If there is one certainty, it is that the weather will be uncertain. Winter is fast approaching here in Chicago and we all know how quickly snow can be dumped on the city. What do you do for your building when the snow comes? You don’t know when the snow will arrive. So, how do you make a plan for something that is uncertain? Do you have a snow removal plan for your building?
Develop a snow removal plan
The first step in your snow removal plan is to identify all of the areas that will need clearing when the snow hits. Customer service should be your top priority when constructing your plan. What will impact your customer the most? Walkways, parking lots, driveways, outside stairs are all areas that will need to be cleared when the snow comes. Next, prioritize the areas that need cleaning first. Finally, when do these areas need to be plowed? Do you have a commercial delivery area that needs to be cleared for early morning deliveries? Do you manage a residential building that will have people leaving early for work? Maybe your place of business does not open until 9:00am so plowing can take place a little later in the morning?
Get quotes from snow removal services
A good snow removal service is key to ensure that the job is done on time and right. What should you be looking for when you get quotes from a snow removal service? They are the same things that we recommend you should look for in a landscaper. When you get quotes from a snow removal service make sure that they are:
• Licensed and Insured
• Give a Free Estimate
Have a contract for snow removal
Someone once said, “You don’t have anything if you don’t have it in writing.” Make sure you have a detailed, signed contract with you snow removal service. They should specify:
• How much it has to snow before they will remove it
• When the snow will be removed after it falls
• What areas will the snow be removed from
• How much it will cost
Again, you cannot predict the weather. You do not know when and where or how much snow will fall. However, if you follow these steps you should put yourself in a good situation no matter how bad the winter is. As always, if you have any questions feel free to contact us at anytime. We would be more than happy to help you with your snow removal plan.