Terms and Conditions
These terms and conditions are applicable to any parties hiring 1st Movers’ services. 1st Movers is a trading name for 1st Movers Ltd (SC473382). Our Legal Disclaimer can be found here. Please read these terms and conditions in conjunction with our Legal Disclaimer and FAQs and they form part of these conditions.
Our prices are transparent and there are no hidden costs, there is no VAT to add either. The only exception is a parking suspension charge, if applicable – this is charged by your local council – please see Parking (below) for details.
For hourly priced jobs: prices are charged for the started hour and NOT when the hour completes. For example, if the removal time runs into the third hour –say 2 hours 20 minutes – the customer will be charged for 3 hours.
- A minimum of two hours applies to all of our special offers.
- Offers apply only to vehicle specified in the offer and are not applicable to other vehicles.
- Offers do not apply to piano moves or antiques.
- Offers are subject to availability.
- Offer prices are subject to advance payment or payment on the day, offer discounts will be automatically withdrawn and standard prices will apply should 1stMovers remain unpaid on the day of the job. It is customers’ responsibility to ensure that they have the means to pay for the services. 1stMovers has to be paid for the discounts to be applicable.
- These conditions should be read in conjunction with actual conditions of the specific offer.
- Parking outside all collection and delivery addresses is customers’ responsibility. If the customer fails to provide legitimate parking, any potential parking penalties will be customer’s responsibility and will be added to the final price of the move. We advise you to arrange suitable parking for the removal vehicle.
- For on street parking. Edinburgh Council grants free parking dispensations or suspensions for £40. You can reach the council on 0131-557-6941
- All jobs should be paid on or before the day of the move. 1st Movers does not offer any credit or pay later services.
- Payments can be made by cash, cheque (5 days in advance), debit/credit cards (3.5% extra charge) or directly into 1stMovers bank account. For further details, please visit our FAQs page. FAQs form part of these terms and conditions.
- For long distance jobs i.e. going over 25 miles, 50% payment is requested upfront. Cancellations requests need to be made 3 days prior to the job commencement, in the absence of a timely cancellation request the deposit will be withheld and treated as job cancellation fee.
- If for any reasons, we remain unpaid after the job completion date, we reserve the right to use debt collection agencies to recover the outstanding amount. Debt collection agencies may add their charges on top of the principle amount.
- If for any reasons, we remain unpaid after the job completion date, any discounts or offers will be withdrawn – as they are subject to timely payment, see offers section above – and standard prices will apply irrespective of the reasons for delay.
- Should we need to send out reminders to recover any outstanding monies, each letter will cost additional £15.
- A £25 charge is applicable to all late payments.
- If payment remains unpaid for over 30 days, £25 charge will apply for each delayed month, plus 9% interest on the outstanding amount.
Timings & Delays
- Job arrival times are estimated: Several factors beyond our control effect timings, therefore, we cannot be held responsible for inconvenience, loss or damage caused by delays. We advise you not to book trains, flights or other important things based on the estimated time of arrival provided by 1stMovers.
- 1stMovers will not be responsible for any delays, inconvenience, loss or damage caused by circumstances that are beyond our control, such as road closures, breakdown of vehicles, etc.
- All jobs are carried out subject to weather. 1stMovers will not be obliged to carry out a job, should we consider the weather to be adverse. Adverse weather conditions include but are not limited to: snow, blizzards, high winds, hale, or rain. Therefore, 1st Movers Ltd is not responsible for any delays, inconvenience, loss or damage caused by adverse weather conditions.
- To assist our customers smoothly, all our vehicles have breakdown and replacement vehicle covers. However, practically, if a vehicle breaks down before or during a job, it can take up to several hours before the recovery company can repair/replace the vehicle. In the event of such a breakdown we will try our best to send replacement vehicle as soon as possible, nevertheless, we cannot be held responsible for inconvenience, loss or damage resulting from the breakdown.
- Most home insurances would cover your goods in transit when moving home, we strongly advise that you check with your home insurance to ensure you are covered. Should you not be covered, your home insurance may be able to add a cover for a very small premium, it’s always worth asking.
- We can arrange various levels of cover for you, please enquire for details.
- Our quotes or offers do not, by default, include insurance to cover your goods, therefore, contents are moved entirely on customers’ risk.
- All our vehicles have goods in transit insurance – ranging from £5k to £50k -to cover eventualities. Nevertheless, this is purely to cover 1stMovers liability that may arise in case of eventualities like a road accidents etc. This would not automatically cover your goods for damage.
- We are happy to help customers dismantle their furniture (beds, wardrobes, etc). However, we are not furniture specialist, and dismantling or assembling furniture requests are performed entirely at customer’s risk.
Travelling with us
- We are not insured to carry passengers and we do not encourage customers to travel with us without insurance. Please be advised to arrange your own insurance if you decide to travel with us, otherwise, you will be travelling solely on your own risk and 1stMovers will not accept any liability arising from your decision to travel with us uncovered.
- Our business is moving contents and not people, therefore, the charges you pay are for moving contents only. If you decide to come along, the journey is free and at your own risk.
- Should you intend to travel with the vehicle, please inform us at the time of booking and ensure that there will be room for passenger.
- For fixed quotes, any additional items to those declared at the time of the quotation may result in change in the final price.
- If keys are not received on time, there will be an additional charge for the waiting time. Our usual hourly rates will apply to the additional waiting times.
- All cancellations incur a £30 administration charge.
- If you are moving within Edinburgh, cancellations must be advised at least 96 hours before the scheduled removal date. Failing which, £100 cancellation charge or 50% of original price -whichever is greater – will apply. You will appreciate that drivers and porters are reserved for the particular date and other jobs are turned down to ensure that we can assist you on moving day.
- If cancellation for Edinburgh jobs is advised at least 48 hours before the scheduled removal date then a £150 cancellation charge or 80% of original price -whichever is greater – will apply. You will appreciate that drivers and porters are reserved for the particular date and other jobs are turned down to ensure that we can assist you on moving day.
- Cancellations within 24 hours of the job will incur 100% costs i.e. you will still have to pay for the complete moving costs even if you do not use the service.
- Long Distance cancellations will always incur a £200 cancellation charge at least and cancellations within the last 15 days will incur a 50% (of quoted price) or the £200, whichever is greater.
Insuring with us
If you choose to insure goods with us, the following terms will apply:
- No claims for any damages will be entertained if part or self-loading.
- Boxes contents will not be covered unless, we packed them.
- Any items found to be missing, lost, broken or damaged, must be informed to the supervisor during or at the end of the job.
- An inventory list of all valuable or/and fragile items must be provided before the move including their estimate value for insurance purposes. If this list is not provided, any claim of loss or damage will not be taken into consideration.
- Electrical goods will not be covered for internal/functional damage unless there is evidence of physical damage caused by us.
- Antiques and Pianos are not automatically covered, please mention separately.
- Our Goods in Transit insurances are arranged through a third party – usually Aviva group – and are subject to additional terms and conditions that may be imposed by the Insurance company. A copy of those terms and conditions can be supplied on request.
- Moving items require appropriate clearance. If we are asked to carry large items up narrow stairways or corridors without reasonable clearance, we will move the items entirely on customers’ risk. In such circumstances, we will not be responsible for any damages to the walls, stairways or the items being moved.
- Packing materials/storage is charged in additional to the removal, unless specified in the quotation.
- 1st Movers cannot take responsibility if the customer underestimates the capacity of the vehicles he requires and more than one trip is necessary.
- 1st Movers reserves the right to change man power required for a move. We reserve the right to use more or less than stated men for a number of reasons including – but not limited to – unforeseen circumstances. Extra charges may apply if increased man power is required. Fixed price quotes will not be reduced if concluded with lesser man power. Hourly prices will be reduced/increased to the appropriate – as per prices advertised on the website – hourly charge for the amount of men used. For instance, if 4 men were promised and only 3 were made available, the hourly charge for 3 men will apply. Similarly, if 3 men were promised and 4 men were used, the increased hourly charge for 4 men will apply. The charges will be determined by rates present on our website.
- 1st Movers Ltd reserves the right to cancel or refuse a job if the customer’s behaviour is unacceptable or abusive.
- Porters are allowed 5 minutes break every hour.
Hazardous and Unacceptable items
- Explosive items and/or flammable liquids are not permitted in 1st Movers vehicles.
- Electrical and gas appliances should be unplugged before removal. Refrigerators and freezers should be defrosted, emptied and cleaned before removal. Please read our Removal Tips page for further details. 1st Movers is not responsible for the contents.