When you plan ahead, dealing with poor weather conditions becomes less of a problem. No one wants to scramble for a snow removal company during the first winter storm. Making arrangements long in advance can help keep your property safe year-round. Of course, you’ve got to make sure you’re going with the right team.
5 Questions to Ask Your Next Snow Plow Contractor
You don’t want to get “burned” by going with the wrong contractor. Asking these questions before you move forward with a local snow removal company can help give you peace of mind:
1. What type of equipment do you have?
Going with an individual snow removal contractor and a small truck might be fine for your site. Other locations, however, will need an entire crew to plow their parking lots. Make sure you’re going with a company that can handle the job. If you have a big site, then you’ll want to know that you’re going to be taken care of when the snow hits.
2. Do you have the right insurance?
Hopefully this question was already on your mind. Just as you can be held liable for slips or other accidents that happen on your property, you want to know that your snow removal company has their own coverage for their own potential accidents or damage.
3. Can we get custom snow removal services?
Are you happy to have plowed parking lots, or do you need help maintaining your walkways too? Not every team will have the time—or rather, enough people—to do snow removal handwork or spread ice melt for your entryways. If your contractor can handle everything for you, then you don’t have to worry about getting outside to shovel snow on your own. (Or to find someone on your own team to come in early!)
4. When do we schedule a site check?
It’s a lot nicer to go through your perimeter walk during the spring, summer, or fall than to march around on a cold winter day. Getting this consultation out of the way should help your contractor make notes on where you might have potential snow hazards. Plus, they’ll have the right details for your property size to give you an effective quote.
5. How will we communicate during winter?
Hiring out your snow removal is supposed to mean that you can rest easy during winter. You don’t want to have to make a phone call every time snowy weather is on the forecast. Make sure your contractor can fit you into their schedule—and that you won’t have to follow-up with them every time it starts to snow.
The snow removal business is obviously seasonal. As such, it’s important to get on your contractor’s list early. That way, you’ll actually get the service you need when it starts snowing and sleeting. If the contractor you’re considering has been communicating well during the warmer months, then you’ll probably feel better about working with them in winter. Trust is key, and that often starts with clear communication about their process.
If you need help with Indianapolis snow removal this year, please don’t hesitate to give our crew at Lunar Snow Removal a call at (317) 417-181. We’re proud to serve the greater Indianapolis area, and we’d be happy to answer your questions!