It’s the perfect time for sinking our toes into sandy beaches, lounging around the pool and hosting backyard barbeques.
It’s also the perfect time to think about the cold New England winter that is just around the corner — with freezing temperatures, snow-filled parking lots and icy walkways.
Now, before you hit me over the head with your pool noodle, let me explain.
It takes a good two or three months to find the right snow removal partner for your commercial property. And if you want to partner with one of the better companies — and not some guy who just wants to make a few extra bucks on the side — you have to have a snow management plan in place before the first snowflake hits your cheek.
Otherwise, you and your property might be left out in the cold.
Savvy property managers plan ahead.
In mid-summer, while we’re mowing lawns and weeding gardens, we’re also busy discussing snow and ice management with property owners and managers.
While you can’t predict the weather, you can make sure you’re ready for anything winter has to throw at you. Which means being able to welcome customers and visitors to your property without having to worry about their safety.
Starting early gives you the opportunity to ask your potential snow & ice firm these important questions.
- How long have you been in the business? You want to make sure you choose a company that has experience in managing snow and ice for commercial properties. You don’t want to trust your property to anyone other than well-trained professionals.
- Do you have Certified Snow Professionals on staff? Certified snow professionals focus on training and best practices when it comes to snow plowing and ice management. At Landscape America, we’re members of the Snow and Ice Management Association (SIMA) and have Certified Snow Professionals (CSP) on staff to prevent risks and hazards. You can rest easy knowing your property is in good hands.
- Do you have your own team? Many smaller providers subcontract out the work, which is fine… but you run the risk of not knowing who will show up at your property (or wondering if they’ll show up at all!)
- What size are the properties you manage? You need to make sure the company that will be taking care of your snow and ice removal has the capacity — both in equipment and manpower — to handle your property. The last thing you need is three guys with shovels showing up to tackle your parking lot.
- Do you conduct a pre-season site inspection? A pre-season site inspection can help pinpoint any potential problems, such as broken tree branches, drainage issues, poor lighting and faded pavement markings. Dealing with these issues ahead of time will ensure you make it through the winter smoothly and safely.
- Do you have liability insurance? Snow and ice is messy, inconvenient and dangerous. If you hire a company without insurance, you might save a bit of money, but you’ll be taking an enormous risk. You’d be on the hook for anything that happens — from a minor ding to a car to an injury or even death.
- What services do you offer? This is really a no-brainer, but choose a contract that takes your property’s needs into consideration. If you have a small property, for instance, you might want to include snow removal in your contract (we discuss some of the most common types of winter contracts in another blog post).
Knowing your driveways, parking lots, walkways and paved areas will be clear and hazard-free this winter is great. But the best part? Knowing you can relax the rest of the summer because you planned ahead!
Before you grab your beach towel, find out more about our snow & ice management services, or request an estimate today.