What happens when you have more time to procure snow removal contractor?
If you’re starting to think about snow removal in the spring, you and your potential contractors
have a lot more time to review:
1. Scope of work
Snow removal: on-demand or seasonal service
Have you tried on-call snow removal service in the past thinking it would save you money? Did
you find that it put you at the bottom of the service list after scheduled clients?
When you plan ahead and collaborate on a seasonal contract, you know exactly what you’ll be
paying each month or per snow event, and when the snow remover will be triggered to be
A common trigger for snow removal is a 5 centimetre snowfall. With this defined in your
contract, your company would know if that if it snows 5 cm, the contractor will automatically
be on site for snow plowing.
That’s the parking lot. What about sidewalks?
Some businesses will also include the trigger for sidewalks in their snow removal contract.
Sometimes that trigger is also 5 cm; sometimes it’s zero tolerance to help promote pedestrian
“These are all things we would review together and have in place well ahead of the first
snowfall,” says Hinton.
Pre-season and post-season inspections
Often, businesses at first only consider the actual snow removal as part of the scope of work,
but pre-season and post-season inspections are a beneficial value-add for both parties.
In the pre-season inspection, existing damage to curbs or fencing is captured so it’s clear that
wasn’t caused by the snow remover, and they’re reassured they won’t be held liable for that
damage in the spring after the snow thaws.
You’ll also want your contractor to perform a post-season inspection so if any damage was
caused to the building, fencing or landscaping by a snow plow, for example, the contractor can
be held responsible for repairs.
“We tend to think of snow as light and fluffy, but once it’s hard-packed and half-way through
the season, it gets heavy.”