While some companies set up rolling or seasonal contracts with snow removal contractors, you can also get this service on a pay-per-event basis. This kind of contract only kicks in when you have snow to clear.
What do you need to know about a pay-per-event service?
1. You Only Pay When Snow Is Removed
You can't accurately predict exactly when snow will fall. Weather forecasts tell you when it might snow, but they don't always get this right. If you need to clear snow from around your building, then this unpredictability can give you headaches in the winter months.
A seasonal contract that removes snow whenever it falls to problem levels makes things easier for you. However, you typically pay a monthly fee to retain the snow removal company. If it doesn't snow much, or at all, then you might feel that you've wasted your money.
A pay-per-event deal only works when you need to have snow removed. You only pay when the removal company comes out and clears snow from around your building. If you have a mild winter with hardly any snowfall, then you won't spend money on a service you don't need to use.
2. You Need To Agree on a Height Trigger Point
Snow removal companies usually have height triggers in their contracts. For example, one company might come out when you have two inches of snow on the ground; another will wait until you have four inches.
You need to think about how much snow you can have on the ground before it becomes a problem. For example, if you have a lot of people and vehicles on your property, then you might prefer to clear the ground faster. You don't want to risk accidents while you wait for snowfall to hit a company's trigger height. Here, you might want to partner with a removal company with a lower limit.
3. You Need a Quick Response Time
Snow removal companies typically move fast. Once snow reaches the trigger height, the company aims to get out to its customers as soon as possible.
Speed is important on a pay-per-event deal. If a removal company doesn't get to you quickly enough, then you might have more snowfall. The more snow the company has to clear when they do arrive on your site, the higher your invoice will be.
So, look for companies with short call-out times. Ask if they guarantee their response times and where you would stand in busy periods.
For more information, contact local snow removal companies.