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Picking a Snow Removal Contractor

Date Added: June 04, 2011 01:04:12 AM
Author: Administrator
Category: Detroit, MI

Picking a Reputable Snow Removal Contractor

In the northern states of the USA, we have a service that's needed almost 6 months out of the year!

We have to somehow get rid of snow. Businesses alot of the time require hiring a contractor to remove the snow throughout the year. The question is, how do I find someone reputable enough? First step is one of the formost important steps to take. Simple question: "Are you insured"? When it comes to snowplowing, there's a "blanket" insurance that covers these types of contractors and if they are specifically in the business to do snowplowing, they had better have the insurance to cover themselves.

Ask how long they've been in the snow removal business. You surely don't want a "fly by nighter" contracted with you if the won't hold up to their end of the contract. When it snows, you want the job done right the first time. Experience is a necessity here.

If there aren't many options as far as contractors go in your area, and you haven't heard much about the person/business either, you'd might want to consider doing a sex offender check and/or a criminal records search. Sounds extensive, but when it comes to your valuable property and family, this might be worth checking into.

The saying "you can't judge a book by it's cover" doesn't really apply here. I'm sorry contractors, but if you're big in the business of snow removal, you'd better have the right equipment to do the job quickly and efficiently. Their equipment should be kept up and in working order. They should also retain extra parts and tools with them in case of emergencies.

You should ask how much snow builds up before they come out and plow. usually it's 2" minimum but if you want more or less then that needs to be discussed.

Do you need sidewalks cleaned off? This is an extra cost service that may not be part of your contract. Salting your sidewalks should be included with this service.

Ask about the type of contracts that might be available to you. Sometimes it's worth getting a seasonal contract especially if there's alot of snow forecasted for the season. You can get a seasonal contract or a pay per plow service. That's up to you. Before the plow season, you can sometimes find really good seasonal contract deals, keep your eye out!

-- You have the right to ask all of the questions and follow the steps above.

-- Getting a reputable contractor may be tricky, but the research will pay off in the long run.

-- Salt will damage certain plants, pit concrete and damage retaining walls. Be sure to ask for alternative
safer melting products when you have these types of materials.


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