Terms and Conditions

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Terms and Conditions

For private, office and casual moves where price estimates are provided based on information provided by the customer. The man in a van hire Nelson reserves the right to alter prices as a result of Dimensions, weight or access conditions varying or not accurately declared at the time of quoting.

Additional charges may also be incurred for redirection, additional labour not requested, storage, waiting time and services not requested including consumables.

If Man in a van hire Nelson ascertain that goods are not safe to transport or insufficiently packaged and may cause potential damage to either the item being moved or other items including the vehicle, then we have the right to reject acceptance of the item/s.


To protect the safety of your move and any potential risks, certain items are NOT accepted for transport by Smart Express.

  1. No Pets and live animals
  2. No Flammable substances such as petrol/full LPG cylinders
  3. No Dangerous or Hazardous Goods including paint and automotive batteries
  4. No engines or unpackaged car parts
  5. No perishable or frozen food items
  6. No items that cannot be safely lifted/carried by two people

If In Doubt




Items carried by Man in A Van Hire Nelson is protected by Carriers Liability Insurance pursuant to the carriage of Goods Act 1979. This cover is free to our clients but has the following limitations and exclusions:

a)    Items not covered by insurance:

  • Electrical appliances and electronics if they fail to operate at new address.
  • Cracked or damage items, torn, scratched or dented items.
  • pot plants.
  • Items packed by clients.
  • Glass

b) Household and Office moves are not covered and are provided at Owners Risk. Customers have the option to obtain Transit cover with their existing Insurance providers. Man in a Van Hire Nelson can also arrange Transit Insurance through our own insurers upon request.

c) $1,500 including GST per item.

d) $100,000 including GST maximum per load.

e) $400.00 including GST excess per claim.

f) If damage or loss does occur, our insurer will manage claims accordingly. All claims will be forwarded onto our insurer’s office with applicable supporting documentation.

g) Any claim must strictly be lodged in writing within 24 hours of the occurrence of damage or loss. Claims submitted outside this time will not be accepted.

h) There is no liability for damage if the goods have pre-existing damage, inherent damage/vice or where the damage has resulted from insufficient packaging.

i) There will be no liability for damage to owner packed goods.

j) There will be no liability for third party damage – ie; in the event of an accident where the other party is found at fault, the carrier will not be liable for goods damage in transit. In this case the customer must claim directly off the insurance company of the other party.

k) In accordance with the Carriage of Goods Act, your claim will only be processed once complete payment of the move as been received and acknowledged.


a) Whilst our team of movers provide utmost care and attention to your house, office and property whilst carrying out your move there remains a risk of marking/ scuffs to door frames, internal walls and stairwells especially when handling larger furniture and white ware items. Whilst the risk is low, all work carried at either loading or unloading site will be carried out at “Owners Risk” as defined in the Carriage of Goods Act 1979 Section 8, subsection 1(a).

b) Particularly note that damage caused by vehicles to lawns, driveways, footpaths, underground pipes, cables, sewerage and other underground installations is not covered. Should our staff be instructed by the property occupier, move initiator, consignor, consignee or Shipper, or any person acting on their behalf to drive, park or manoeuvre vehicles in or near an area where such damage is likely to occur, compliance with such instructions will not in any way involve the Company or its Insurers in responsibility for any subsequent damage which may be sustained. Such responsibility will rest solely in the hands of the Owner, Consignor, Consignee, Shipper or initiator.

c) All work is carried out on a “best – effort” basis. Whilst we try our best to make it on time for every booking and delivery, we sometimes do inevitably incur delays outside our control. Man in a Van hire Nelson is not liable for personal or business losses arising from such delays either directly or indirectly.


a) All residential and non-credit account moves are strictly cash or cheque upon completion unless pre-arranged with management. With commercial office moves, we allow a maximum 3 business day account.

b) All Credit Card payments (Visa and MasterCard) will be charged a 3% fee to cover Mobile EFTPOS terminal fees and transaction fees.

In the rare and unlikely event of where a claim is required by the client, you can be assured that Man in a Van hire Nelson is fully covered with Carriers Liability Insurance pursuant to the carriage of Goods Act 1979.

We are covered by a major insurer in New Zealand specialising in insurance of the transportation of goods. This cover is free to our clients and the comprehensive policy has a $100,000 insurance cover for your move.


Carriage of Goods Insurance is for Transport Providers to provide customers a comprehensive “peace of mind” insurance cover. Please contact the Sales Team on 09 527 8132 for further information.


All Household and Office Removal shifts and movements, undertaken by Man in a Van hire Nelson, are carried out at Owners Risk due to the numerous exclusions under “Limited Carriers Risk” which all carriers and movers need to insure by. This means that Man in a van hire Nelson will not pay compensation if the goods are lost or damaged, unless we intentionally lose or damage them. Customers have the option to obtain Transit cover with their existing Insurance providers. Man in a van Hire Nelson can also arrange Transit Insurance through our own insurers upon request to ensure all household items are adequately insured in transit. Please contact us to discuss options available.

0800 843 626