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Terms Of Business


Unit 7a Ringwood Trading Estate, 

Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hampshire, United Kingdom, BH24 3BB 

Company Number: 11755250 

VAT Registration No.: 336855080 

Search Builders Limited 



Terms and Conditions 

  1. Search Builders Limited Trading as Total Driveways of Unit 7a Ringwood Trading Estate, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hampshire, United Kingdom, BH24 3BB (“we”, “us”, “our”) will carry out the works specified in this agreement (the “Work” or “Works”) for you at the Premises (set out on the front page or otherwise agreed) in accordance with the terms set out in this agreement (front page, these terms and conditions and any Specification of Works signed by you and us). 2. We will: 

(a) Use good quality materials; 

(b) Supply materials in accordance with the descriptions set out in the Specification of Works. Please note, however, that slight variations in colour, shade, texture and consistency may occur and we do not accept

responsibility for such variations which may be caused, for example, in the manufacture, storage or usage of concrete products. Natural aggregates, paving stones, natural stone and stone may contain small amounts 

of metals which can produce rust staining when exposed to air and water. The presence of metals in natural aggregates, paving stones, natural stone and stone cannot be identified before use and neither we or our 

suppliers accept responsibility for any rust staining. Nor can we accept responsibility for the temporary phenomenon of efflorescence which can be seen in all products with high cement or resin content. Finally, as 

some of our products involve the laying or installation of natural products by hand, on rare occasions, small marks can be made during the installation process and we cannot accept responsibility for such marks; 

(c) Use every possible care to minimise the disturbance caused by our employees, contractors, vehicles, plant and equipment when preparing the Premises for the Work, when carrying out the Work and when vacating 

the Premises after completion of the Work. You accept, however, that there will be some disturbance to the Premises, the areas surrounding the Premises and the access routes to the Premises; 

(d) Carry out the Work in accordance with your reasonable instructions, as long as these are consistent with the terms of this agreement and, in particular, the Specification of Works; 

(e) Continually improve our products, materials and methods and may vary the specification from time to time to reflect such improvements or to meet any changes in legal, safety or regulatory standards or requirements 

provided that such variations do not significantly affect the performance or appearance of the work specified; (f) Provide a Total Price as set out on the front of this agreement or in accordance with Clause 5 of this agreement. 3. You will: 

(a) Pay the deposit to us on the signature of this agreement, 50% of the balance is payable to us on completion of the groundwork and the balance of 50% is payable to us on completion of the Works (unless 

otherwise specified on the front page of this agreement). We schedule the Work following receipt of the deposit by us. You should pay each payment to us on time as well as any charges that may apply under 

Paragraph 4. Our representatives accept payment by bank transfer.

(b) If a payment is late, pay daily interest on any sum owed by you to us at the rate of 9% above the base rate for Bank of England from time to time. In addition, we may also charge you our reasonable administration 

costs (such as solicitor or debt collection agency fees) as compensation for breaking the terms of this agreement; 

(c) Pay us any applicable VAT, charged at the rate applicable on the date of our invoice; 

(d) Obtain any permission that is necessary for the Works, for example, from a landlord, lessor, neighbour, local authority or any other governmental department or agency; 

(e) Provide us with access to the Premises as reasonably required to carry out the Work or where required any correction or repair of the Work; 

(f) Take responsibility for the aftercare of the Works carried out at the Premises once installation is complete, including curing times for material used; and 

(g) Whilst we will attempt to carry out a sand sweep at the Premises for block paving Works at the Premises, if we are unable to do so for any reason it is your responsibility to carry out a sand sweep of the Premises. 

We will notify you if this is the case and where applicable we will provide you with instructions; 

(h) Permit us to display a sign, notice or advertisement which can be seen from outside the Premises giving our name and contact details; 

(i) Permit us to take photographs or moving images of the Works for use in our portfolio of works carried out, for marketing purposes and/ or promotional purposes provided that such images obscure all personal 

information and / or car registration numbers. 

  1. The cost of the Works is set out in this agreement and is based on the presumption that excavation will be normal sub-soil and that no hidden obstacles will be encountered during any part of the Works. We reserve 

the right to make additional charges that are reasonable for any additional work resulting from unforeseen circumstances including, but not limited to, rock, running sand, unstable ground, insufficient foundation or other 

weaknesses resulting in the collapse of, or damage to, party walls and other similar structures, excess water, any pipes or conduits (not previously advised to us) used for the carrying of water, gas, electricity, communication,

telephone, internet, drainage or other similar services. We will advise you of the nature of the obstacle requiring additional work, if these are discovered, as well as the likely charge in respect of such additional work. If 

additional charges are more than 40% of the sum agreed between us for the Works, you will have the right to cancel this agreement provided that you pay us for: (a) Works performed up to that point; (b) reinstatement 

of any Works; and, (c) any third-party costs for which we are liable. If you ask us to carry out additional work beyond the scope of this agreement, for example (and without limitation), additional square meterage, steps, 

walls or other additional works we will agree a price with you for that additional work. You accept that it will not always be possible to change the agreement to reflect this additional work and confirm to us that if we 

carry out the additional work you will pay us the additional amount agreed between us on the terms and conditions set out in this agreement. 

  1. The Total Cost of goods and services payable by you is set out on the front page of this agreement and this is the price 

payable by you. Where price cannot be reasonably calculated in advance and is not set out in the 

Total Cost of goods and services the price will be calculated by reference to the cost of material per square metre. Where measurements provided by you, or on your behalf are inaccurate, we reserve the right to charge 

the full price for the correct measurements. You accept that measurements for Works which include walls, are taken from the footing of the wall and not from the bottom of the wall. 

  1. We will reasonably endeavour to commence Work on the Estimated Installation Date specified in this agreement or otherwise notified to, or agreed with, you. Time shall not be of the essence. We will not be responsible 

for any delays in the commencement of Works or for any failure to carry out the Work caused by circumstances beyond our control as set out at clause 8. We will contact you to let you know the day on which we intend 

to start the Work. Where possible, we will delay the start of Works on your reasonable request but provided that such delay is for no longer than 14 days and any request to delay Works will be subject to our availability 

to reschedule at the time of your request. 

  1. We will reasonably endeavour to carry out the Work within the timescales specified in this agreement but any such timescales shall be estimates only. If the deposit is not paid, we

reserve the right not to schedule the 

start of the Works until that deposit is paid. If 50% of the balance is not paid on completion of the groundwork, we reserve the right not to continue with the works until we receive this payment. 

  1. Circumstances beyond our control include, without limitation, strikes or other industrial disputes, adverse weather conditions, inclement, failure of utilities or transport networks, acts of God, civil commotion, accidents, 

breakdown of plant or machinery, additional requests by you, unreasonable site conditions, or default of, or late delivery by, suppliers or subcontractors. 

  1. We will not be liable for any failure to carry out the Works or losses arising from this failure if the delay or non-performance is caused by a breach of your obligations. Title to any goods supplied as part of these terms and 

conditions will not pass until we have received full payment in cleared funds for the goods. We have the right to remove those goods if we are not paid, and we have your permission to enter without force those parts of 

the Premises that are accessible to remove our goods. 

  1. We will not be liable for any damage to Works or materials where that damage results from (a) algae (b) the use of chemicals, bleaches or contaminants by you (c) damage, neglect, negligence, misuse, alteration or 

staining; (d) movement, expansion or contraction of subsoil; (e) deterioration caused by temperature, weather, water, water content, tree roots or other natural occurrence; (f) repair or rectification of any alleged defect 

by anyone not authorised by or affiliated with us; (g) a failure to follow our instructions for the care of the Works and materials; (h) any use that is not reasonable or consistent with the purpose of the Works; (i) wear 

and tear; (j) a failure to follow manufacturers recommendations for the care of the Works and materials; (k) any use that is not reasonable or consistent with the materials selected for the Specification of Work because 

of a failure to notify us of unusual usage for the Works or the use of the Premises for commercial purposes or heavy loads; (l) weed and moss growth that can occur between paving blocks as, for example, airborne seeds 

settle into the sand and we are not responsible for such growth. Furthermore we cannot be held responsible for damage caused to 

any existing utility services, pipes and cables that have been not been installed correctly and to the compliant building regulation depths.

  2. a) You have the right to cancel this agreement within 14 days of the date set out on the front page, as this is the date on which you received a copy of this agreement. You can cancel the agreement by sending a 

clear written notice of cancellation addressed to Client Support, Search Builders Ltd T/A Total Driveways Unit 7a Ringwood Trading Estate, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hampshire, United Kingdom, BH24 3BB, IG10 3TQ or by e-mail on 

You may use the cancellation notice set out below for this notice, but it is not obligatory. We will identify the contract from your name and address, so we do not need any other reference number or code. Your 

notice is deemed to be served as soon as it is posted or in the case of emails on the day it is sent. Sometimes, however, written notices may be lost or delayed in the postal system and you may therefore need to 

prove that the notice was properly addressed, stamped and placed in the post. We therefore recommend that you send the notice by recorded delivery or other similar delivery so that, if we reasonably request, 

you may easily prove that the notice was properly addressed, stamped and placed in the post. Similarly, emails may not reach their destination and you may therefore need to prove that the email was properly 

addressed and sent. We therefore recommend that you select options for delivery and read receipts before sending. 

  1. b) If you exercise your right to cancel this agreement within the 14-day cooling off period we will reimburse you all payments received from you. 
  2. c) If you requested for Works to begin during the 14-day cancellation period, but decided to cancel the agreement within the 14-day cooling off period, you will pay to us an amount which is in proportion to the 

Works carried out up until the date on which you communicated to us your cancellation of this agreement. We will be entitled to set off this amount against any deposit or other payments made by you to us. 

  1. d) Please note that we contractually commit to the supply of materials and subcontractors soon after we enter this agreement. If you cancel after the 14-day cancellation period but the installation date is more than 

14 days from the date of receipt of your notice, then you will need to pay to us our reasonable costs, losses and expenses less any deposit paid. If the installation date is 14 days or less from the date of receipt of 

your notice then we will charge you 100% of the Total Cost set out on the front page of this agreement or, if the price is not set out on the front page of this agreement, the price calculated in accordance with

Clause 5 above (but if a supplier agrees to waive an entitlement to full payment we will at our discretion reduce the amount that you need to pay to us). 

  1. We have the right to cancel this agreement if, in the opinion of our surveyor, the Work cannot be satisfactorily carried out. We will arrange for any relevant surveys to be carried out without delay and notify you of the 

results as soon as possible after we receive the report. We may also cancel this agreement on giving notice to you at least 7 days before the Works are due to start. If the Work has to be cancelled for such reasons, we will 

refund to you the deposit paid by you. No interest will be payable on any refunds. 

  1. If we fail to comply with any provisions of this agreement: 

(a) We will only be responsible for any losses suffered by you which were a foreseeable consequence of our failure to comply with the relevant provisions of this agreement; 

(b) We will not be responsible for any: 

  1. loss of income; 
  2. loss of anticipated savings; 

iii. any waste of time; or 

  1. any increase in loss or damage resulting from a breach by you of any of the 

provisions of this agreement. (c) We are not, in this Paragraph 13, limiting in any way our liability for: 

  1. death or injury caused by our negligence or the negligence of any contractor or sub-contractor; 2. fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation; 

iii. any breach of any obligations implied by relevant statutes and law. 

  1. If any court or competent authority decides that any of the provisions in this agreement are invalid, unlawful or unenforceable to any extent, that provision will to that extent only, be severed from the remaining terms 

which will continue to be valid to the fullest extent permitted by law. 

  1. This agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the parties and supersedes and extinguishes all previous agreements, promises, assurances, warranties, representations and understandings between them,

whether written or oral, relating to its subject matter. 

  1. Each party agrees that it shall have no remedies in respect of any statement, representation, assurance or warranty that is not set out in this agreement. Each party agrees that it shall have no claim that a statement in 

this agreement is a misrepresentation or misstatement. 

  1. If we fail, at any time whilst this agreement is in force, to insist that you perform any of your obligations under this agreement, or if we do not exercise any of our rights or remedies under this agreement, that will not mean 

that we have waived such rights or remedies and will not mean that you do not have to comply with those obligations. If we waive a default by you, that will not mean that we will automatically waive any subsequent 

default by you. No waiver by us of any of the provisions of this agreement shall be effective unless we expressly say that it is a waiver and we tell you so in writing. 

  1. A person who is not a party to this agreement will not have any rights under or in connection with this agreement under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999. 
  2. This agreement will be governed by English law and we both agree to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts. GUARANTEE 

Provided that you comply with your obligations as set out in clauses 3(a), 3(c), 3(f) and 3(g) and the conditions of this guarantee we warrant that if there is a material defect in materials or Works supplied by us under the 

terms of our agreement we will repair or replace, in our absolute discretion, materially defective materials supplied and installed by 

us where such defect does not result from the circumstances set out in clause 10 or other provision of this agreement: 

(a) for a period of 10 years, where those materials are resin bound surfacing, block paving, or porcelain where such products are made or branded by Ronacrete or Brett. This guarantee is the manufacturers guarantee and to 

have the benefit of this guarantee, in accordance with the terms of the manufacturer’s guarantee, you must register your guarantee with Ronacrete or Brett in accordance with the instructions that we give you; 

(b) for a period of 5 years, where those materials are resin bound surfacing, block paving, clay pavers, natural stone or porcelain where such products are not made or branded by Ronacrete or Brett;

(c) for a period for 5 years, any material defect in the Works; and, 

(d) for a period of 12 months, where those materials are artificial grass, fence panels, walls, fencing, concrete, pointing, masonry, bricks or similar materials. 

You must notify us of any defects that you wish us to consider under this Guarantee: (a) in writing; (b) within 7 days of becoming aware of the defect that you wish us to consider under this Guarantee; (c) setting out as much 

details of the defect as possible including the date on which the defect was noted, photographs of the defect and description of the defect. 

We do not guarantee that any repair or replacement of materials to which this Guarantee applies will be the same colour, pattern and finish to those originally supplied. Where the same colour, pattern and finish cannot 

reasonably obtained we will not replace parts of the Work that have not been damaged. We do not take responsibility for variations in colour in any cases where cracks in resin are repaired. 

Our Guarantee is limited to the price paid by you for the Works. If the price to repair or replace is more than the price that you paid, you will pay the difference to us before we commence any repair or replacement. This 

Guarantee is only available to you and is not transferable to any third party if you leave or vacate the Premises. This Guarantee does not affect your rights under the law. 

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If you wish to cancel the contract you MUST DO SO IN WRITING and deliver personally or send this to the person named below. You may use this form if you want to but you do not have to complete, detach and 

return this form ONLY IF YOU WISH TO CANCEL THE AGREEMENT. You may want to read Clause 11 for further details. 

Acceptance of our Terms and Conditions 

  1. A) Payment of a deposit to ourselves accepts our T & C ‘S and enters yourselves into a legally binding

Failure to Pay your Final Balance when asked

  1. A) Failure to pay your final balance when asked and we have agreed in person works are completed with your selves will result in immediate cancellation of your 5,7, or 10 year guarantee. This will not be N.B there will be a 72 hour grace period from the date of email sent / received.