As a business owner, the winter causes a wide range of problems. You have to worry about issues with employee and client safety. For most commercial spaces, legal liability is a problem if an accident occurs on your property. While you may want to enjoy the warm summer weather and plan for the snow on another day, this is the best time to prepare for the winter weather. As the seasons change, you want to have procedures in place to keep your property safe throughout the cold weather.
Manage Your Snow and Ice Plans
If you have to close your facility due to a massive snowstorm, you can lose revenue for your business. With the winter weather, there is also the chance of ice around your property. If you have employees and customers walking outside, you run the risk of a slip and fall accident. In some cases, your space could be liable for a lawsuit if your property was not maintained during the winter.
You can avoid all of these hassles with a successful snow and ice removal plan. You want to start planning early. If you wait until the snow has fallen, you could be left with a snow-covered property that is an accident waiting to happen.
Start Your Search Early
A good snow removal plan needs to start early in the summer. You want to have contracts in place for services, supplies, and rentals before the winter weather hits. If you are hiring an outside company to remove the snow, then you should have someone come out and visit the property. Whether you are subcontracting services or handling the snow removal in-house, you will need time to create a plan for ice and snow management.
The best time to find a snow removal company is in the mid-summer to early fall. When you wait longer than that, you run the risk of not finding the right company for your business. Many professional companies already have a list of established clients, and they may not have room to take on another customer. However, in the summer, some clients have not finalized their snow and ice removal plans. You might be lucky to get a coveted spot with one of the best companies in the area.
Communicate Your Needs From the Start
As with anything in business, communication is vital. You cannot have a great snow removal program without communicating with your service provider. When the snow falls, you need to know the precise contact methods for snow removal, escalation processes, and other service issues. You never want to deal with several feet of snow waiting to be removed, and no one is answering their phones.
By creating a solid snow and ice removal plan, you can keep your business, employees, and clients safe during the winter. However, you need to share your plan with the necessary people at your site. Anyone who is an essential worker should know the operating procedures to stay safe in the winter.
While you could wait until the winter, you want to establish those lines of communication with your snow removal service before the snow starts to fall. After the summer, these professionals will get busy with service calls, and they might not have time to answer all your questions. During the summer, you can thoroughly vet a snow removal company to find the right one that will meet your needs.
Understand Your Services
If your business has never established an ice and snow management plan, it can be hard to start. When you are creating a plan, you will have several factors to consider, including cost, environmental, and operational costs.
In the summer, you probably have a good idea about the budget for your snow removal costs. At this time, you need to think about the spaces that must be cleared of ice and snow. Make sure that your snow removal company is aware of these areas. You want to decide if the company should focus on snow removal, salting services, or both. Once the snow is plowed, you might need to establish an area to stockpile those snow piles. If you have a property with corrosion issues, you should talk to your service provider about avoiding certain de-icers.
In some locations, there may be environmental concerns for your business. If you work in a town with ordinances against certain de-icers, it can be challenging to find salting options for your business. However, a professional snow removal service will find methods to keep your property free from ice. Time is essential. You want to give your snow removal team time to procure materials for your property.
Finally, costs always play a huge role in any business decision. You want to have a slip-free environment for your clients and employees. In some cases, these costs might be too high for your business. For the most part, a professional snow removal company will work with you to keep your property safe as you operate within a budget. You can easily find a company to meet your costs early in the summer. With the changing seasons, the prices start to rise. Later in the season, you might not find someone to work with your budget.
A snow management plan is essential for your commercial property. You need to start looking for a reliable snow removal company in the late summer. If you wait, you can be left with no services and bigger headaches.
Let Us Help With Your Business
While it can be overwhelming to create a snow and ice removal plan for your business, there is help. If you want to keep your employees, clients, and property safe, you need to start planning ahead. You never want to wait until the last minute, or you might not find someone when you need help. At Charlestown Landscaping, our team will clear out that snow and apply de-icing measures to your property. We will even come out to your business and learn about your expectations for the upcoming winter season. If you would like to schedule a consultation, please fill out the contact form.