Winter is approaching, which means snow will be in the forecast soon—but it doesn’t have to stay on your property. This blog breaks down the different snow removal contracts many business owners invest in and what each one offers.
What’s Included in Typical Snow Removal Contracts?
When winter arrives, a seasonal snow removal contract can come in handy. Although it may be pretty to look at, snow can make walking and driving complicated or even hazardous. For this reason, you need to get ahead of the inevitable inconveniences caused by inclement weather.
As the name implies, commercial snow removal contracts offer professional services to clear snow from your sidewalk, stairs, and parking lot, so business can continue as usual and visitors feel safe on your property.
How Often Can I Get Snow Removal Services?
You can get these services as often as you need them. Your snow removal contract is tailored to your building’s needs and the schedule you choose. Services are available no matter how much it snows.
With a per event contract, you only pay for professional snow removal services when it snows. Once snow has accumulated to a height of at least 2 to 4 inches, professionals clear your grounds. Property managers may prefer per event snow removal contracts to avoid paying for services they don’t need. Instead, they’re given an itemized monthly statement to incorporate into an expense report. Per event snow removal contracts are perfect for hassle-free budgeting and affordability.
Seasonal snow removal contracts can be set for 2 to 3 years and include fixed prices, which is great for you and your contractor. If your region experiences a mild winter with little to no snowfall, you won’t pay as much for service. Conversely, if you’re hit with blizzard after blizzard, expect to pay your contractor a lot more that year. Also, keep in mind that there may be some factors that impact the snow removal contract price.
Do yourself a favor and invest in a full-service snow removal contract for complete peace of mind, no matter what the weather brings. With a full-service contract, you receive fast snow removal, around-the-clock ice treatment, and fixed rates, so there are no surprises with each monthly payment.
Different Snow Removal Methods
Depending on the size of your building and the surrounding area, there are multiple snow removal methods to choose from. While some buildings simply need shoveling, others need a heavy-duty alternative like plowing.
Snow Plowing, Shoveling, and Blowing
There are several ways to remove snow from streets and sidewalks. For larger areas, snow plowing is the most appropriate and efficient. For instance, if your parking lot is covered in snow, a truck with a snow plower can clear the way for cars to park and drive around easily.
For the places snowplows can’t go, such as sidewalks and stairs, professionals can use heavy-duty shovels, which are perfect for moving large piles of snow out of your visitors’ way. Professionals may use snow blowers as well. This machine churns through snow and throws it out of a discharge chute, clearing a path more easily than shovels.
Some property managers arrange for snow hauling, which is when the snow is not only removed from walkways and stairs, but taken off the premises entirely. With this method, professionals gather the snow and drive it to a snow farm, where it melts naturally as the weather warms up.
Try snow banking if you don’t mind piles of snow in your parking lot or in a secluded area. It’s a fast and affordable alternative to hauling, but be advised it may take longer than you think for large piles of snow to melt. Depending on how much you have, snow could remain on your lot until spring or even early summer.
The Importance of Ice Removal
Snow that’s left unattended eventually melts into puddles, which then become ice patches if temperatures remain low. Slippery stairs and sidewalks spell danger; if your associates or visitors fall and hurt themselves on your premises, your company could be liable for their injuries. To prevent this from happening, it’s wise to include deicing and salting in your commercial snow removal contract.
Pretreatment With a Liquid Deicer: This proactive measure prevents ice from forming on your property, protecting your company and everyone who comes in contact with your building.
Salt: Salt is a tried and true option that works fast. If heavy snowfall is in the forecast, salting and calcium application are excellent for ensuring safety and melting snow consistently instead of freezing over.
Varsity, Inc. Keeps Your Property Safe and Snow-Free
Varsity, Inc. is more than an outstanding landscaping company. We also provide dependable snow removal contracts. Your commercial property needs to be safe and keep a professional appearance. Our snow and ice removal services are the answer. Whether you manage commercial real estate, a shopping center, or a medical facility, we have solutions that keep your property in pristine condition—even in the wrath of winter.
If you lack the resources and equipment to properly clear your premises, count on Varsity’s snow removal services. We have 40 years of snow and ice removal experience, so we’re confident in our ability to exceed your expectations. Give us a call today to discuss your options and get a free proposal.
Varsity Inc. has been providing a full range of landscape related services to the Northeast commercial and industrial markets since 1974.