Whether you love or hate snow, the reality is that we have turned the corner into the fall and winter seasons. As the holidays get closer, our chances of getting hit with that first snowstorm of the year increase. If the thought of you or your clients tiptoeing across the icy parking lot makes you nervous, now is the time to figure out what you will do to keep your sidewalks, driveway and parking lot clear—and safe—for your clients and customers this winter.
Using a professional snow removal service will allow you to spend your time on what you do best—running your business. It will also ensure that your property is maintained in an efficient manner so that your clients and customers will be able to conduct their business with you unhindered. When choosing a company to take care of your snow removal needs, consider the following pointers.
Make sure the company has the right variety of equipment to get the job done. Of course, the equipment you’ll need depends upon the size of the parking lot, roads and sidewalks on your property. Single-axle trucks, tandem-axle trucks, 4X4 pickup trucks, one-ton dump trucks, front loaders, road graders, bobcats, skid steers, tractors with power brooms and backhoes with snow pushers are all commonly used for snow removal. Most likely you won’t need all of these, but ask the company you are thinking of using for snow removal to assess your situation and see what type of equipment they have for handling the job. Find out how much they charge and how they charge—by the visit, the month or perhaps the season.
Check out also what their clearing procedures are. For example, if there is a heavy, continuous snow, will the company come out multiple times during that storm or just once? Does the snow have to be a certain depth before they come out? Are you responsible to call them or will they just show up? Also, check to see if they use any chemicals. Be sure to alert them to any areas you may not want chemicals used, such as close to sensitive plants. Be sure you understand the procedures in advance, especially if you are signing a snow removal contract.
Some snow removal services also offer priority service. You may want to look into this, especially if you are in the health care field or other business that people will need to access in an emergency.
Finally, check their references. Word of mouth is often the best indicator to find a reliable company. Doing your homework now will ensure that when the snow starts flying and the ice coats the sidewalks, you and your business will continue along with as few slippery interruptions as possible.