Plan Ahead Before the Storm Hits. Know You're Covered by a Snow Removal Company!
It's hard to believe that winter has only just officially arrived a week ago. Cold is our constant. Being Northerners, it seems like green is a blip on the seasonal radar. And, as much as we'd love life to stop for snow so we can cozy up and hibernate for the day; sadly, only kids get snow days. We are left to dig out and get ourselves to work and carry on with life. But to do that, we need the proper equipment, or better yet, help!
The snow removal season is well under way. Maybe you thought you could handle the onslaught of snow but changed your mind once you were mid-shovel. No worries, you can still find a reputable snow plow company, but do not wait until the day before the storm to arrange for service.
You don't want to be in a position where you have to hire the first company that can add you to their schedule. You want the benefit of shopping around and getting quotes, finding the company that best fits your needs and is insured.
Allowing someone who isn't insured to take a giant truck with its giant plow across your drive and move heaps of heavy snow can be asking for disaster if it's not done by a professional who has experience and knows how to do things properly. You don't want your landscaping ruined or your mailbox destroyed with no recourse.
When you do find a plow company, a contract is important. Set how much snow fall will trigger a plow, if they'll clear the sidewalks, and other paths to your house, and if they'll clear and salt your steps and porch too. Be sure to cover with the pro how many plows per season you get and how much they charge if you go over. Making sure they are insured is a must and that they have the manpower and adequate equipment to get to your property in a reasonably time frame after a snow storm.
Be sure to discuss beforehand where to pile the snow after it's been plowed. It can pile up fast and become a nuisance if it's in an inconvenient area. Also, putting orange poles in areas where you want the plow truck to be careful is important if you want to preserve your landscaping and anything else buried under the snow.
Most importantly, get it all in writing with a contract. Don't leave anything for a he said she said battle. Having clear expectations is a must so you can plan accordingly when the big snow storms roll through. Expect to pay about $45 an hour. It's most likely worth your while to work out a seasonal contract and save money.
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