If you were expecting the winter of 2017 to be easy, think again. Weather experts say we’re in for a miserable few months.
“Old Man Winter returns!” proclaims the Farmer’s Almanac, which predicts “exceptionally cold, if not downright frigid weather” in much of the country this year.
“Frequent snow to blast Northeast,” warns Accuweather.
But even if these predictions don’t come true, living in Pennsylvania means at least some snow will fall between now and March (or even April).
And if you’re a business owner, that means you’ll need someone to clear that snow. Here are a few things you should look for when hiring someone to do commercial snow removal in PA.
If you’re reading this, chances are you’re looking for more than just someone to shovel your sidewalk. Owning a big commercial property can often involve plowing, de-icing and pre-treating parking lots and roadways. Ask if the snow management company you’re considering will clear your sidewalks, entrances and parking lot, and whether they’ll haul away snow after heavy storms.
2. Equipment and supplies
Commercial snow removal in PA means commanding an army of equipment: blowers, salt spreaders and plows of all sizes. And keep in mind that salt can become scarce during a long winter. Your snow removal company should be able to show you that they have a sufficient salt/deicer supply to get you through the season.
3. Response time
Snow started falling at midnight, and your office needs to open at 8 a.m. for a big meeting. In a situation like this, it doesn’t help to have a snow removal service that doesn’t get going until 7 a.m. You should look for a contractor that offers 24/7 emergency service and storm monitoring.
Always ask for proof of insurance when hiring a snow removal service. Finding commercial snow removal in PA is like seeking any other service: you want to hire companies that have proper certifications, and who don’t present liability risks.
Snowstorms are emergencies, and proper communication during a crisis is vital. Make sure the snow removal service you hire is one that offers you a lot of ways to get in touch – phone, e-mail, text – and has someone you can contact 24/7.
If you’re looking for a contractor to provide commercial snow removal in PA this winter, Realty Landscaping can help.
Our crews offer complete snow and ice management packages to some of the region’s largest business campuses, mixed-use properties and HOA communities. We give each client the same precision attention to detail, no matter the size of the job.
We’ll be on call 24/7, providing thorough and fair pricing and proactive snow management. Contact us today, before Old Man winter makes his unwelcome return.