Are you looking to hire a snow removal company for your residential or commercial property this winter? You don’t want to choose a snow removal contractor based on where their ads were placed on google.
Here are several things you should consider before making the switch.
Proper Snow Removal Equipment
Snow removal equipment should consist of more than a pickup with a plow, especially for commercial snow removal services. Snow fall is unpredictable and varies from one year to the next, this can make it difficult for companies to take on the expense of running the proper equipment.
We use a variety of equipment to keep our clients properties clear of snow. We have a fleet of trucks and drivers equipped with proper equipement and the know how to effienctly clear your property.
Our equipment follows rigorous maintenance schedule to minimize the chance of a breakdown during the busiest times. So we will be there when you need us the most.
Don’t Fall For Low Pricing
One of the tactics often used by snow removal companies looking for work is to offer low pricing, compared to competitors. This often leaves the door wide open for charging the client extra for additional work or time to clear the unpredicable amount of snow that may fall. If you’re hiring a snow removal company based on their pricing and pricing alone, you may find yourself in a bind in the middle of winter, when all of the other companies are too busy to take you on.
While price is important, you should look the companies capabilities, responsiveness, and ability to stay-on-top of your snow removal needs so you’re not left hanging or scrambling to find a replacement service.
Clear Contracts & Scope Of Work
What one company might consider “snow removal” might be different from what another company might consider snow removal. It’s important to be very clear on the scope of work you need to have completed on your property when the snow falls. A good contract and scope of work from a snow removal company will outline exactly what the service entails and when it will be delivered.
A good snow removal scope of work might include:
- How much accumulated snow will trigger service
- How long after the snow stops falling will service start
- Where will the snow be piled or will it be removed from site?
- The specific type of equipment that will be used on your property
- Whether or not you are receiving snow and ice removal on sidewalks or walkways
A thorough and detailed scope of work will help you plan your winter snow removal services and also make communication between yourself and your snow removal contractor clear and succinct. It’s either covered in the scope of work or it isn’t. If you need additional services not covered in the scope of work or you have particular needs that may differ for your property it’s important to discuss these with your snow removal contractor and have them write them into the scope of work.
Snow Removal Insurance Coverage
Plowing and removing snow from a commercial property carries risks. It’s important to mitigate those risks by ensuring your snow removal company has proper insurance to work on your property. Because of the cost of insurance there are many smaller companies who may not want to purchase a high level of coverage, instead they rely on “hope”, hoping nothing goes wrong and they won’t need it. You should have a copy of your snow removal companies certificate of insurance so you have proof they have adequate coverage.