If you’re a business owner, then you probably rely on a variety of other professionals to do the various jobs that your business doesn’t handle. That could include things like groundskeeping, cleaning, maintenance—maybe even weekly deliveries to keep the water cooler full!
Another service that should be on your list of essentials? Snow removal. Read below to see the reasons why—and to learn what to look for when hiring a snow removal service.
The most obvious reason to hire a snow removal service is for the safety of your workers and customers. Keeping parking lots and walkways free of snow and ice will prevent slips and falls, and it will signal to both staff and customers that you value their safety.
Snow removal also signals a few other positive aspects of your business. When people arrive to cleaned parking lots and walkways, you’re telling them that you pay attention to the details and that you’re prepared for anything—and those two things are a subtle but effective way to build trust, which will further your good reputation.
It’s also an important way to let your customers know that you’re open for business. When your storefront is surrounded by a blanket of untouched snow, it gives the impression that perhaps you’ve closed for the day, and that could lead some to driving right on past rather than stopping in.
When you’re ready to hire a snow removal service, there are a few key traits that you should look for. First up are the big ones: timeliness and dependability. Few things are more frustrating than paying for snow removal only to wait a couple of days for the snowplows to arrive. Barring a catastrophic snowstorm, a good snow removal company won’t be so overbooked that they can’t find the time to pretreat surfaces ahead of the storm, or show up to do the shoveling, plowing, and snowblowing relatively quickly after the storm passes.
Next, look for a company that provides the spectrum of services that you need. For some businesses, this may mean you need snowplows, salt for parking lots, plus only a little bit of shoveling and salting to clear short walkways and entryways. However, if you have lots of walkways or other areas that can’t be readily cleaned with a truck-driven plow, then it’s best to look for a service that is fully equipped with the snow blowers and other small tools to get the job done.
Pricing will be another issue to look at. For this, it’s best to call around and ask a few questions. Check several snow removal services in your region, and ask how much they would charge for each of the services you might need. That will give you a range of local prices to work with, and you can use that to choose a company with a reasonable price that offers all of the services you need.
Going with a great snow removal service is crucial, not only for your safety and that of your staff and customers, but also to give you peace of mind. A good company will come at a reasonable cost while handling your unique needs quickly and efficiently.