Keeping your business open, safe and fully operational during a snow or ice event is of critical importance.
Handling snow and ice commercially is not as simple as applying salt on walkways, though. There’s quite a bit involved with creating a snow and ice relief plan that fits your property’s needs and budget. That’s why you need to make a wise decision when choosing a snow service provider.
Here are some important factors to consider:
- Is the vendor insured? It’s always a good idea to request proof of insurance.
- Are they properly equipped to handle the job?
- Do they communicate effectively with you?
After you’ve selected a service provider, it’s important to meet with them and develop a snow plan for your property. Determine what areas are top priority for your property, as well as what times of day your property needs to be cleared. This can be different based on the needs and kind of work conducted on your property.
Here are some additional tips to consider:
- Where will the snow be piled or staged?
- Are there plans to reduce salt over shot by spreaders?
- What deicer is being used on high traffic sidewalks
- What does the building entry have to control tracking of the material?
Choosing the wrong contractor can expose you to many “hidden costs” that you weren’t prepared for such as:
- Damage to parking lot and sidewalk from improper blades & equipment.
- What does your contract say about who is responsible for repair
- Damage to parking lot and sidewalks from using harsh chemicals
Keep some of these tips in mind when you hire your snow service provider for your next snow removal job.