HICS offers an extensive range of protection and dispute resolution services to ensure consumers are protected. From the moment a consumer signs a contract/order, until the end of their guarantee period, they are covered by HICS and receive the following protection: FREE deposit protection (up to 25% of the contract value), FREE insurance to underwrite suppliers guarantees, FREE access to a comprehensive dispute resolution service including FREE mediation, FREE independent inspections at HICS discretion and a FREE independent Ombudsman service.
You may be asked to pay a deposit when you place an order for kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms and other associated products. This is normal practice for most companies as this helps safeguard them against manufacturing products they probably will not be able to use elsewhere should the customer cancel the order.
All customers of HICS members receive Deposit Protection Insurance ensuring all deposits are protected (up to 25% of the contract/order value).
Each Member’s Guarantee may vary a little. Nothing in the guarantee restricts or affects any statutory rights. It will cover all the main components of the product/installation including the quality of workmanship.
All members of HICS will provide comprehensive written guarantees on all products provided.
An Insurance Backed Guarantee (IBG) is an insurance policy that covers the original guarantee provided by the supplier. It comes into effect if you make a claim on the suppliers guarantee and the supplier is no longer trading and therefore not in a position to honour the guarantee.
Every consumer using a HICS member receives an Insurance Backed Guarantee.
HICS has a comprehensive and impartial, three stage dispute resolution service. HICS’ process includes:
HICS’ dispute resolution services are free of charge to consumers.
HICS aims to ensure robust standards of best practice and consumer protection. HICS members must comply with all relevant laws, codes and regulations in the running of their businesses. This is all above, and in addition to, normal legal safeguards.