You’ve decided to hire a commercial snow removal and plowing company to keep your business operating and managed safely during the winter months without having to devote your own resources to dealing with the snow and ice. That’s a good decision. And just like other business relationships, your plan calls for a formal commercial snow removal contract.
According to the Snow and Ice Management Association (SIMA):
“A written contract, signed by both parties, is the best way to ensure that each party is aware of its obligations. This in turn protects both the contractor and the property manager and helps to define the relationship in clear and concise terms.”
Note the important points here. The contract protects both parties (property managers and snow removal companies) from lawsuits. It does this by defining the obligations of each party and by outlining the relationship between vendor and customer clearly. Neither party wants to be involved in a lawsuit, and signing a mutually agreed-upon contract prevents that.
When you discuss your snow removal needs as a potential client, you need to consider many elements of the relationship. Your vendor should be willing to answer your questions and discuss these topics with you:
- What is the timing of service and what service level are you agreeing to?
- What is the price for this level of service? Should you pay for a higher level of service even though no one is certain how much snow will fall in any given winter?
Be clear on the services you are receiving. If your agreement calls for snow plowing, the snow will be plowed, but it will remain on your property. If you need it removed, you are talking about snow relocation and hauling. Do you require ice management and de-icing? You do if you are concerned about slippery conditions even after plowing or if there is freezing rain.
Sneller Snow & Grounds can provide all of these services and more. If you’re located in Lansing or Grand Rapids, we’ll be happy to look at your property and discuss recommended levels of service and pricing with you. We are in the risk management business with ISO certified systems in place. We prepare for the worst so that you are covered no matter what weather conditions we see in Grand Rapids and Lansing, MI. Contact us to talk about your winter 2017 snow removal plan!