We haven't seen much snow so far in Michiana, but remember last year when you woke up to find eight inches of snow?
Not only did you have to dig your way out, but you may have been late for work.
Have you done something about it this year? It may be time to think about hiring a snow removal company.
Snow removal is essential for safety and protection of your property. You don't want to be unprepared, especially when a big storm hits.
“Time is of the essence when it comes to snow removal. You want to get ahead of the snowfall so be sure to call around and find companies that are going to be able to be there for you when it does snow. Waiting until the day it snows means you're likely not getting your snow removed,” says Angie Hicks, founder of Angie’s List.
And planning now means knowing how much it going to cost to keep your property cleared.
“The cost for snow removal is determined by the size of your driveway and the number of sidewalks you have,” explains Hicks. “By planning ahead you can have an on-site estimate that is going to give you the best price you can find.”
And protect you from someone who's just looking to make a quick buck.
“Beware of companies coming door-to-door. Anyone can put a plow on the front of a truck and call themselves snow removal, but you want to be sure you have a company that's experienced, has insurance, and isn't going to damage your property while removing the snow,” says Hicks.
Snow removal has gotten more sophisticated.
Some companies can do more than just plow the snow after it's fallen.
"Most residential customers don't want ice melt, but there are some that may want ice melt especially if they have some kind of handicap so they need to also let them know whether or not ice melt is going to be required. And then another thing they need to know about is what is the trigger point in other words a lot of people may have a trigger point of 1-2 inches of snow and some people may have a higher threshold,” says John Right, a landscaping contractor.
And having trigger points is good if you only want to pay to have the snow removed when big storms hit.
Remember, chances are any given snow removal company has several clients, so you may or may not be the first on the list to get plowed. If you have any special needs that should give you priority, such as health conditions that could require treatment at a facility, let the company know.
Angie's List tips for hiring a snow removal company:
No matter whether you are looking for an on-going or one-time service, here's what you need to ask as you consider snow and ice removal services.