With the winter season quickly approaching, you need to start thinking about your plan for snow removal. If you are in the first stages of planning, service costs are always a concern. Some of these snow removal expenses can range from a few hundred to several thousand dollars for a contract. Before you sign a snow removal contract, you need to consider a few price points for your commercial property.
Prices Can Vary
Yes, the prices will depend on the type of snow removal contract that you sign with a professional company. Many contractors typically charge around $150 per hour of work. However, many factors can raise or lower these costs. You should look at an annual snow removal contract. Many of these snow removal contracts are divided into three different price structures: seasonal, per inch/per push, and time and materials (T&M).
Some commercial property owners want to only pay for the services and materials used at their locations. With these contracts, the prices can fluctuate. Other property managers like to know their exact snow removal costs for every month. Whatever agreement you choose, you want to select the best choice that keeps your property safe and reduces your legal liability. All your surfaces should be clear of ice and snow so that your clients or residents stay safe throughout the winter.
Per Inch/Per Push Contract
If you want to only pay for snow removal when the snow falls, then the per inch/per push contract might be an excellent fit for you. For those seasons with little snowfall, you will not be billed for unused services. If the snow accumulation is over 2 inches, you can expect the snow crew to show up to your property.
In some cases, the per push pricing is determined by snow depth. Your contract might have a separate pricing structure for 2, 6, or 8 inches of snow. Many companies charge this rate because higher snow amounts require more work than a light snowfall. When the snow is heavier, then it is harder to clear from the property.
With those high snowfalls, you could need multiple pushes to remove the snow. Many property managers like the per push contracts. These prices will allow you to plan your services in an itemized way without spending money on unused snow removal services. Per push contacts also work to your benefit for those mild winters.
Time and Materials (T&M)
Another snow removal contract option is known as the time and materials (T&M) agreement. This contract is billed as described. You will only pay for the time and materials used at your property. Your charges are based on an hourly fee for the equipment and crews used to clear your space for most contracts.
Winter can be uncertain, and not all storms are the same. However, with a T&M contract, you will receive the same service level for every storm, regardless of the severity. T&M contracts help you stay safe throughout the year. With improved snow removal technology, your contractor can get the right materials and crew to your location. You can be assured that the ice and snow will be removed from your space in a timely manner.
Seasonal contracts are another great choice for your commercial space. With these contracts, you will pay a fixed price for your snow removal services throughout the season. In many cases, these contracts cover your snow removal needs for several years. Many people find these contracts to have the best value for their money.
If you need to have a set budget for the year, then the seasonal contract is an excellent option. You will have a constant snow removal price for at least a few years. These contracts never have fluctuating prices like the other options. You can count on your bill to always remain the same throughout the year.
Considerations for Your Snow Removal Cost
Once you have made a decision on the type of contract, you can start to figure out your snow removal costs. The size of your space plays a vital role in projecting your expenses. Those larger surfaces require more equipment, and your snow removal fees will be higher for your property.
Your snow removal treatment options also play a large part in your costs. Treating your lot and sidewalks with sand or salt can lead to higher expenses. You can always see if there are cheaper options to keep your space free from ice.
In some cases, you can decide if you want the contractor to remove a certain amount of snow or work until the snow is completely removed. Some contractors charge a fee for repeated plowings, especially if you have a per push contract.
As a commercial property owner, you need to find a place to put all that extra snow. In most instances, the snow is pushed to the edge of the property or piled into a designated space. If you want the snow hauled away, there will be extra costs for this service.
Finally, it is important to find a contract that balances out the maintenance needs of your property. It is more cost-effective for many people to have an agreement than waiting for a snow removal team to show up on an “as-needed basis.”
As you can tell, it can be hard to pin down the exact costs for your snow removal. Depending on the size of the property and snow removal options, your prices will vary. If you are looking for an option to reduce the winter season’s uncertainty, you might want to sign a contract. With these arrangements, you can estimate your commercial snow removal expenses.
Let Us Handle Your Commercial Snow Removal
If you want a professional snow removal team for your commercial property, you need to contact the team at Charlestown Landscaping. We can handle all these tough jobs as you remain worry-free throughout the winter season. Our team will come out to your property and help find the right option to meet your budget. For a consultation about your snow removal needs, please fill out the contact form or call (610) 608-3965.