Like it or not winter is just around the corner, and with that comes snow. Removing mounds of snow can be a chore. Here are some recommended tips to consider before hiring a snow removal contractor:
SAFE AND MODERN SNOW REMOVAL EQUIPMENT
A.J. Services Professional Snow & Ice Control is equipped with the best and most advanced tractors and snow blowers that allow our experienced crews to relocate snow quickly and efficiently. For added peace of mind, all of our equipment is properly adapted to prevent any damage to the concrete or pavement on your property.
- Prices can vary widely and are usually based on the amount of work, which takes into account the layout of the property, size of area to be cleared, and whether the customer, in addition to plowing, requests shoveling or snow blowing to remove excess snow from other areas. Remember that the least expensive service is not always the best.
- Ask the contractor about additional charges and price options. Besides the quoted price, there are sometimes additional charges during large storms. After the snow reaches a certain depth, some snow removal contractors charge by the inch, so find out what those charges are. You will also want to find out how the company calculates the size of the snowfall. Other contractors may offer you a fixed price for the snowfall but beware; there will be hidden cost.
- Make sure you know what services you are getting. Find out exactly what is included in the estimate. Are the walks and doors included? What about the cost of salt and labor to spread it? Will the company only clear snow after the storm or during the snowfall as well? If the contractor has to come back for drifting or blowing snow, what is the additional charge?
- Ask for references and check them out. If the contractor does not want to give them then there is a reason for it.
- Check with the Better Business Bureau for a business reliability report on the contractor you are planning to use.
- Do not settle on an agreement over the telephone. The contractor should provide you with a written contract. A representative should come out to examine your property and make notes about the service requested and potential obstacles.
- Before you sign the agreement, ask that the contractor be insured or bonded for damages. Also, find out how you can terminate the agreement if necessary.
Your expectations should be realistic. Keep in mind that a snowstorm makes traveling difficult for you and the contractor. During major snowfalls, workers are required to use more caution when plowing and traveling, therefore it may take longer for the contractor to reach you and do the contracted work.