If you own a business, you need a snow plowing contractor.
The weather is unpredictable. It could snow a lot more than predicted, or a storm that was supposed to be rain could suddenly turn to snow. You need a reliable, dependable snow plowing contractor on your side so you’re not at the mercy of snow clouds and prevailing winds.
Here are a few things to look for when you’re shopping for a snow plowing contractor:
1. Proven Ability — You want a company that’s been in business for at least a few years, and whose owner is from the area. Otherwise, you risk relying on a team that may not understand important basics, like how many employees they need, how much equipment must be kept on hand and how long it takes to do the job.
Mistakes in these areas can result in costly delays and subpar service.
2. Reliability — If you contact a snow removal contractor to inquire about pricing and you don’t get an answer quickly, look elsewhere.
Snow removal contractors should have a live answering service working the phones 24 hours a day. Messages piling up on a machine when snow is piling up in the streets in unacceptable.
And if they don’t call you back right away, what will happen later, when you call to find out where your snowplow is?
3. Price — Cost is always important when you’re making a purchase. A weather event that affects everyone in your immediate area can lead to flaring tempers and rising emotions over when and how the work is done, although this is less likely in an area used to seeing snow.
The Washington Post recently reported that D.C. spent $40 million clearing snow from one storm last year — more than six times the average cost of $6.3 million for an entire winter’s service. In the mayor’s bungled attempt to clear D.C.’s streets quickly, she hired many more snow plowing contractors than she needed at the last minute, some for more than twice what others were paid.
As a business owner, you must plan ahead and stifle the urge to panic if a big storm hits on the day you’re having a major sale. Negotiate a snow plowing contract with a reputable company ahead of time, and you’ll rest easy knowing the work will be done.
Check out these other tips from a snow plowing contractor in Canada, a place that gets even more snow than Utah!
Earthworks Landscaping is a snow plowing contractor with many years of experience and hundreds of clients throughout northern Utah. Call us today about a snow plowing contract, and take the worry out of the next weather forecast.