Hiring a Snow Removal Service
Winter is just around the corner and before you know it, the landscape will be covered in snow. While the snow may add beauty to your business’s exterior, it also increases the risk of accidents on your property. Hiring a professional snow removal company can make all the difference in keeping your employees and clients safe on your property.
Here are a few reasons why you should hire a professional snow removal company rather than attempt this on your own.
- Pros Have the Right Tools: Clearing all your walkways and parking areas with a snow shovel can be almost impossible. Experienced snow removal teams know how to get rid of ice and snow quickly, so your employees and customers can enter your business safely as soon as you’re open for the day. This is even more vital for hospitals and other 24/7 facilities.
- Better for Your Property: When you let an untrained person clear your property, you run the risk of accidental damage to the landscaping, your building’s exterior, and even the asphalt on your parking lot. Experienced pros are careful to maneuver around your property, keeping their equipment away from easily damaged landscaping and siding material. Furthermore, they know exactly how to scrape at ice without doing long-term damage to your pavement, reducing the risk of potholes down the road.
- They’ll be There Before You Are: If you handle your own snow removal, you’ll need to get to your building hours before you open for business. Rather than braving the slick conditions while snowplows are clearing the roads, let a professional snow removal company used to working in volatile conditions handle the job. They’ll have your space cleared before you and your team arrive to start the day.
- Pros Invest in Technology: You will find comfort in working with a innovative snow removal company that uses technology for your benefit. Keep track of progress and learn more of your property’s conditions, without even having to leave the comfort of your home.
Snow removal companies generally have the biggest and the best in regards to snow removal equipment. Along with a variety of trucks with plows, snow blowers, and workers with shovels they also have access to bigger and more heavy-duty equipment when needed. This equipment can range from a Bobcat to a dump truck and everything in between but when you can’t get yourself out, rest assured that they will be able to.
Most snow disposal companies work on either a contract basis or a one-off style system. Having a removal company under contract for the entire winter can prove to be not only a smart move on your part but a financially sound move as well.
If you call every time you get snowed in and you have to pay the one-off way this will, of course, cost you a bit more. While this is alright if you only use the service once or twice, it will end up costing you much more in the end if the winter weather is busy.
Not only this but when you are calling on the spot, so too are many others and some snow removal companies have to go on a first come first served basis. However, they will always take care of their customers who are under contract first and foremost. This gives you the upper hand when your business needs to be up and running, or when you have tenants venturing out early in the morning. It also means less stress dealing with upset customers or tenants and less liability from those who could potentially slip or fall on snow or ice-covered sidewalks or parking lots.
If you do make the decision to hire a snow removal company, make sure that company is licensed and insured. We hear horror stories all the time about fly-by-night companies or property managers who hired the ‘guy down the street’ with his make-shift snow plow, only to be left with property damage. You can probably guess who gets left footing the bill for that.