Terms and Conditions

We may give you a quote verbally, posted or in writing depending on the customer’s circumstances. If a customer has been given a verbal quote which is accepted and we do the work – these terms and conditions will apply in all circumstances.

Our Storage Business is an incorporation of Our Removal Business and these terms and conditions are mirrored and binding for both the Removal side and the storage side.

If you do not sign our acceptance form but go ahead with our Removal or Storage services, you will automatically agree to these terms and conditions and these will be legal and binding

These conditions explain your rights, obligations, and responsibilities and those of your contractor. A contract is a two-way arrangement and it is important that everyone knows where they stand. Where we use the word `you’ or `your’ it means the customer: ‘we’ and ‘us’ or ‘our’ means the contractor named on the front of this contract. These conditions can only be changed or amended by our written agreement.

1. Our Estimate

Unless otherwise stated, it does include insurance, does not include customs duties and inspections or any other fees payable to government bodies.
We may change the price or make additional charges if any of the following have not been taken into account when preparing our estimate and confirmed by us in writing.

(a) You do not accept it in writing within 28 days, with a firm removal date to which we agree in writing.
(b) By your delay, the work is not carried out or completed within three months.
(c) Our costs increase (or decrease) because of currency fluctuations or changes in taxation or freight charges beyond our control.
(d) The work is carried out on a Saturday, Sunday or Public Holiday at your request.
(e) We have to collect or deliver goods above the ground and first upper floor.
(f) We supply any additional services, including moving or storing of extra goods (these conditions apply to such work).
(g) The 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 10 metres of the doorway, and this means we have to do extra work.
(h) Any parking or other fees or charges that we have to pay in order to carry our services on your behalf.
(i) There are delays or events outside our reasonable control.
(j) We agree in writing to increase our limit of liability set out in clause 8.

In all these circumstances, you will pay the adjusted charges.

We create a full itinerary of the contents of your property at the time of quotation to aid us in making sure your removal goes as smoothly as possible. We use this itinerary on the moving day. Any extra items or furniture not included on the original itinerary is charged automatically and must be paid before the removal finishes.

It is SOLELY the customer’s responsibility to show us all items and rooms in/outside the property to ensure we provide the right vehicles and staff on the day.

Unless we tell you in writing that a removal is going to take longer than one day, the staff will finish at 5pm and extra charges will apply for extra days worked.

Quotes are valid for 30 days only and any length of time thereafter will require a new survey to be carried out by us where the price of the removal may rise.

2. Work not included in the quotation

Unless agreed by us in writing we will not:
(a) Dismantle or assemble unit or system furniture (flat-pack), fitments or fittings.
(b) Disconnect or reconnect appliances, fixtures, fittings or equipment.
(c) Take up or lay fitted floor coverings.
(d) Move storage heaters unless they are dismantled.
(e) Move items from a loft, unless properly lit, and floored and safe access is provided.
(f) Move or store any items excluded under clause 4

Our staff are not authorised or qualified to early out such work. We recommend that a properly qualified person is separately employed by you to carry out these services.

3. Your responsibility

It will be your sole responsibility to:
(a) Declare to us the value of the goods being removed and/or stored.
(b) Arrange adequate insurance cover for the goods submitted for removal transit and/or storage against all insurable risks.
(c) Obtain at your own expense, all documents, permits, licences, customs documents necessary for the removal to be completed.
(d) Be present or represented throughout the removal.
(e) Take all reasonable steps to ensure that nothing that should be removed is left behind and nothing is taken away in error.
(f) Arrange proper protection for goods left in unoccupied or unattended premises, or where other people such as (but not limited to) tenants or workmen are, or will be present.
(g) Prepare adequately and stabilise all appliances or electronic equipment prior to their removal.
(h) Empty, properly defrost and clean refrigerators and deep freezers. We are not responsible for the contents.
(i) Provide us with a contact address for correspondence during removal transit and/or storage of goods

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.

4. Goods not to be submitted for removal or storage

The following items are specifically excluded from this contract:

(a) Jewellery, watches, trinkets, precious stones or metals, money, deeds, securities, stamps, coins, or goods or collections of any similar kind.
(b) Prohibited or stolen goods, drugs, potentially dangerous, damaging or explosive items including gas bottles, aerosols, paints, firearms and ammunition.
(c) Plants or goods likely to encourage vermin or other pests or to cause infestation.
(d) Refrigerated or frozen food or drink.
(e) Any animals and their cages or tanks including pets, birds or fish.
(f) Goods which require special licence or government permission for export or import.

Such goods will not be removed by us except with our prior written agreement. In the event that we do remove such goods, we will not accept liability for loss or damage wholly or mainly attributable to the special nature of the goods concerned. If you submit such goods without our knowledge and prior written agreement we will not be liable for any loss or damage and you will indemnify us against any charges, expenses, damages or penalties claimed against us. In addition, we shall be entitled to dispose of (without notice) any such goods which are listed under paragraphs 4(b), 4(c) or 4(d).

5. Ownership of the goods

By entering into this contract, you declare that:

(a) The goods to be removed and/or stored are your own property, or
(b) The person(s) who own or have interest in the them, have given you and us authority (in writing to us).

You will meet any claim for damages and/or costs against us if these declarations are not true.

6. Charges if you postpone, delay or cancel the removal

Before the day of your move:

If you postpone or cancel this contract, we may charge according to how much notice is given.

(a) More than 14 days before the removal was due to start: NIL.
(b) Less than 14 days, but more than 8 days before the removal was due to start: 30% of the removal charge.
(c) Less than 8 days before the removal was due to start: 80% of the removal charge.
(d) Within 48 hours before the removal was due to start: 100% of the charge.

On the day of your move:

(a) We will only move you into a property that has been fully vacated by the previous owners and any delay due to this reason will result in a £65 + VAT per hour waiting time fee.

(b) In the event that we are waiting outside a property that we cannot gain access to due to the previous owners not arranging adequate removals services, we will give you the option of waiting until 5pm at the above cost. After this time, if the property is not fully vacated, we will take your goods into storage and the removal will be fulfilled. The same cost will occur to deliver you back to the house from our storage facility at an earliest date that is convenient to us.

(c) Any house sale should be completed by 1pm but we do understand that sometimes completion runs a little past this time. In all cases, and in our extended experience, our team should have completed the move by 5pm unless our surveyor discusses this with you in advance, in which case, this will be factored into the quote.

(d) Our day begins at 8.30am and finishes at 5pm. If we cannot complete the move and be back at base by 5pm on the day of the move through no fault of our own whatever the circumstances are, your goods will automatically be taken into storage and extra charges will apply accordingly. In these circumstances, you are agreeing to pay these extra charges in line with the original quote which was agreed to.

(e) If we cannot complete the move before 5pm on the day of the move through no fault of our own but we get the keys before 4pm – there will be extra charges after 5pm at £100 +VAT per hour until we get back to our business address. These extra charges will be payable immediately and before our staff finish unloading your goods.

(f) If we cannot gain access to the new property by 4pm sharp, we will take the goods into storage where the move will be completed from our end and extra storage and removal charges will incur – please see above.

(g) The quote provided is for loading and unloading only. If our porters cannot gain access to the property by 1.30pm and are waiting, there will be an additional waiting for keys charge at £65 +VAT per hour.
(h) It is the customers FULL responsibility to make sure that we gain direct access outside your property and that you are fully ready to move when we arrive. If we are delayed in loading/unloading your goods due to these circumstances, extra charges will apply and will be worked out on the basis of the extra work or time taken to load/unload.
Our staff work incredibly hard to accommodate all of our customers and we all have the customers best interests at heart. We acknowledge that things may not go according to plan either before or on the day of the move but we are here to help. We do not deserve nor do we tolerate any kind or form of verbal abuse whatsoever. We reserve the right in any circumstances where our staff are not being treated with respect to refuse to carry out any full or part removal and the full balance will be payable and this contract fulfilled.

7. Paying for the removal

Unless otherwise agreed by us in writing:
(a) Payment is required, by cleared funds in advance of the removal or storage period.
(b) You may not withhold any part of the agreed price.
(c) In respect of all sums which are overdue to us, we will charge interest calculated at 4% above the base rate for the time being of National Westminster Bank PLC.

8. Our liability for loss or damage

As the customer, you must provide us before the move commences an inventory along with pictures of any valuable items that you deem to be worth more than £250. If you fail to do so but later advise that valuable items are damaged or missing – this will deem any claim fully null and void. In all cases, for valuable items, as the customer you must give us written instructions (via email or recorded post) that you wish to increase your insurance liability. In all cases, we will then provide you with a separate cost for increasing your liability. This will be at an extra cost to you.

Our liability for loss or damage is limited, as set out in clause 8(a) below. You may request us to increase our liability, as set out in clause 8(c) below, subject to our express written agreement in advance of carrying out the removal and/or storage and payment of an additional charge.

(a) In the event of our losing or damaging your goods, if we are liable, we will pay you up to a maximum sum of £40 for each item which is lost or damaged, to cover the cost of repairing or replacing that item.
(b) We may choose to repair or replace the damaged item. If an item is repaired we are not liable for depreciation in value.
(c) Always subject to receiving your itemised valued inventory and request in writing to increase our liability, prior to the removal and/or storage commencing, we may offer to extend our maximum liability to the value declared by you to us. This is not an insurance on the goods and you are strongly advised to accept the insurance offered in our quote or if arranging insurance cover yourself, you are advised to show this contract to your insurance company.

For the purposes of clauses 8(a), 8(b) and 8(c), an item is defined as any one article, suite, pair set; complete case, carton, package or other container.

(d) Other than by reason of our negligence, we will not be liable for any loss, damage or failure to produce the goods if it is caused by those circumstances set out in the following:

I. By fire howsoever caused.
II. By 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.
III. By 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.
IV. By moth or vermin or similar infestation.
V. By cleaning, repairing or restoring unless we did the work.
VI. To any goods in wardrobes, drawers or appliances, or in a package, bundle, case or other container not both packed and unpacked by us.
VII. For electrical or mechanical derangement to any appliance, instrument or equipment unless there is evidence of external impact.
VIII. To jewellery, watches, trinkets, precious stones or metals, money, deeds, securities, stamps, coins, or goods or collections of a similar kind, howsoever caused, unless you have previously given us full particulars with value, and we have confirmed in writing that we accept responsibility as in conditions 8(a) or 8(c) above.
IX. To any goods which have a relevant proven defect or are inherently defective.
X. To animals and their cages or tanks including pets, birds or fish.
XI. To plants.
XII. To refrigerated or frozen food or drink

(e) Other than by reason 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 produce the goods.
(f) No employee of the contractor named on the front of this contract shall be separately liable to you for any loss, damage, mis-delivery, errors or omissions under the terms of this contract.

9. Extra conditions that apply to removals to/from a foreign country outside the United Kingdom

For goods destined to, or received from a place outside the United Kingdom:

(a) We will accept liability only for loss or damage to goods when they are in our actual possession, and if it can be proven that we were negligent. In such circumstances, we will accept liability as in condition 8(a) or 8(c) above. We are not liable for any loss, damage or failure to produce the goods if it is caused by those circumstances set out in condition 8(d) above.
(b) Where we engage an international transport operator, shipping company or airline, to convey your goods to the place, port or airport of destination, we do so on your behalf and subject to the terms and conditions set out by that carrier.
(c) If the carrying vessel/conveyance, should for reasons beyond the carrier’s control, fail to deliver the goods, or route them to a place other than the original destination, you have limited recourse against the carrier, and may be liable for General Average contribution (e.g. the costs incurred to preserve the vessel/conveyance and cargo) and salvage charges, or the additional cost of onward transmission to the place, port or airport of destination. These are insurable risks and it is your responsibility to arrange adequate marine/transit insurance cover.
(d) We do not accept liability for goods confiscated, seized or removed by Customs Authorities or other Government Agencies.

10. Time limit for claims

(a) For goods which we deliver, you must note any visible loss, damage or failure to produce any goods at the time of delivery.
(b) If you or your agent collects from our warehouse, you must note any loss or damage at the time the goods are handed to you.
(c) Notwithstanding clause 8, we will not be liable for any loss of or damage to the goods unless a claim is notified to us or our foreign correspondent in writing as soon as such loss or damage is discovered (or with reasonable diligence ought to have been discovered) and in any event within seven (7) days of collection of the goods from us or delivery of the goods by us, as the case may be. Claims must be put in writing within 5 days.
(d) The time limits referred to in clauses 10(a), 10(b) and 10(c) above shall be essential to the contract.
(e) Upon your written request we may at our discretion agree to extend your time for compliance with clause 10(c), PROVIDED your request is received within the time limits provided for and subject to this proviso we will not unreasonably refuse such a request.

11. Delays in transit

(a) Other than by reason of our negligence, we will not be liable for delays in transit.
(b) If through no fault of ours we are unable to deliver your goods, we will take them into store.
The contract will then be fulfilled and any additional service(s), including storage and delivery, will be at your expense.

12. Damage to premises or property other than goods.

(a) We will not be liable for any damage to premises or property other than goods submitted for removal and/or storage unless we have been negligent.
(b) If we cause damage as a result of moving goods under your express instruction, against our advice, and where to move the goods in the manner instructed will inevitably cause damage, we shall not accept that we were negligent.
(c) If we are responsible for causing damage to your premises or to property other than goods submitted for removal and/or storage, you must note this on the worksheet or delivery receipt. This is essential to the contract.

13. Our Right to Hold the Goods (lien)

We shall have a right to withhold and/or ultimately dispose of some or all of the goods until you have paid all our charges and any other payments due under this or any other 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 by our withholding your goods and these terms and conditions shall continue to apply.

We take non-payment extremely seriously and any non-payment of storage past 30 days will give us the right to sell and or dispose of your goods under the terms and conditions of this agreement.

14. Storage Opening Hours and Access

We operate containerised storage. This is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm. To book moving out of storage or inspection of containers, when coming out, we charge £85 + VAT per container release fee to bring each container out.

Waiting time in storage for others to collect goods out of storage is charged at £95 + VAT per hour for a member of staff to wait in storage until all goods have vacated storage.

We are not a manned storage and our storage facility is locked at all times unless we are moving a customer in or out. This means that it is not open to the public to vacate their own property at short notice. We are a busy company and a minimum of 4 working days’ notice is required to book to come in. When a request is received, we will check our diary for a date convenient to us that fits around our work. A written response is needed to formally book in.

When we are away and or on long distance removals where we are working away from base over night, our storage facilities are fully closed and will be open to make an appointment once we are back at the office.

15. Disputes

If there is a dispute arising from this agreement, which cannot be resolved, either you or we, may refer it to the Conciliation Service.

16. Our right to sub-contract the work

a) We reserve the right to sub-contract some or all of the work.
b) If we sub-contract, then these conditions will still apply.

17. Route and method

(a) We have the full right to choose the route for delivery.
(b) Unless it has been specifically agreed in writing on our estimate, other space/volume/capacity on our vehicles and/or the container may be utilised for consignments of other customers.

18. Driver Regulations

All our drivers who drive our vehicles are regulated and bound by EU driver regulations which may affect your removal if travelling long distance. For any further information on this – please ask.

19. Advice and information

Advice and information in whatever form it may be given is provided by the company for the customer only. Any oral advice given without special arrangement is provided gratuitously and without contractual liability.

20. Applicable law

This contract is subject to the law of the country in which the office of the company issuing this contract is situated.

Howarths Removals

Unit 7
Robinwood Mill
Burnley Road
OL14 8JA

01706 593932

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