Terms and Conditions of Sale
While every effort is made to deliver and fit to the customer’s satisfaction, delivery promises are approximate only, and failure to deliver on the stated date or at a specified time shall not render us liable for damages, lost time or any other consequential loss.
It is the customer’s responsibility to notify the fitter in writing of the location of any pipes or cables, which might be damaged during the fitting. No responsibility can be accepted for damage to under floor pipes or cables or for consequential damage to property or fittings.
When a customer places a conclusive order for carpets or flooring based on the customer’s own measurements and does not require an estimation by the company, the customer accepts full liability for the accuracy of the dimensions stipulated.
Warranty Flooring samples should only be used as a guide to colour matching. Colour reproduction may vary across batches of carpet. Carpets are matched back to the master sample to ensure that colour remains within a commercial tolerance. Carpets varying in width (4m and 5m) may vary in colour as they may be from different batches. Carpets that are identical but laid with the pile travelling in different directions may appear not to match. Wood products are an organic material and are subject to natural variance. You should note that when a subfloor is not completely flat, this may result in a bounce effect in wooden flooring and the Company will not be held responsible for this. The company will always endeavor to offer the customer the most accurate advice possible about preparing the surface before we begin any specific job. All fabrics especially carpets are liable to pile shading differences, light and dark areas arising from unequal surface pressure. This is no way detrimental to the durability of the carpet, and is not a fault in manufacture.
The total price for jobs includes VAT at the current rate unless otherwise specified.
The legal and equitable title to the goods supplied under any contract will not pass to the purchaser until the price for the goods and all other sums due from the purchaser has been paid in full and until such payments the purchaser will keep the goods in a fiduciary capacity as bailee for the company.
Should any time be wasted by our fitters or employees due to not being able to gain access to the site or deliver or install carpets/floor covering, or the site not being ready to receive fitting, this will result in a charge being made to the customer to recover the losses to the company.
Standard Terms of Payment are as follows:
- 20% deposit upon placing the order
- We currently accept payments online, via credit or debit card and cash
- For credit or debit card payment balance of monies will be taken on the same card on the day of installation
- When accepting our estimate you are agreeing to the above terms & conditions
- Minimum fitting cost is £50 +VAT
Please take note of the following points:
- We offer to trim door strictly on the understanding that we take no responsibility for any damage to doors. A charge for this service will be made.
- Vinyl and lino installations. All furniture and fixed items i.e., washing machines, fridges, dishwashers etc., must be removed before the fitter commences work
- You can remove these items yourselves or ask us to quote for this service at an additional charge. This charge is based on the number of items our team removes.
- otherwise we take no responsibility for any damage that may occur.
- Cancelation:Any cancellations must be notified to the company via email with 24 hours notice and a minimum of 30% handling charge will be chargeable.
These conditions supersedes all prior representations or arrangements and contain the entire agreement between the parties in connection with the products (unless otherwise stated). None of the Companies employees or agents has authority to modify or supplement these conditions. Nothing in these conditions shall restrict the normal consumer rights of a Customer. Fitting dates quoted are given in good faith but are not guaranteed. If the Companies employees or agents are asked by the Customer or their agents to move any furniture, appliance or other item to accommodate the fitting of floor covering, the Company, its employees or agents will not be held responsible for any damage caused unless by negligence. Such requests must be made to the Company and confirmed in writing at least five working days before the fitting date. If the Companies employees or agents are asked by the Customer or their agents to remove or replace any skirting board, beading or scotia, the Company and its employees or agents will not be held responsible for any damage caused unless by negligence.
The removal and fitting of skirting boards can often damage wall décor and plasterwork. Our fitters will take every reasonable care to avoid any damage in the fitting process and our cleaning staff (post fitting) will hoover your new carpet & touch up any paint work that is scratched (skirting boards) as a direct result of the work carried out by our fitters.
It is the customers responsibility to undertake any repair work that may be necessary. Our fitters will take every reasonable care to avoid any damage to the skirting boards whilst fitting the new flooring, but to add further peace of mind our cleaning team will hoover and touch up any small blemishes or scratches to the skirting boards caused by the fitting team as part of their fitting process.
Price and Payment Unless otherwise stated on the order confirmation our prices are inclusive of VAT. A deposit of 20% is payable at the time an order is placed to cover the cost of us purchasing materials, it is non-refundable once materials have been ordered. If the Company is unable to fulfil the order any deposit will be refunded to the Customer in the same manner in which it was paid. Any outstanding balance is payable by the Customer a minimum of 7 days after fitting. Time is of the essence of the contract. The Company may charge interest at 4% over Barclays Bank plc.’s base rate per annum for the time being (to accrue from day to day) on any sum owed to the Company under the contract that is not paid. In the event that cleared funds are not received for the deposit payment (for example if your card declines or your cheque bounces) we may request full payment before any installation of goods takes place.
Supply Only Orders
For customers ordering goods on a supply only basis we have a strict no returns policy. Payment is required in full at the time of the order and it is the customers responsibility to check their order requirements prior to placing their order. When calculating product quantities an allowance is made for wastage which is an essential requirement of floor fitting. All products are ordered specifically for each customer and any leftover product is to be retained by the customer and can’t be returned for a refund. From the time flooring is fitted it is the customers responsibility to care for and maintain the flooring according to the manufacturer’s guidelines. If customers require any assistance in locating these guidelines, then please speak to us.
The Company will supply the goods and services under this agreement with reasonable skill and care. If you are unhappy with any aspect of our work, you should notify us within a reasonable time. We will arrange a time when we can visit your property to examine the supplied goods and services and, if the goods and services are deemed unacceptable, we will either remedy the defect in question or re-supply the defective service. We offer a lifetime warranty on the fitting of carpet; the fitting guarantee becomes void if the carpet is for some reason lifted either in part or fully and subsequently refitted. Force Majeure The Company will source and fit the goods within a reasonable time that’s agreed with the Customer. If any unexpected issues arise the Company will contact the Customer to discuss the best way forward, this may include a revised fitting or delivery date or in certain exceptional circumstances a cancellation of the order and full refund. The Company will not be liable to you for any loss or damage if we fail to meet the original time scale because of circumstances beyond our reasonable control. Risk and Title Risk in the goods shall pass from the Company to the Customer upon delivery and fitting. However, the Company shall retain ownership of the products until payment has been received in full. Cancellation The goods are bespoke and made to measure to your requirements. As such they fall into the category of tailor-made products within the Consumer Contracts Regulations and hence you will not be able to cancel once your order is placed. This will not affect your legal rights as a consumer in relation to made to measure goods that are faulty or not as described. Notwithstanding this the Company will accept cancellation of orders provided goods have not been irrevocably ordered from our suppliers. Where stock is held for us by our suppliers, but not dispatched, we will normally be able to accept a cancellation and provide a full refund.
On Site Survey
The Company strongly recommends its estimators undertake a site visit before the Customer places an order. This is to establish the correct room dimensions and whether any floor preparation is needed before confirming a contract price. If no such survey is undertaken or permitted by the Customer, the Company will not be held responsible for shortages or subsequent additional costs that may arise during installation. This also applies where doors need to be trimmed to accommodate the flooring. Door trims can only be carried out on internal doors that are solid wood. The following doors cannot be trimmed, fire doors, sliding doors, hollow doors or doors containing glass panels. All such services are chargeable. Scratch resistant does not mean scratch proof and should not be considered as such. The contract may not be assigned by the Customer without the Companies prior written consent.
Room Clearance/Furniture removal
To facilitate speedy and efficient fitting customers are required to clear all areas of old floorings and accessories unless this service has been booked with us prior to the fitting date. The Little Carpet Company Offer this as a separate service and are happy to quote for this at the time of estimation.
If the customer does not require this service we expect that all furniture will be removed from the areas to be fitted with new flooring. Any requests for assistance to help move furniture that have not been pre booked will be at the discretion of the fitter(s) and maybe subject to an additional charge.
Please note that we will not accept liability for any damage subsequently found.
It is the customers responsibility to arrange the removal and refitting of any kitchen and utility room appliances, for the avoidance of doubt this includes cookers, dishwashers, washing machines, tumble dryers, fridges etc.
Pipes & Cables
Customers are responsible for securing all electrical wires and cables prior to the fitter arriving. This includes but is not limited to telephone wires, alarm wires, speaker cables, ethernet cables etc. It is the customers responsibility to make the fitter aware of any wires or cables which may be situated in the area where flooring is being fitted. We will not be responsible for any damage to wires or cables where the fitter was not made aware of their existence prior to the commencement of fitting. It is the customers responsibility to make the fitter aware of any pipework in the area where flooring is being fitted. We will not be responsible for any damage to pipework where the fitter was not made aware of its existence prior to the commencement of fitting. Customers are responsible for the disposal of all rubbish associated with the flooring services undertaken.
A rubbish removal service is available at an additional cost and we will removal all waste products in an environmentally friendly way. Our teams will supply anti contamination bags to avoid the spread of any contamination through common carpet issues silverfish Carpet Mouths.
As soon as possible after the completion of the works, our team will return to hoover and clear the area our fitting team have been working in. The Fresh Clean Team will also make good any small blemishes caused by our Fitting Team for clarity these include, chips to paintwork, scratches in the skirting boards, carpet off cuts, dust. We will then ask you to inspect the work with a member of our team to ensure everything has been carried out to our usual high standards. We then ask that you sign the work off as a final closer for the onsite work.
Complaints Policy We always endeavour to provide the best service and products for our customers. However, on rare occasions, we recognise that there may be times where our customers may not be completely satisfied. To ensure we are able to put things right as soon as we can, please read our complaints procedure below and we will respond promptly to ensure complete satisfaction.
In the unlikely event there is anything you are not completely satisfied with, please contact us as soon as you can in order that we can rectify any problems as soon as possible. Either call us on 01992 577 771, or write to us at The Little Carpet Company, Unit 14B, Woodside Industrial Estate, Thornwood Epping, CM16 6LJ or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org We aim to respond within 2 days of receiving your complaint with a proposed solution.
Any estimate of delivery must be regarded as approximate only and whilst every effort is made to avoid delays, we cannot accept responsibility for any delay which may occur outside of our control. Doors which do not clear new carpets will be removed if necessary, but not trimmed.
A charge will be made for uplift or removal of old carpets, moving furniture will also be chargeable.