All work, whether pre-planned or ad-hoc will be subject to the terms and conditions stated below unless otherwise agreed beforehand in writing. A written scope of works will be provided for larger, complicated or planned works and this will detail the specifics relating to any particular job.
All downlights and pendants are assumed to be non-dimmable unless otherwise stated.
The number of downlights in any given room will be determined by the room size, joist layout, planned furniture placement and other such practical factors.
Downlights are based on fire rated LED models available with white, Stainless Steel or polished/brushed chrome bezels and with warm white or cool white lamps. Samples can be provided for approval.
Lighting dimming options where specified require specialist LED dimmer switches.
Where decorative or feature lighting or accessories are to be installed, it will be up to the client booking the work to source fixtures to match own personal tastes. I can assist with the supply of such, but the cost of such is not included in any scope of works unless otherwise stated.
Where feature lighting has been sourced or supplied by parties other than Gifford’s Electrical Ltd., please open the packaging and inspect for missing parts or carriage damage, especially with regard to parts such as glass shades. Gifford’s Electrical Ltd. cannot be held responsible for items that have not been inspected and subsequently show signs of damage or missing component parts upon unpackaging.
If any new lighting sourced by a client doesn’t come supplied with lamps, I can provide compatible LED lamps, but the cost for such won’t have been factored into any scope of works unless otherwise stated.
TV services are assumed to be Freeview unless stated otherwise.
Any new TV points required will be assumed to be connected to an existing working aerial, although it may be the case that additional boosting/distribution is required.
If an aerial or satellite dish is in an unserviceable condition or not present, or if it requires upgrading to support new outlet points, then secondary work or external specialist fitters may need to be booked.
It is assumed that any heated towel rails installed in the bathroom or en-suite are to be powered by the central heating system and that no electrical feed is required unless listed otherwise on the scope of works.
Lighting in the bathroom/en-suite will have to be IP rated if the ceiling is below 2.25m from the finished floor level, otherwise non-IP rated aluminium fittings can be installed.
Extractor fans are based on a quiet Envirovent/Vent Axia or equivalent model.
Extractor fan(s) would each have a fused fan isolator installed in a practical location.
Under-cupboard lighting is assumed to be switched on with the overhead lighting. It will have a LED driver and will be of a SELV (low voltage) type for safety.
The under-cupboard light is based on LED strip tape which can be custom cut to size and with a light colour which closely matches the other luminaires in the room.
Stud walls may have to be opened if there is internal construction such as a noggin in the way of the wiring route.
Modifications to or removal of existing accessories either for replacement or inspection may result in minor chipping of plaster or paintwork which may require correction by third parties not accounted for in this scope of works.
Where carpeting or flooring is to be lifted, every effort will be made to avoid damage and refit to an acceptable standard, however a professional may be required to refit.
Wall chases will be left unfilled and will require correcting by third parties not accounted for in this scope of works.
Drilling of brickwork may result in ‘blowing’ of the brick face. This will be avoided where possible and covered over with an aesthetic solution afterwards if necessary.
Every effort will be made to minimise dust, however sensitive or valuable items should be removed from the working area or covered by the client to their own satisfaction before work commences.
Basic tidying and vacuuming will occur at the completion of work, but additional wiping down, especially of food preparation surfaces, should be undertaken by the client once the site has been vacated.
Repairs to decorative finishes such as wall chases is outside of the scope of works and may require professional attention.
New accessories may not match the footprint of old resulting in painting or other decorative finishing being required which would be outside of the scope of works.
Accessories such as light switches are assumed to be in a white plastic finish from the Hager Sollysta range unless a decorative option has been specified.
White plastic accessories are usually based on the rounded corner range. Decorative accessories, if desired, may incur additional purchase costs.
We reserve the right to refuse to install any client-supplied accessories that appear to be damaged, not made to British or European standards or which would be unsuitable for the intended application.
No consumer unit (fuse box) upgrade can take place without the electrical installation first being fully tested and inspected as part of an Electrical Installation Condition Report, and any serious issues that may be uncovered then rectified.
Where accessories have been sourced or supplied by parties other than Gifford’s Electrical Ltd., please open the packaging and inspect for missing parts or carriage damage. Gifford’s Electrical Ltd. cannot be held responsible for items that have not been inspected and subsequently show signs of damage or missing component parts upon unpackaging.
Where a spur accessory is fed from an existing accessory, it is assumed the existing accessory is not already a spur, otherwise a fuse point may have to be installed with associated costs that will not have been factored into the scope of works unless otherwise stated.
Unless specified otherwise, the term “outlets” when written on a scope of works refers to standard twin socket outlets located at a ‘standard height’, e.g. to match the height of existing accessories in a room, low level for living areas and mid-level for kitchen worktops. Standard outlets are not decorative, USB enabled or fitted with smart technology. The term ‘outlets’ does not apply to non-standard locations such as in cupboards/under work surfaces or high level sockets or fuse points for TV’s, extractors, RCD points or other accessories which, if included, will be listed separately and explicitly on the scope of works.
Where attic access is required, it is assumed there is suitable room to move, that the attic is not full of items, there are no vermin, that cables are accessible and that the floor has not been boarded. Where this is not the case, additional time may be required to work around such issues.
Where work needs to take place, it will be expected that furniture will have been cleared beforehand to allow reasonable access for personnel and tools. Should any furniture require moving, no responsibility is accepted for damage and time incurred would be chargeable. Should it not be possible or practical to move furniture or obstructions due to fragility, amount, weight, security of fixings or any other factors then it may become necessary to postpone or abandon the proposed scope of works without notice.
It is assumed the existing electrical installation is fault-free and that no remedial work is required before modifications can be made. If faults or issues are uncovered during inspection & testing or at any time during the installation work, then you will be made aware of the problem and of your options.
Any remedial work found necessary to allow the modification and certification of the installation may incur additional costs for time and materials.
Parking, congestion or other vehicle related charges, where applicable, will be added to the final invoice.
Power may be interrupted at any time and for prolonged periods. Sensitive equipment such as computers or important health monitoring devices should be taken offline or pointed out to us before work commences.
Any important or critical systems or appliances should be made known at the start of work and checked at the end by the client to ensure they have power and are operating correctly. Gifford’s Electrical Ltd. will not be responsible for inconsequential loss or damage as a result of necessarily disconnecting the power in order to undertake the required work.
Gifford’s Electrical Ltd. staff will supply their own access equipment for use on site unless circumstances dictate specialist or more accessible client provided access equipment has been authorised for use either verbally or in writing. Where a client supplies access equipment such as high ladders, high step ladders, loft ladders, scaffolding or other platform arrangements, it is assumed such equipment is fit for purpose and can be operated or used as designed/erected/installed with no risk to personnel or property. The client shall be liable for the safety and maintenance of their own provided access equipment, and for informing employees of Gifford’s Electrical Ltd. of any operational issues or limitations which may cause injury or damage if not adhered to.
Where access equipment has been set up on site, Gifford’s Electrical Ltd. does not authorise or allow any third party use. Any unauthorised operation, use, movement, alteration or interference with said equipment is at the individual’s own risk.
Removing power from an appliance, especially one that is near its end of life can sometimes result in it failing to switch back on or operate correctly afterwards. Gifford’s Electrical Ltd. will not be responsible for inconsequential loss or damage as a result of the incorrect operation of any appliance upon the restoration of power.
For businesses it is the clients responsibility to ensure all important or business-critical systems are operational following works and before trading begins.
Equipment assets belonging to Gifford’s Electrical Ltd. including (but not limited to) portable lighting and extension leads left on site for the benefit of third parties such as other trades are required to be returned complete, operational, intact and in no worse condition than when supplied. Missing or damaged items of equipment may be charged for.
Where practicable, it is recommended that any electrical work is booked for a time when other trades are not present in order to avoid logistical issues (site parking, suitable working room, reduction of trip hazards etc.), as well as issues surrounding our need to isolate power which may be required for tools or lighting others may be using. If we’re required to work on a project in conjunction with other trades of a client’s choosing such as a builder, plumber etc., it will be assumed the client has performed due diligence to ensure third party trades are properly insured and accredited and that they will conduct their work in a professional manner. If any other trade on site exhibits working practices which are considered to be dangerous, unprofessional or in any way unworkable or incompatible with the working standards of Gifford’s Electrical Ltd., the right is reserved to postpone or cancel in full any scope of works or booked job with charges levied for any time and materials supplied to date. Projects involving multiple days such as full building refurbishments and rewires where the planning is being overseen by a third party must nominate a project manager responsible for relaying up-to-date information on scheduling, delays and client expectations to Gifford’s Electrical Ltd. Where planning is lacking and results in missed deadlines or delays which risk affecting scheduling arrangements for other clients of Gifford’s Electrical Ltd., the right is reserved to postpone or cancel in full any scope of works or booked job with charges levied for any time and materials supplied to date.
No guarantee is given for the operation or longevity of smart-home solutions or their ongoing compatibility with third party equipment or services. It is expected that the manufacturer of any ‘smart’ technology will plan for a long product lifecycle and will keep any associated apps or services up-to-date, secure and operational. Besides the physical installation and electrical connections, ongoing technical support is not offered for any smart home equipment not supplied by Gifford’s Electrical Ltd.
Variations to the scope of works may be made at any time but may alter quoted/estimated pricing depending on the impact on time and materials.
Materials can be itemised on the invoicing so that you can keep track of the costs.
Working days are based on 7.5 hours which includes time for planning, packing/unpacking tools & materials and sourcing materials from suppliers when required.
Tradify App tracking is used to determine time on site for billing purposes.
Work booked outside of a OX postcode may attract additional travel time costs or have the travel time factored into the working day.
Estimates and quotes are based on calculated costs of known materials and the likely installation time. Invoice costs may vary from estimated pricing within reason or where there have been unforeseen circumstances outside of our control.
The physical installation on site may be undertaken by any one or more employees of Gifford’s Electrical Ltd. or an approved subcontractor on the appointed date(s) when work is booked.
Emergency work may consist of getting a site into safe temporary use, wholly or partially until a further appointment can be made.
Where security equipment such as CCTV and intruder alarms have been installed, Gifford’s Electrical Ltd. accepts no liability for loss, injury or damage resulting from the malfunction, failure or deliberate disarming of such equipment. Burglar alarms and CCTV assist in crime prevention and are installed only as a deterrent, not a failsafe.
Most works do not require a deposit upfront. Where a deposit is required this will be discussed and invoiced before work commences. Where materials have been delivered to site they may be invoiced for after delivery and before work commences. For larger projects, invoices may be issued for competed sections of work as the job progresses. Invoices are payable upon presentation. For multi-phased work with staged payments, start of the following phase cannot begin until the previous stage invoice has been paid in full. Stages may be defined by time periods, set pieces of work or any other definable options chosen at the discretion of Gifford’s Electrical Ltd. Work relating to invoices not settled in full within five days of issue forfeit the 24-month no-quibble guarantee and are only covered after payment in full by a 12-month materials-only guarantee. Your statutory rights are not affected. Payment is due upon satisfactory completion of a given scope of works. Payment in full of an invoice indicates your acceptance that the work has been completed to your satisfaction. Should you have any queries or concerns regarding the workmanship and/or materials used then please discuss the issue with me directly before settling any invoice. Certification for a set piece of electrical work will not be completed and passed on until confirmation is received that the work has been completed as requested and that no additional alterations are required. Supplied goods and materials remain the property of Gifford’s Electrical Ltd. until paid for in full. Gifford’s Electrical Ltd. reserves the right to refuse to undertake any future work for any client where a past invoice has not been settled in full and in a timely manner. Invoices can be settled by BACS (preferred), by cash by credit/debit card (When available). There are no discounts for cash and no surcharges for card payments. Invoices not settled within thirty days may be subject to additional interest charges or referred/sold to our debt recovery partner. Materials carry a mark-up of (generally) 20-30% to cover the sourcing time, transport costs, delivery and ongoing warranty support. Pricing on estimates or quotations are valid for thirty (30) days. Short notice, expedited or work outside of office hours may be charged at a higher rate as shown on the Pricing page of this website. Pricing where given includes VAT where applicable. VAT will not be reclaimable on invoices.
It may be necessary to split a job into staged visits, for example:
1. Decommissioning of existing electrics.
2. First fix (cabling in place before plastering/tiling).
3. Second fix (accessories fitted into final position after decorating).
Your scope of works will indicate whether staged visits are required. Where staged work is planned, you will be invoiced upon completion of each stage. Commencement of the next stage will be held until the previous stage invoicing has been paid for in full.
Work that is notifiable to Local Authority Building Control under Part-P of the Building Regulations will be processed on your behalf through my membership of NICEIC and you will be provided with all the relevant certification paperwork upon completion.*
Where work falls under the scope of BS7671, electrical certification will be provided upon completion.*
All supplied certification will satisfy Local Authority Building Control, your insurers, surveyors, estate/letting agents, solicitors, other electricians and any other interested parties now or in the future.
Certification and any other handover paperwork will be presented at the end of the project once you have accepted the work has been completed to your satisfaction and that no further alterations or additions are required as part of an itemised scope of works or job booking.
Certificates or reports may be rescinded and left invalid for insurance purposes if an invoice relating to the work they cover is not paid in full.
An administrative fee will be applied to each supplied certificate to cover the preparation and submission costs involved.
*Whoever performs your electrical work should furnish you with a signed electrical certificate and, if required, a Building Regulations Certificate of Compliance. These documents mean the installer accepts the legal liability for having performed the installation correctly. If you aren’t given the correct certification, you are legally liable for any incidents or accidents as a result of the work having been performed improperly.
Data Protection (EU GDPR regulations)
Gifford’s Electrical Ltd. holds information relating to client enquiries, planned work and work already undertaken both on internal servers and external databases. All stored information is encrypted. You may:
Request what information is specifically held about you
Request copies of data files stored about you
Request that all information is permanently deleted*
Gifford’s Electrical Ltd. will never:
Sell or release your information to any third parties without your explicit consent
Send you unsolicited marketing requests or calls
*For historical reasons, some data will be required to be retained such as invoices or certificates issued.
Gifford’s Electrical Ltd. does not hold any financial information for any clients. Invoice payments made by credit/debit card online are handled through PayPal’s secure gateway, while those made in person via a chip & pin reader are handled by SumUp. No card information is recorded or stored by Gifford’s Electrical Ltd. My full privacy and GDPR policy is available for you to review here.
Recycling and disposal
Gifford’s Electrical Ltd. are a licenced waste carrier, registration CBDL305676, and an Oxfordshire County Council commercial recycling permit holder. Recyclable materials from supplied goods such as carboard packaging and waste copper will be removed from site for environmentally sound disposal. Non-recyclable waste or any waste not licenced under the terms of the Waste Carrier Licence will be left on site for responsible disposal by the site contact / client appointing the work. My waste disposal policy can be viewed here.
You may cancel any job at any time. If work has already commenced then you will be invoiced for time and materials up to that point. If specialist fixtures, fittings or materials have been ordered in then their return may be subject to a restocking fee imposed on us by our suppliers. Goods already delivered to site remain the property of Gifford’s Electrical Ltd. and will need to either be returned complete in unopened and undamaged packaging or paid for in full. Design, surveying, inspection, testing or planning work, where already completed, may be charged for.
Workmanship and any non-consumable materials supplied by Gifford’s Electrical Ltd. are covered by a no quibble 24-month guarantee. This guarantee is not insurance backed but is provided as goodwill. Work notified through NICEIC is warrantied via their insurance backed Platinum Promise. More information can be found here.
Claims under any warranty or guarantee must be made immediately. Warranty/guarantee claims are dated from when the notification is received by Gifford’s Electrical Ltd. Where the warranty or guarantee has expired, claims cannot be backdated. That is to say, filing a warranty/guarantee claim two months after expiration but saying the problem occurred ‘three months ago’ will not be acceptable.
Non-payment in full of any invoice relating to a written scope of works or booked job will forfeit any warranty responsibility on behalf of Gifford’s Electrical Ltd.
Tamper seals, where fitted, will void the terms of the 24-month guarantee if found to be broken.
The 24-month guarantee does not cover wear & tear, accidental or malicious damage or consumable parts with the exception of long-life light bulbs such as LED or fluorescent technologies.
The 24-month guarantee is provided as goodwill and is not insurance backed.
Invoices not settled in full within five days of issue will forfeit the extended warranty leaving a materials-only guarantee valid for 12-months from the date of invoice. Your statutory rights are not affected.
Complaints and Alternative Dispute Resolution
In the unlikely event of you having a complaint regarding any aspect of the goods or services you have received form Gifford’s Electrical Ltd., please follow the complaints procedure listed here.
My refund policy can be viewed here.
These terms and conditions and any associated policies may be updated at any time and without notice unless the alteration specifically affects an already planned or quoted work in progress.