These conditions set out the terms of the contract between the Removal and/or Storage Contractor (“the Contractor”) and you (“the Customer”) and explain your rights and obligations and responsibilities and those of the Contractor.
In Clauses 9, 11and 12 we set out our liability to you for loss and damage to your goods and premises. Please read these clauses carefully.
1.1 Any reference in these conditions to “we” or “us” is a reference to the Contractor.
Any reference in these conditions to “you” is a reference to the Customer.
Any reference to “Insurance Option” is to the Insurance Option set out in Clause 9A.
“Goods” means the goods being removed and/or stored.
2.1 Quotations include Value Added Tax but do not include any other customs duties levies or fees payable to government or other statutory bodies and all such duties or fees (if any) will be payable by you in addition to the quoted price.
2.2 Although 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:-
2.2.1 If due to any circumstances outside our control the work is not carried out or completed within three months of the quotation date
2.2.2 Our costs increase as a result of currency fluctuations or changes in taxation or freight charges beyond our control
2.2.3 We have to collect or deliver Goods above the first upper floor
2.2.4 We supply any additional services
2.2.5 There are delays outside our reasonable control in which event we will make additional charges calculated in accordance with our standard rates applicable at the time.
2.2.6 Access to the collection or delivery point is inadequate or the approach is unsuitable for our vehicles.
2.2.7 Any parking or other fees or charges that we have to incur and pay in order to carry out the services you require.
In all these circumstances you will be responsible for the extra charges.
2.3 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 written confirmation that we can move your Goods on your required date. We will send our written confirmation within one working day of our receipt of your acceptance of our quotation.
2.4 We agree in writing to increase our limit of liability set out in Clause 9.1.1 prior to the work commencing.
2.5 The entrance or exit to the premises, stairs, lifts, or doorways are inadequate for free movement of the goods without mechanical equipment or structural alteration, or the approach, road or drive is unsuitable for our vehicles and/or containers to load and/or unload within 20 meters of the doorway.
3. Work excluded from our quotations
Unless previously agreed in writing we will not: –
3.1 Dismantle or assemble unit-furniture (flat-pack), fittings or fitments (and in any event these works will not be covered by any insurance provided.)
3.2 Disconnect or reconnect appliances, fittings or equipment.
3.3 Remove or lay fitted floor coverings and shelf fixtures and fittings.
3.4 Take down or re-hang curtains, blinds or other window coverings.
3.5 Move night storage heaters unless they are dismantled.
3.6 Move or store any items excluded under Clause 4.
3.7 Move any item or items which our removal crew reasonably believe they cannot move safely or the removal of which may damage the item or items in question or its or their surroundings.
3.8 Clear driveways or other access areas (at either collection or delivery address) from snow or
ice or other materials.
3.9 Move Piano’s unless being moved ground floor to ground floor unless property has a working lift.
4. Excluded Property
The following items are specifically excluded from this contract and will not be removed: –
4.1 Jewellery, watches, trinkets, precious stones, money, deeds, securities, stamps, coins, or goods or collections of a similar kind.
4.2 Potentially dangerous, damaging or any kind of explosive items.
4.3 Goods likely to encourage vermin or other pests or to cause infection.
4.4 Refrigerated or frozen food or drink.
4.5 Any animals and their cages/ beds / tanks /food including all pets, birds or fish.
4.6 Cars, boats and caravans.
4.7 Furs, perfumery, wines, spirits, paint tobacco, cigars, cigarettes, foodstuffs or perishable goods.
4.8 Plants, plant pots, garden statues & garden furniture.
4.9 All soiled items including mattresses, sofa and pet beds
4.9 Breakage of owner packed property unless the box or container shows signs of external damage.
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.
5. Customer’s responsibility
It is your sole responsibility to:-
5.1 Declare to us the proper value of the Goods.
5.2 Obtain at your expense all documents necessary for the removal to be completed.
5.3 Be present yourself or appoint a representative at the departure and destination points to ensure that nothing is removed or left in error or is left in the wrong room.
5.4 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 any of these matters.
5.5 Pay for any parking or meter suspension charges incurred by us in carrying out the work unless otherwise agreed in writing.
5.6 Ensure that the fridge freezer, deep freezers are defrosted before transportation and not switched on straightaway, the recommended time to switch on these appliances is 24 hours after delivery. We do not pack and / or transport refrigerated or frozen contents.
5.7 Provide us with a correct and up to date contact address and telephone number during removal transit and/or storage of goods.
5.8 Ensure that the Goods or items you have packed are packed properly as the items packed by yourself are not covered under our insurance.
5.9 Other than by reason of our negligence or breach of contract, we will not be liable for any loss or damage, costs or additional charges that may arise from failure to discharge these responsibilities.
5.10 Have access to the new property by 3pm (£50 per hour waiting time after this time) part hours are charged as whole hours.
5.11 Ensure that trampolines, garden furniture, sheds & playhouses are all disassembled.
5.12 To ensure that TV’s over 40” are in original packaging or covered with a specialised cover.
5.13 Problem items must be declared at least 48 hours prior to the day of move & it is the responsibility of the customer to incur any cost relating to such items.
5.14 The customer is not permitted to travel in the van or be involved in the loading or unloading of any goods into the van. We will not be liable for any injuries sustained by such involvement.
5.15 Ensure that any children or pets are clear from causing any obstructions that may cause damage to goods, property or result in any injuries.
5.16 The customer is not permitted to smoke during the move under smoke-free legislation introduced in March 2006. Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act 2005
5.17 You are responsible for the correct disconnection of all white goods (refer to disclaimer)
6. Ownership of the Goods
By entering into this contract you confirm to us that:-
6.1 The Goods are your own property; or
6.2 You have the authority of the owner of the property to make this contract in respect of the goods.
6.3 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.
7.1 If you postpone or cancel this contract we may charge according to how much notice you provide prior to the agreed removal date:-
More than 7 days before the removal was due to start: 50%.
Less than 7 days before the removal was due to start: 100% of the removal charge.
On the day the work starts or at any time after the work commences 100% of our charges.
8. Payment of Removal Charges
Unless you have our written agreement to the contrary you must pay our charges so we have cleared funds in advance of the removal. Unless we agree otherwise, you may not withhold any part of the agreed price. Interest at 2% per month calculated on a daily basis, is charged on all overdue accounts.
We reserve the right to terminate this contract if payment is not received before the removal date, and not to carry out any services quoted for. Failure to comply with our payment terms will also mean that the Goods are not insured.
9. Our liability for loss or damage
9.1 In the event that we lose or damage your Goods, if we are liable, we will pay you up to a maximum of £50.00 sterling for each item which is lost or damaged, to cover the cost of repairing or replacing that item. In this respect an item is defined as any one article, suite, pair, set, complete case, package, carton or other container.
9.2 We may choose to repair or replace the damaged or lost item. However if we choose to repair the item we will not be liable for any depreciation in value. This will not be a like for like.
9.3 Other than because of our negligence, we will not be liable for any loss, damage or failure to deliver the Goods if it is caused by any of the following circumstances:
9.3.1 Fire howsoever caused.
9.3.2 War, invasion, acts of foreign enemies, hostilities (whether war is declared or not), civil war, terrorism, rebellion and/or military coup, Act of God, industrial action or other such events outside our reasonable control.
9.3.3 Normal wear and tear, natural or gradual deterioration, leakage or evaporation or from perishable or unstable Goods. This includes Goods left within furniture or appliances.
9.3.4 Cleaning, repairing or restoring unless we did the work.
9.3.5 Moth or vermin or similar infestation.
9.3.6 Electrical or mechanical derangement to any appliance, instrument or equipment unless there is evidence of external impact.
9.4 Additionally we will not be liable for any loss of or damage to:
9.4.1 Any Goods in wardrobes, drawers or appliances, or in a package, bundle, case or other container not both packed and unpacked by us.
9.4.2 Jewellery, watches, trinkets, precious stones or metals, money, deeds, securities, stamps, coins, or goods or collections of a similar kind, unless you have previously given us full information including value, and we have confirmed in writing that we will accept responsibility in accordance with 9.1 above.
9.4.3 Goods which have a relevant proven defect or are inherently defective.
9.4.4 Animals and their cages or tanks including pets, birds or fish.
9.4.6 Refrigerated or frozen food or drink.
Other than because of our negligence, we will not be liable for damages or costs resulting indirectly from, or as a consequence of loss, damage, or failure to deliver the Goods.
9.5 Wear and tear, gradual deterioration, scratching, bruising or denting;
9.6 Loss or damage of motor vehicles / goods / furniture caused by scratching, denting and marring unless You obtain from us a pre-collection condition report. Most of items we move are not brand new and it is not possible to make a note of scratches or the current condition of every item which is the reason why scratches are not covered in the insurance unless you request a pre-collection report of item/s for which charges may apply.
10. Delays in transit
10.1 Unless we give a specifically agreed written timescale then arrival and departure times are an estimate only.
10.2 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 your expense.
10.3 We shall not be in breach of this agreement nor liable for delay in performing, or failure to perform, any of our obligations under this agreement if such delay or failure results from events, circumstances or causes beyond our reasonable control including but not limited to adverse weather conditions. In such circumstances we shall be entitled to a reasonable extension of time for performing such obligations, provided that if the period of delay or non-performance continues for 4 weeks then you may terminate this agreement, without penalty by giving not less than 7 days written notice to us.
10.4 In the event that the agreement is terminated under clause 10.3 and we have part performed any of our obligations under this agreement, including but not limited to a completed or part-completed packing service and/or any storage requirement, any charges incurred by us at the time of your termination under clause 10.3 shall become chargeable in accordance with our standard rates applicable at the time.
10.5 In the event of termination under clause 10.3, any monies already paid will be refunded save that we reserve the right to set off such sums as are due to us under clause 10.3.1
10.6 We shall not be liable for any costs or charges you incur as a result of the termination of the agreement under clause 10.3.
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 and confirmed in writing to us within seven days unless you request a reasonable extension which we agree in writing. Because third party contractors or others are frequently present at the time of collection or delivery it is not always possible to establish who was responsible for loss or damage. If we are negligent or in breach of contract or otherwise responsible for causing loss or damage to your premises we will pay you either;
A: the cost of repairing the damaged area to a maximum limit of £75; or
B :up to a maximum of £75 on each premises.
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 in writing by recorded delivery post or email WITHIN SEVEN DAYS (this is a requirement of insurers) of either their collection by you or delivery by us to their destination, unless you request a reasonable extension which we agree in writing. Day one of seven to start the day after either their collection by you or delivery by us to their destination.
13. Our rights to withhold or dispose of Goods
We have a legal right to withhold or (subject to complying with the notice procedure in condition 16.6) ultimately dispose of some or all of the 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 our withholding your Goods and these terms and conditions will continue to apply.
14.1 If there is a dispute arising from this agreement which cannot be resolved either you or we may refer it to the Conciliation Service provided by The National Guild of Removers and Storers (“the Guild”). A referral of any matter to the Guild by us does not affect your right to pursue the matter through the Court.
14.2 As a member of the National Guild of Removers and Storers we participate in the Removals Industry Ombudsman Scheme (“the Scheme”). In the event that you are not satisfied with the result of the Conciliation Service referred to above you are entitled to refer the matter to the Ombudsman subject always to the rules of the Scheme from time to time.
15. Sub-contracting the work
15.1 We reserve the right to sub-contract some or all of the work for which we have provided a quotation without reference to you.
15.2 If we sub-contract these conditions will still apply in full.
16. Storage services
The following terms in addition to all other terms set out in this document will apply to all contracts for the storage of Goods:-
16.1 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.
16.2 The manner in which Goods are transported and whether we use conventional or containerised storage shall be within our sole discretion unless otherwise confirmed in writing.
16.3 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 the inventory to you.
16.4 All charges for storage services are payable in advance. All our charges including removal charges must be paid in full and funds cleared before any Goods are released from storage and we shall be entitled to exercise a lien over those Goods until we receive payment of all charges due from you to us.
16.5 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. We will always act reasonably in reviewing our storage charges.
16.6 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. Any such notice will tell you that we will dispose of your Goods three months thereafter if you fail to pay all outstanding sums due to us and, in that event, we will do so 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.
16.7 If your payments are up to date we will not end this contract except by giving you three calendar months’ notice in writing. If you wish to terminate your storage contract you should give at least 14 days’ notice. Whilst we will use reasonable endeavours to arrange the release of your Goods on the dates you require, specific dates cannot be guaranteed.
16.8 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 responsibility for such Goods will cease upon their being handed over to your chosen representative.
16.9 We are not liable for any damage to plants during storage.
17.0 Any flammable items such as gas canisters, alcohol & fireworks will not be stored under any conditions.
17. Whole agreement
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. Any variation however agreed shall never invalidate the remainder of these Terms and Conditions.
This contract is subject to the laws of England and Wales if our principal place of business is situated in England or Wales, or to the laws of Scotland if our principal place of business is situated in Scotland.