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4 Problems With Hiring a Cleveland Snow Removal Contractor Last Minute

Now is the best time to secure your commercial snow removal partner for your Northeast Ohio property.On the heels of an extended streak of hot and extremely humid conditions, we're more than ready to think "cool thoughts" and start talking snow removal in Cleveland.

Believe it or not, there is no better time than now to secure your commercial snow removal partner for your Northeast Ohio property.

From fair pricing to logistics, the sooner you turn your focus from iced tea to icy walkways, the better.

Here are four significant problems that can arise when you put off hiring a Northeast Ohio snow removal company until fall ... or later.

Poor Planning From Limited Site Accessibility

If you wait until the snow starts accumulating, identifying areas of your property that need clearing is not as easy. Also, it’s more pleasant to walk the property when it’s warm out and spend the necessary time to pinpoint potential safety hazards and areas to address as a priority during a snow/ice event.

A snow and ice contractor can identify traffic and parking patterns before writing up a proposal for you to review. A thorough contractor will observe your property during the day and night. Assessing your site during rainfall is also important. It allows your contractor to make note of drainage patterns and where stormwater collects — aka puddles turned ice patches.

Necessary Equipment And Salt Becomes unavailable

Be wary if a contractor can’t promise that ice-melting products will be available.

Snow and ice removal on commercial properties calls for heavy-duty trucks, skid-steer loaders and specialized hand-push tools. You want to be sure the contractor is prepared to handle your property’s needs.

The same goes for resources like salt.

The later in the year you wait to hire a snow and ice management company, the less likely they will be able to promise that your property will receive the ice-melting products it requires.

Be wary if a contractor can’t promise that ice-melting products will be available. 

Less Time To Collect & Accurately Compare Proposals

We don’t recommend that you gather a bid from every contractor in Northeast Ohio. But for those commercial snow removal companies you've received proposals from, it's really important you take the time necessary to identify the right company to partner with.

Rushing through the vetting process can result in poor service and regret.
Our snow and ice hiring guide can help you hire right the first time.

Give yourself enough time to get full property assessments from each candidate and find out how each firm will handle your snow and ice clearing needs. Your property is unique. Giving your contractor time to get familiar with your grounds should ensure a specialized, effective plan right out the gate.  

Getting waitlisted For Snow And Ice Removal

By waiting until fall (or even winter), your chances to hire the contractor you really want can get pretty slim. Snow and ice contractors only have so many trucks, and so much equipment. There are only so many hours in a day (and night).

Capacity for clearing clients’ properties is limited. And reputable commercial snow and ice removal companies in Cleveland (like Schill) generally have full schedules (sooner than others), including servicing clients who sign contracts year after year.

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Is Time On Your Side? It Can Be 

By doing your snow contract legwork now, you’ll have time to gather estimates, make an educated decision and create a solid snow and ice management plan.

You know what they say about Cleveland weather: "Wait five minutes." We know that snow is a given — the question is “when” and “how much.” A well-prepared snow and ice management plan includes identifying:

  • potential liabilities on the property
  • equipment and resources to deploy during storms
  • preventive measures prior to snow/ice events

Before it's too late, let’s talk more about how to maximize your commercial snow removal budget, and why it's best to hire industry certified snow removal contractorsContact us any time at 440.327.3030, or fill out this simple contact form and we’ll get in touch with you.

Hiring any service provider can be complex and challenging — but when it comes to snow and ice on your commercial property, the stakes are even higher. If you need a starting point, start with our guide below.

Learn the right questions to ask and how to select the right winter service partner in Schill's FREE e-book, the Ultimate Guide To Hiring A Snow & Ice Management Contractor.

 

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Topics: Snow and Ice Removal

Jerry Schill

Written by Jerry Schill

Jerry Schill is president and co-owner of Schill Grounds Management. He's received numerous accolades for his leadership in the Northeast Ohio business community and the commercial landscaping and snow management industry, including the National Leadership Award from SNOW Magazine and Lawn and Landscape Magazine. He is an active member of the Legislative Committee for the Accredited Snow Contractors Association (ASCA) and the Snow and Ice Committee for the Ohio Landscapers Association (OLA).

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