With the winter fast approaching, many property managers are starting their bidding process for a commercial snow contractor at their facility. This is a huge undertaking for the facility manager as snow and ice management is a service that requires strong attention to detail, reliable contractors, and a safe operation – any stray from this and a property manager could be facing huge liabilities and very unhappy tenants and/or employees at the onset of the first snow event.
It’s always best to be prepared for such events before the season strikes. If you own a commercial property, make sure you have your snow and ice removal contractors hired before winter. You still have time. September 23rd marked the beginning of Fall. You still have one season full season to go, but don’t forget we got snow in October last year. Don’t put it on the backburner!
When choosing a snow removal contractor, here are four traits to look for:
The power of a good old-fashioned phone call does wonders and is critical to keep the customer informed through the process.
As the old saying goes, there’s more than one way to skin a cat. Snow plowing is the same, especially on a large commercial property. There are so many tools you can use – from a simple shovel to a skid steer.
Many people make the mistake of looking at price instead of productivity. It could take a guy with a small UTV 5 hours to plow the same area that a larger, more efficient piece of equipment could plow in 1 hour. So if a contractor is charging $100 an hour for the UTV and another charges $400 an hour for a large plow, the large plow is actually the better choice because it’s more efficient.
Since most snow falls in the evening and is cleared in the wee hours of the morning, timeliness is important. Businesses rely on snow removal contractors to have their lots clear of snow and ice in time for their business to open. Residential customers expect to be able to get out of their driveway in the morning for work.
Attention to detail is vital to satisfying your customers. You need to constantly think about logistics – where’s the best place to push the snow? How can we minimize disruption and keep key driving lanes clear? How can we ensure we don’t damage a homeowner’s property? How can we keep ice from building up on a property.