It’s hot and it’s humid. Now that summer’s in full swing, winter is probably the last thing on your mind. But the snow will return and when it does your business needs to be prepared. Hiring a commercial snow removal company now, in summer, comes with several key advantages.
When there’s snow on the ground, it’s difficult to get an accurate sense of what areas of your commercial property will need snow and or ice removal treatment. When it’s warm and pleasant outside, a snow removal contractor can take his time and properly assess the grounds. It’s also easier to identify any potential high-risk areas, as well as, foot traffic and parking patterns. Failing to accurately identify these points could result in legal action against your business come winter if a slip and fall accident occurs on the property. Play it safe and do your inspection in summer.
Waiting until winter, or even fall, to lock in a snow removal service won’t leave you a lot of time for comparison shopping. Starting your search in summer allows you to carefully research the services in your area and figure out which ones are a good option. You can compare reviews, prices, and scale between companies. This last factor is especially important for large commercial businesses which need to know that a contractor has the tools and manpower to properly maintain their space throughout the winter. Keep an eye out for certified snow removal companies, which are strongly recommended by industry professionals.
Securing Equipment and Resources
Salt shortages are common, even at the municipal level. This is usually due to a lack of preparation and or a miscalculation of resources needed. Booking your snow removal contractor well in advance is one of the best ways to ensure that your business gets the truck, skid-steer loaders, and shovel service it needs to successfully make it through the winter. Likewise, securing your snow removal service in summer also gives you time to do your research and find out whether or not the contractor you want has a history of being able to deliver. Make sure to get any service guarantees in writing.
Having a Plan of Attack
With winter comes snow. However, answering the question of when and how much you’re going to get is nearly impossible until the actual event. Having a comprehensive snow and ice removal strategy allows you to prepare for any number of scenarios. You’ll know what preventative measures you need to take for your commercial property, what, if any, potential property liability issues may arise and even the amount of resources and equipment a contractor will need to have to manage your property. In addition, you’ll know how much to budget to accommodate all of these tasks.
Getting on the List
All of the time and energy you invest in finding a snow removal service is for naught if they can’t actually fit you into their schedule. There are only so many hours in a day to remove snow and the best companies tend to have a tight schedule filled with repeat clients. A top contractor may only have a relatively small number of availabilities for new clients. The sooner you reach out to the desired contractor, the better your chances are of actually getting on their list. Summer is an excellent time to do this.
Winter may seem far away, but it and the snow will return, and sooner than you think. Preparing for this eventuality in summer gives you one less thing to worry about and provides your and your commercial property with a big advantage once the snow returns, even if the worst hits.
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