Even though fall seems to be milder than normal this October, the earth’s curvature will continue shifting, and before you know it we’ll have snow. Snow removal and ice management may be far from your mind right, with the leaves only just starting to change and fall, but soon it will be cold. Remember last winter? We had several major snowstorms of more than two feet, more than 4 times, and that doesn’t include all of the other accumulation days over an inch. With school back in session full time, it is important to prepare for the worst winter will throw at us.
Schedule Commercial Snow Removal Now
You don’t want to have to hire a commercial snow management team at 5 am the morning of a storm or 10 pm the night before a storm. The fact is that leaving this sort of thing until the last minute will cause you nothing but problems. Either in the form of unclear parking lots and frozen walkways to your business or price gauging from local snow contractors. The point is to get established on a snow clearing schedule with your desired local team.
You should be looking for a few key items in any ice management or snow removal operation:
- The number of vehicles. If the team you hire has 3 trucks suitable for large areas and they operate around the county, you’ll be in trouble when a storm shows up.
- Commercial snow experience. Clearing large parking lots, walkways, and other commercial areas is a lot different than clearing a driveway. Does the contractor operate as a commercial-scale operation?
- Set path & schedule. If a snow removal team doesn’t operate in your area, or you are at the far end of their snow removal area, you’ll be last on the list and that means later snow clearing.
- Pricing is set or fluctuating. You never want to use a snow removal contractor whose pricing will change based on the severity of the storm. You may be shocked after a blizzard to find they’re asking for 5x more than they did the week before.
Keeping Your Businesses Doors Open Requires Planning
Just like creating and establishing your local business took proper planning and execution, so too does a commercial snow operation. Different companies will offer different services but you won’t always know what you need right off the bat. You should discuss your options with the team and ask how things will work on days of one inch or less and days of more than 3 inches.
- How long should you expect?
- How many trucks will you expect?
- Are there men with the trucks to clear pathways?
- What is included for a monthly fee?
- Do they offer one-off services?
- Are there any guarantees?
- What happens if you’re snowed in?
These are relatively straightforward questions to ask. If you can’t get a clear answer you should be looking elsewhere for your ice control services.
It shouldn’t be difficult to find a suitable team from your business. Consider your budget, the time you need to open, and years of experience in the company you’re considering.
Call us today and let’s discuss your business’s individual needs.