summer is the best time to hire a commercial snow removal contractorYou might be floating in your pool right now, and you haven’t even worn out your first pair of summer flip-flops.

But it’s time to start thinking about arranging your snow and ice management.

Here in New York and Connecticut, snow can hit early, pile up fast and linger into spring.

Think ahead a few months. Left unattended, snow and ice can block the entrance to your property, cause slip-and-fall injuries, as well as accumulate on rooftops and cause catastrophic cave-ins, which can lead to serious property damage and sometimes lethal consequences for your employees and visitors.

Once the snow and ice hit, it’s crucial that you have a qualified snow and ice contractor lined up to service your property. Your business depends on it.

4 Reasons Summer Is The Best Time To Discuss Your Commercial Snow Removal Contract

Think you have plenty of time? ‚

You Need Time To Check Out Your Contractor

You don’t want just anybody signing on to keep your property safe for customers. Interview potential candidates now, and you’ll have time to verify your contractor has the proper qualifications and insurance to properly protect you and your property.

Your Contractor Needs Time To Get Ready For You

Your commercial snow removal contractor needs time to prepare to add you to his client list, including making sure the company has the equipment and materials needed to do the job right all season.

Salt is a big part of the job, and prices have risen significantly during the past year. Contractors need to know now how much they’ll need this winter.

Contractors also need time to get familiar with the properties they’ll be servicing. Your parking lots and sidewalks look much different under a blanket of snow. Your contractor and his or her staff want to take a good look before the snow hits.

It’s Better To Meet Now, During Nice Weather

It’s much more pleasant to meet with your contractor and discuss your needs now, before blustery weather hits. He’ll have more time to address your questions and concerns. You’ll want to point out specific areas of concern, analyze danger zones and figure out places that would make for good snow storage — before it’s all covered in snow.

You Don’t Want To Be Left Out In The Cold

Wait until the last minute, and you may not find a contractor to fit you in. The best contractors are filling their available spots now.

Hiring A Snow Removal Contractor? Ask These 6 Questions

Screen Shot 2015-07-28 at 1.34.38 PMNow that you agree you should pursue this now, there are a few things you should ask when interviewing a potential contractor.

What’s Their Plan Of Attack?

Keeping a commercial property clear of snow and ice is a big job. It doesn’t just happen. You need a clear, defined plan of attack.

Neave Snow and Ice Management uses satellite imaging to get a bird’s-eye view of your property. The imaging measures your parking lot’s square footage and your sidewalk’s linear footage. It maps hills, loading docks and handicap parking spaces so we can figure exactly how much equipment, how many employees and how much salt and other materials your property will need.

Then the experts at Neave print large satellite photos of your property with all the details marked, including what areas to attack in what order.

Armed with such complete and detailed information, Neave creates a plan to clear your property quickly and efficiently.

Each of our clients’ snow sites has a drawn-out “battle plan” to use before, during and after snowstorms, which highlights priority areas, areas of concern, snow pile locations and more important information. Crews are trained regularly on these plans to ensure they’re familiar with them when it matters most.

What’s Their Timing For Treating and Pretreating?

When a big storm is about to hit, timing is everything.

When the temperature dips below about 15 degrees, salt doesn’t work. Applying it then is a waste of time and money.

Then, pretreating a property is the way to go. Neave uses its own mix of salt brine, a liquid salt mixture, to help prevent ice from forming and keep snow from sticking.

What’s Their Source For Weather Information?

A typical weather forecast might offer predictions for a broad area of New York or Connecticut. But you want to know when the snow will start piling up in your parking lot.

Neave Snow and Ice Management relies on Weather Works Inc. of New Jersey, which offers customized up-to-date weather forecasts based on the ZIP codes of Neave customers. Then we share that information with you. So you’ll know exactly what kind of weather to expect, and when.

What’s Their Communication Plan?

Maybe you thought your commercial snow removal company would show up as soon as a half inch of snow piled up. But two inches later, they’re still not there. Where are they?!

Communication is extremely important, especially when a winter storm is approaching. What communication protocol does your snow removal company follow? Before committing to a company, be sure you fully understand the steps they take to keep you in the loop before, during and after a winter storm.

Do They Have The Right Equipment For The Job?

Screen Shot 2015-07-28 at 1.34.55 PMSo you thought the high-end snow blower you bought on sale last year would clear your property just fine. Then the wall of snow arrived.

This is a job for trucks and plows, especially when we’re talking about large commercial properties with multiple parking lots, sidewalks and driveways.

It takes a whole fleet of properly maintained and prepared equipment to handle all levels of snow and ice accumulation on a commercial property.

Remember the satellite imaging we talked about earlier? That’s how Neave knows exactly how much equipment we need to clear your property of snow and ice quickly, professionally and safely.

What Kind Of Credentials And Training Do They Have?

Every area manager and many of our foremen are certified by the Accredited Snow Contractors Association, and most of our staff have undergone far more training than our industry competitors.

Neave Knows Snow

Neave Group’s Snow and Ice Management works with commercial property managers to create a fully customized snow and ice removal management plan.

We’re fully insured, offer the highest level of customer service and have years of experience.

Our commitment to excellence has put us among the Top 100 snow contractors in North America, according to Snow Magazine.

Additionally, Neave’s commitment to quality was recently recognized by the experts at Smithers Quality Assessments as deserving of ISO certification.

Specifically, the SN-9001:2012 certification is a version of the quality management standard developed and published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) that establishes an effective quality management program for snow and ice management companies.

Contractors earn this certification through an independent, third-party audit that focuses on service quality, as well as the implementation of the industry standards for the professional snow and ice management industry.

It’s one more reason you can count on Neave for the highest level of service.

We know the weather can turn at any moment, so our skilled staff routinely monitors weather patterns to ensure we can prepare your property if a major storm occurs.

If you’re in the Hudson Valley, call us at (845) 463-0592. If you’re in Westchester County, call (914) 271-7996; from Connecticut, dial (203) 212-4800. Or, fill out our simple web form, and we’ll contact you about setting up your free consultation.

We’re on call 24/7 for emergencies, and pride ourselves on being proactive, preemptive and professional. We’ll make sure your business remains operational, accessible and safe during the winter season.

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