Its inevitable, winter is quickly approaching and before we know it the snow will be falling and the roads will become slippery. 2012 Winter Outlook predicts this winter to be colder and wetter than average.
Pete's Snow Removal, a local downriver outfit would like to give downriver a bit of knowledge in helping to battle mother nature this winter.
Snow Removal is a very tedious, and skillful procedure. It is not nearly as straightforward as one may think. Every year 100's of companies in the area contact both commercial and residential clients; both return customers as well as new prospects. The goal is to customers to sign a seasonal contract with their outfit for the upcoming winter season.
I am, the owner of Pete's Snow Removal based out of Grosse Ile, MI. At Pete's Snow Removal we have a fleet of equipment to be sure to get the job done right, as well as a timely manner.
Some Snow Removal contracts can leave both homeowners and business owners knee deep in snow until late in the afternoon! The soft economy has produced many new "businesses" in this industry. Many of these companies are a single individual, running inadequate equipment, unproper insurance, and unreliable service. Unfortunately, some of these indiduals do not understand the level of commitment and equipment it takes to fulfill a season long snow removal contract with a home or business owner that needs their pavement cleared by the time the sun comes up.
I would like to offer up some tips when searching for a snow removal company to take care of your services this upcoming winter:
- While word of mouth recomendations are an excellent source, do your own research finding out if that company meets your expecations. Don't take a neighbors opinion.
- Make sure that your contractor has substantial liability insurance. The norm is $500,000 +. It is acceptable to ask for a proof of insurance, make sure it is current.
- Does the contract state the operator will repair damage to lawns, sprinkler equipment, landscaping, etc.?
- Does the operator have the proper equipment to complete the job? Do they have a backup plan?
- Does the contract clearly list the cost for the season? Often times two styles are offered. A per push occurance where an individual will pay everytime the contractor performs its services. Also offered is a seasonal rate, which is a flat monthly fee to be paid no matter how many times the contractor services the property. Per push has its advantage in that you are getting what you are paying for, while a seasonal you will know your costs upfront.
- Does the contract state how much snow is needed before they will service the account? Additional costs for heavy snows? Some contractors double their rates for snowfalls above 6"
- Does the contract offer a window for the services to be completed after the conclusion of a snow fall?
It all comes down to dependability, will your driveway be cleared when you are trying to get to work in the morning, or will your parking lot be ready before customers arrive in the morning?
Individuals can set themselves up for a huge liability issue in not having these services done properly.