Selecting a Snow and Ice Contractor
A bad choice can lead down a slippery slope
You want the best for your commercial property, so why would you hire anything less than the best when it comes to commercial snow and ice removal? Ideally, you want a contractor that does a good job while charging a fair price. However, never substitute a fair price for a job well done. It’s more important that workers are safe and insured while on the job, as well as having a safe property after a snowstorm for your tenants or customers. Below is a list of questions you should ask each contractor before you hire them for your property.
Do They Have Liability Insurance Specific to Snow Removal?
Snow and ice removal is a very litigious business. There can be a lot of accidents that occur when working in such dangerous conditions. It’s a business that is truly left up to the professionals, which is why any sound professional has the proper insurance specific to snow and ice removal. Unfortunately, many businesses have been sued over this issue. If a snow and ice contractor does not have the proper insurance, you’re liable for an accident or any damage done during the process. Don’t put your business at risk. Always ask contractors about their insurance. Ask to see it. Ask if it’s specific to snow and ice removal.
Do They Have a Snow Response Plan?
Every property is different. You can’t try to apply one plan to every property. It’s not efficient. That’s why it’s important to ask this question. You want to know that you’re getting a proper response plan tailored to your unique property.
It should also be noted that a contingency plan is just as important. The weather is tricky to predict. If a snowstorm is supposed to end sometime in the afternoon, but continues to go through the evening, you don’t want a contractor who only planned for the predicted forecast. That leaves your business in pretty rough shape for the rest of the evening as well as the next day. Ask about a contractor’s contingency plan. If they look at you with a blank stare, move on to the next prospect.
Do They Have Extra Equipment and Material Nearby?
Just like the weather, equipment can be unpredictable. One day it’s working just fine, then the next a major malfunction occurs. This could mean 1 of 2 things. Either:
- A.) The job needs to be delayed until the piece of equipment can be fixed.
- B.) The contractor has another piece of equipment located conveniently close to the work site.
If your contractor does option B, congrats you picked the right one! However, it’s also important to note that a contractor should also have additional materials on standby as well. It’s not a good showing if your snow and ice removal team runs out of deicing material before they finish the whole property. You can’t have half parking lot half ice rink. Make sure you ask about both scenarios. If they have it covered, they’re a good option to go with.