Bristol Van Removals Terms and Conditions
Quotations are valid for 28 days from the date of the quote being received.
If extra Furniture or belongings are not declared and or are added to the move after receiving your quote, and more time or vans and or men are required than originally quoted to complete the job, further costs will be incurred.
The customer should be packed and ready to move from the time scheduled unless we have agreed to do a pack and move on the day.
Removals that are booked in the morning will have a specific agreed start time.
Removals that are booked in the afternoon will have an estimated start time. We always try to stick to the schedule but please be aware that every removal is different and there are many factors out of our control like traffic, parking, access, weather, we can’t be in two places at once.
If a removal runs over we would appreciate your understanding and patience, the afternoon start time can be much later than estimated. This is why it is an estimated time of arrival in the first place, which is subject to change.
There will be no deduction of cost if we are later than our estimated time of arrival (we will aim to deliver the service within a reasonable time)
Jobs charged by time.
Local removals in Bristol that are charged by time will start from when the van arrives at the customer’s house and finish once the last item has been unloaded or when all customers’ requirements have been fulfilled plus the drive time back to the depot. (In Bristol +30 mins)
Jobs outside of Bristol will have the drive time charged from leaving the depot and or Bristol area to returning to the depo plus fuel, unless a set price has been agreed.
Please be aware that even though we will do our best to estimate job lengths, jobs may take longer than estimated. Moves will be charged for the time that they actually take to complete.
Due to the nature of removals there are many factors that can increase job length that are out of our control.
We will aim to complete each job to a high standard. We will put all furniture where the client desires as long as it is reasonable and safe to do so. We will stack boxes where needed, if there is not enough floor place to stack boxes we may have to stack boxes higher than normal to get everything into the property.
It is the client’s responsibility to make sure their furniture will fit into the new location, and is in a good state of repair to move without damage.
If clients furniture will not fit into the new property extra costs may be incurred in the transportation to another location.
We can disconnect and reconnect washing machines but we are not plumbers and do so at the client’s own risk. We can disconnect dishwashers and fridges as long as there is space to do so and that the pipes and fittings are in a good state of repair. Leaking pipes and fittings are not our responsibility. We can only work with what is there and any additional fittings and work is the client’s responsibility. It is not our Job to remove kitchen work tops or any other kind of carpentry work that may be required so that kitchen appliances fit in the new property. If the correct taps are not available or not working then it’s the client’s reasonability to get them fixed.
We cannot disconnect gas cookers, light fittings or electrical appliances that are hard wired into the wall.
Any furniture that is screwed to the wall like TV wall mounts, curtains and curtain rails, shelving, light fittings, and anything else, should be ready and disconnected by the customer prior to the move.
It is the customer’s responsibility to disconnect and reconnect any TV’s, stereos, computers, or any other electrical equipment.
Please note all furniture building/disconnecting services must be agreed prior to the move.
If we have to move white goods and or any furniture left behind by the previous tenants in your new property additional charges may be incurred.
We can move pianos but only from ground floor to the ground floor.
We can take furniture out of a window if required but we will not take responsibility for any damage caused in doing so as this is a risky and dangerous way to move furniture, we would be doing so purely to try to help you out. We would advise that you make other arrangements for your furniture like storage if they don’t fit into your property through conventional access.
Furniture dismantling and reassemble.
We can dismantle and rebuild furniture as long as the furniture is designed to do so and in a condition that allows this to happen. This has to be agreed to do so prior to the move.
Please note flat pack furniture is not designed to be taken apart and rebuilt many times. Even the most experienced and careful of hands cannot help the cheap woodchip from chipping and connecting dowels failing.
We will not be liable for the woodchip and dowels failing from disassembly or reassembly.
Flat pack furniture may lose original rigidity even when correctly rebuilt. This is one of the reasons flat pack furniture is cheap to buy. We are not responsible if rebuilt furniture loses its original rigidity.
Some furniture may have been glued or nailed and or may not be designed to be taken apart without damage. We will not be liable for damage of furniture that has been glued or nailed together when taking it apart or rebuilding it.
Custom made furniture is not made to be disassembled. We can try to do this if needed but will not take responsibility for any damage.
Some furniture especially furniture that is old may damage just by taking it apart. We will not be liable for any damage of any furniture that is rotten or mouldy or not in a condition to take apart.
Customers packing and moving responsibilities.
We accept no responsibility for damage or breakage to items that have not been packed or protected by adequate means.
Single walled boxes should not be used.
Glassware must be wrapped in paper or bubble wrap.
Boxes that are not sealed with tape and or correctly padded may cause damage, so please make sure boxes are not overloaded and correctly sealed. It is the customer’s responsibility to ensure that the items will fit in the new premises.
We should not take any liquids in the van or hidden in any boxes, damage form liquids that have been put in boxes or in the van is at the client’s risk.
TV’s or audio equipment or any other electrical equipment must be correctly packaged in a protected box. Electrical equipment that is not boxed is to be moved at the client’s risk and not covered by our Insurance.
Fridges and freezers should be emptied and ready to move.
It is the customer’s responsibility to check everything in the house flat or storage has been loaded into our van’s before leaving the property.
Washing machines should have their moving pins in place to lock the drum, washing machines moved without these pins is done so at the clients own risk.
The customer should remain on site throughout the removal unless agreed prior otherwise.
There should be reasonable access in and out of your property.
Dirty or dangerous working conditions
Waste of any kind will not be tolerated in the working environment.
We reserve the right to cancel a job if the working environment is a risk to our workers health.
Items we will not move.
Dangerous chemicals or hazardous substances, toxic waste, paint tins and gas bottles. Live animals, firearms, drugs or any other illegal goods.
Rest Breaks at work.
All our guys are very fit and will require a minimum of breaks. The current UK law requires that workers have the right to a minimum of one uninterrupted 20 minute rest break during their working day. This could be tea or lunch break.
If you offer our guys a tea break and you are being charged by time please be aware the charges will continue regardless of the break.
We can provisionally book you in so we can easily access your information and move your moving date around if needed with ease. A provisional booking is not a confirmed booking. We will do our best to advise if availability is running out for a date that might be provisionally booked. A provisional booking is not a guaranteed booking.
Customers have the right to cancel. There is no fee for cancelling as long as we are given proper notice.
If the customer cancel’s 48 hours or less prior to the move there will be a £50 + vat cancellation fee.
If we turn up to the move without notice of cancelation 50% of the total cost of the job will be charged to cover costs.
We reserve the right to postpone or cancel your move due to bad weather. This is very unlikely and would be only due to extreme weather like high winds, heavy snowfall or Ice that could make driving dangerous. We would look to rebook you in as soon as we are available after bad weather conditions have passed subject to availability.
If our vehicle’s breaks down we would look to hire a vehicle or bring over another one of our vehicles if it’s available.
If we can’t source a replacement vehicle that day we will have to continue the service at the next point we can source a replacement vehicle and or the persons to do the move.
We take no responsibility for mud and or dirt being brought into your property. Due to health and safety we cannot take off our footwear. We can provide extra floor protections if previously arranged otherwise it is the customer’s responsibility to provide carpet/floor protection.
We reserve the right to sub contract work which we have provided a quotation without notifying you. We use a small team of excellent subcontractors to help with the workload. The subcontractors are carefully selected, and meet our high standards of professional work and follow our code of conduct.
Insurance and Damages
Insurance is Included with all our moves. Our vans all have goods in transit Insurance up to £20,000. Subcontracted vans also have this Insurance. This protects your goods while being handled and transported. Damaged items must be reported to us no later than 7 days after moving in writing. If an item is lost or damaged beyond repair we would look to replace the item like for like or refund the value from your bill. We will pay a maximum of £40 per item of furniture that is scratched. If extra Insurance is required please check your home insurance.
What is not covered.
Cash, jewellery, live animals, fish, reptiles, plants, precious stones and metals, deeds, bonds, stamps, theft of Items, loss of data on a computer or any storage device, fire damage, water damage, weather damage. We will not be liable for mechanical or electrical faults unless there is evidence of impact damage
Any damage from a storage unit leaking water, dust damage, infestation, or any other damage from being stored should be taken up with the storage company. When moving to storage it is advised that you are present to ensure the state of your goods on arrival to storage. We must be notified of any damage before the items are left in storage. We take responsibility in the moving of your goods but once they are in storage our responsibility’s end. We cannot supply blankets for storage. Scratches caused in storage because of the lack of protective blankets is not our responsibility. Some storage containers are dirty and we cannot accept responsibility for dirt caused by the storage unit. We advise you to buy a mattress cover and or supply us with protective blankets from the storage company and to ensure adequate protection for your goods once they have left the care of the removal van. If you use another company to move you out of storage we cannot accept any damage because we won’t know who is responsible.
Damage to customer’s property
Our Insurance does cover accidental damage to customer’s property. Normal house Insurance should also cover this in the unlikely event of accidental damage to your property. We will pay a maximum of £40 for scratched walls to cover the cost of paint and or filler to touch them up.
If the access to the property is smaller than the furniture and or items moving into it, damage may be unavoidable. We will not take responsibility for damage caused by this scenario.
Public Liability Insurance.
We are covered up to One million pounds.
We will require a 50% deposit for any local move with any outstanding payment no later than 7 days after the completion of the Job. We will send you an Invoice which can be paid either by, online banking, debit or credit card or cash.
Jobs outside of Bristol or into storage will require full payment prior to the move no later than the previous day of the removal.
We offer 10% off the total cost of our services for NHS employees. A NHS ID badge must be emailed over for proof of employment prior to the move. The booking must be in the name of the person who made the original enquiry, and the person who is making the booking. The booking cannot be transferred into another name.
Minimum value of our service for the discount is £190.