While we are still seeing warm, late-summer temps, it can be easy to forget that Old Man Winter will be here before we know it. And too frequently, he shows up with very little warning. If you have a customer-facing business or organization, having a snow removal management team in place before the snow starts to fly is the best way to ensure the safety of your employees and customers.
If you have never chosen a snow management service before, or you are looking to explore new options, we have compiled a list of points for you to consider in your search.
Why Do You Need a Snow Management Service?
You might already be asking that initial question about whether you even really need a snow management service. After all, it’s just snow removal, right?
In actuality, contracting a snow management service provider to clear/remove ice and snow from your location is one of the most important safety and, yes, financial decisions you can make in any given year. It is common for Michigan to see snowfall in eight months of the year. This leaves lots of opportunity for accidents that can be prevented when you hire a snow management service with a process in place. Here are just a few all-too-common occurrences:
Professional snow managers know these risks and face them every season. Often, their entire business is built specifically on helping you manage these very challenges.
Finding a Reliable Snow Management Service Provider
Be proactive. The sooner you start your search, the better prepared you will be when the snow starts to fall. September is not too early to start your search.
Be selective. Have a plan to qualify service prospects that narrows your search, saving time before you begin engaging with prospects. You could benefit from creating a Request for Information (RFI) document to help with pre-qualifications.
Build an RFP. Take a moment to clearly identify your needs and draft a Request for Proposal (RFP). The RFP should include a Scope of Work that details what the property should look like after a service is performed.
Stick with Best Practices. Make sure you have a professional company doing the work. To give you a head start, you can use the official Snow and Ice Management Association’s Best Practices Checklist to help you assess potential snow management providers.
Seek Trust. The risks of service failure during significant storm are too high to not demand shared accountability. Stick with snow management service providers that share liability, deliver on-time services, and pro-actively share concerns.
Communication is Essential
Before you sign on the dotted line with any snow management service provider, you should ensure the following:
As a member of the Snow & Ice Management Association (SIMA), E.P.M. offers complete commercial snow and ice removal services. To learn if we are the right fit for you, contact us online or give us a call at (517) 990-0110 today.