Conditions of Business

To Obtain an Estimate
In the first instance we ask clients to provide us with images and a summary of the work required to their property and any other relevant information such as materials involved, significant provenance and insurance value. This can be achieved by emailing info@delprete.co.uk. We ask that the images comprise overall shots of the property and detail images of all damaged areas requiring restoration. We will if possible provide a guideline estimate based on images. The guideline will estimate will be confirmed following actual inspection of the property on our premises. At this point we will send a formal quotation by email itemising the work to be carried out. Please see 'Carriage' for information regarding deliveries and collections.
In the event that we feel unable to provide guideline estimates on the basis of digital images, we will ask to defer until receiving the property on our premises. Under special circumstances we can arrange on site visits in order to provide formal quotations. This fee for this service is based on and hourly rate and travel time.

Any estimate of cost is preliminary only, and is exclusive of VAT, collection and delivery charges. The actual cost may be higher or lower or than the estimate, as unforeseen requirements may become apparent during the course of specific work being carried out. Any additional work which may be deemed necessary by Savino Del Prete Ltd. will be discussed and agreed with our clients prior any amendments to our estimates. Following agreement of revised estimates Savino Del Prete Ltd. will forward the amended quotes to the respective client for review and confirmation. Please note that completion dates are be given as a guide only and are subject to change. We endeavour to notify our clients at the earliest opportunity of any change to expected completion of work.

Payment

You agree that, prior to the delivery of the property to us, you will pay us a deposit equal to 50% of the total estimated cost which includes VAT, collection and delivery charges. You agree to pay the balance of the charges shown on the final invoice upon completion of the work. Interest is charged at 3% above the base rate of Barclay’s Bank PLC is accrued on all unpaid invoices. In addition insurance and storage costs at commercial rates with be applied 30 days after the invoice issue date if payment has not been made. Unless otherwise agreed with you in writing, property will not be released to our clients until all fees owing to Savino Del Prete Ltd. have been paid. If any charges due to us remain unpaid 12 months from the issue of the relevant invoice, we may, upon giving 3 months notice, sell the property at auction or by private treaty in order to recover outstanding costs.

Insurance

Subject to the usual exclusions (including without limitation, wear and tear, gradual deterioration, inherent vice, rust or oxidation), we will insure property consigned to us for restoration purposes against the risk of fire, falling aircraft, earthquakes, explosion, riot, malicious damage, storm, flood, burst pipes, impact, theft and accidental damage, with effect from receipt of such property by us, for the agreed insurance value of that property up to a maximum limit of £25,000 per item. Individual items with an insurance value in excess of £25,000 may be covered by Savino Del Prete Ltd. by special arrangements with our insurers. The extra cost associated with this will be added onto to a client's final invoice.

You must notify us at the earliest upon personal delivery by you of the property to our premises, if you wish your own insurers to cover the property while with us, with any sub-contractor, or in transit.

Consignment Agreement
Prior to receiving property on our premises we will issue a 'Consignment Agreement' stating the agreed insurance value of each item of property intended to be delivered to Savino Del Prete Ltd., Unit 3, 3 Advance Road, London SE27 9LT. We require this document to be signed and returned to us before delivery.

Storage Charges

Will be levied on items as discussed in the section titled 'Payment'.

No Warranty

You acknowledge that conservation / restoration of antiques or decorative art involves risk to the property. We make no express or implied representation or warranty whatsoever, nor do we give any guarantee, with respect to our services, those of any sub-contractor, or the property, including without limitation whether the work be performed by us or by any sub-contractor will protect the property from deterioration, or will preserve, or will not otherwise effect its value. No such statement by us whether oral or written, shall be deemed such a representations, warranty or guarantee.

Ownership

You represent and warrant to us that you are the sole owner of the property and have the unqualified right to have that property conserved/restored by us.

Governing Law Disputes

This agreement shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of England and Wales, and you agree that it shall bind you, your heirs, executors and assigns. You agree that any dispute concerning or arising out of this agreement shall be governed by English law. Savino Del Prete Ltd hereby submits to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts and you hereby irrevocably submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

Confidentiality
We will ensure that all our communications and data processing are undertaken with utmost regard for our client's confidentiality.  Please refer to our Privacy Policy for further information relating to data protection.