We’ve come a long way since childhood.
Remember waking up and peering through the curtains to see a thick blanket of freshly fallen powder then running downstairs, screaming, “SNOW DAY!”
That juvenile joy just isn’t there as an adult, when you don fur-lined boots with your bathrobe and head out to shovel the walk before a day of babysitting cocoa-drunk kids — and it’s even worse when you own a business and know you’ve got a mess on your hands that needs to be cleared away so you and your customers can go about your day.
That, of course, is where professional snow removal contractors come in. The process of hiring the right one may seem daunting, so let’s take a look at some of the first steps in choosing a snow removal contractor — and how we do things at Neave Group Snow & Ice Management.
Commercial Snow Removal Pricing Method
We begin our snow removal pricing process with an in-person, on-site meeting where we’ll walk around your commercial property and discuss any areas of concern. We create a snow removal site map and find as many challenges and obstacles on the property as possible — before there’s any snow on the ground. (Be sure you tell us about any special needs your business has during this meeting, too!)
Based on what we find, we’ll evaluate what snow removal equipment and manpower will be necessary for your commercial property, then we’ll come back to you with an estimate and snow removal contract that takes our resources and your needs into account.
We’ll work with you (and your budget) to create a snow removal plan that will keep your commercial property as clear and safe as possible — and we’ll make sure you understand every service and other item included in your snow removal contract.
Types of Commercial Snow Removal Contracts
There are two kinds of commercial snow removal contracts: fixed price per season, and based on individual events. Both have financial risks involved, both for the customer and the contractor, as pricing is based on a “typical” winter — and winters are never typical!
Fixed pricing (seasonal): These snow removal contracts are based on a “typical” winter — but of course, what winter is ever typical? Clients pay a fixed fee for the season, whether it’s dry as a bone or there are blizzard conditions for months.
Per-inch: With these snow removal contracts, clients pay the contractors only if there’s snowfall, but because cost is calculated per inch of snow, if there’s a big storm, you’ll be paying more.
Every year is different, and we offer different types of snow removal contracts because each client’s needs and ability to take risks are different. In a winter where snowfall is double the average, clients on fixed-price contracts are likely getting a “better deal” — and the reverse is true in a mild winter for per-inch-snow removal contract clients.
Here at Neave Group Snow & Ice Management, we aren’t looking to get rich every winter — we’re all about stability for our business as well as our clients’. We have in place a financial “snow hedging system” that lets us shoulder our customers’ risk and provide competitive snow removal pricing, outstanding customer service regardless of snowfall, and peace of mind that we will be there regardless of snowfall year after year.
Winter isn’t far off! Make sure your property is as safe as possible when the weather turns nasty. Call Neave Group’s snow and ice management professionals today. If you’re in the Hudson Valley, call us at (845) 463-0592. If you’re in Westchester County, call (914) 271-7996; from Connecticut, dial (203) 212-4800. Or, fill out our simple web form, and we’ll contact you about setting up your free consultation.
If you are a property manager or owner searching for the right snow and ice management contractor for your business, be sure to download our FREE white paper, “The Ultimate Guide to Hiring a Snow & Ice Management Contractor”. Download it today and be prepared for the winter ahead!