate part of the declared value of the pair or set.
DELAYS IN TRANSIT
11. Unless specifically agreed all arrival and departure times are estimates only.
11.1 Other than by reason of our negligence or beach of contract, we will not be liable for delays in transit.
11.2 If through no fault of ours we are unable to deliver your goods, we will take them into storage. The agreement will then be fulfilled and any additional service/s including storage and delivery will be at your expense.
TIME LIMIT FOR MAKING A CLAIM
12. You must notify us of any loss or damage within 7 days of the collection of goods by you or their delivery by us to their destination, unless we agree to an extension of this time limit. If you fail to make a notification to us of such loss or damage we will not be liable.
WITHHOLDING OR DISPOSAL OF THE GOODS (lien)
13. “Lien” is the legal right of the remover to hold goods until the customer has paid all outstanding charges.
We shall have a right to withhold and/or ultimately dispose of some or all of the goods if you fail to pay the charges and any other payments due under this or any other agreement. These include any charges that we have paid out on your behalf. While we hold the goods you will be liable to pay all storage charges and other costs (including legal costs) incurred by us in recovering our charges and applying our right of lien. These terms and conditions shall continue to apply.
13.1 If payment of our charges relating to your goods is in arrears, and on giving you three monthsâ€™ 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 amounts due to us, we may sell or dispose of some or all of the goods without further notice. The cost of the sale or dispute 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. If the full amount due is not received, we may seek to recover the balance from you.
14. We reserve the right to sub-contract part or all of the work provided for under this Agreement in which case these Terms and Conditions will continue to apply in full.
15. These Terms and Conditions together with our quotation form the whole agreement between us and all other correspondence or oral discussions or representations are excluded.
16. We may terminate this contract on three months’ notice in writing. If you wish to terminate this agreement whilst your goods are in storage you must give at least 10 working days notice in writing. You remain liable for charges for storage up to the date of release of the goods to you.