We understand that choosing the right provider can be difficult, and there are some things that you should know and should ask about:

The Basics
If you are calling service providers for estimates, you should be aware that they might wish to visit your property before giving you the estimate. Not only is it necessary to determine how they will approach the job, it is also necessary for them to note items that may be easily damaged if they didn't know exactly where they were before coming out to plow, such as flowerbeds, fire hydrants and mailboxes.

Does the service provider use contracts?
A contract should be used to clearly define the level of service provided, the pricing of those services and the payment terms. It should also disclose the cost of additional services should be they required, such as stacking of snow or hauling away of snow.

Do you understand the different ways a service provider prices their services?
Pricing should be one of the last areas for comparison of potential service providers. Unfortunately, it is often the motivating factor in awarding a contract. As a customer, do you really want to know how much per hour it will cost you to have your lot cleared? Probably not, as this price would vary depending upon the type of equipment that each service provider intends to use.

What you are really interested in is how much it will cost to clear your lot to your specifications.
To help you better understand the pricing options, here is information on the four basic ways a service provider prices his/her services: per hour/per truck, per season, per push or per inch of accumulation.

Per Hour/Per Truck
Inexperienced service providers most often use this type of pricing; it also is a favorite amongst national accounts, as it makes the bidding process easier. It is the easiest way to avoid learning snowplowing as a business. Little, if any, expertise is required. This method also requires a tremendous amount of trust between you, the customer, and your service provider. While most service providers are honest and fair, some unscrupulous contractors can add "ghosts" to a job site in order to increase revenues. This happens because the unsuspecting customer is not usually at the site in the middle of the night when the services are being performed. These providers always get caught eventually, which makes it that much harder for the honest service provider to generate a trusting relationship with the customer.

Per Push
Pricing plowing sites on a "per push" basis requires considerable expertise; as the service provider must know what their equipment production capabilities are in order to properly price the job. It should also be noted that all responsible contractors have a clause in their "per push" contracts that allow for additional charges in the event that the snow accumulation exceeds a certain amount. In addition, if a service provider has to plow a particular site more than once during the snow event, he/she must charge for each visit.

Per Season
This type of pricing is usually tied into other services, such as landscape maintenance, parking lot sweeping or complete grounds maintenance but it doesn't have to be and is normally at least a three-year contract. Since this pricing is based on the average number of snowfalls in a given season, a three-year contract allows the service provider and the customer the benefit of the law of averages. With this type of pricing, in those years when there above average snowfalls, the customer doesn't have to worry about the increase in cost as they will continue to pay their agreed upon monthly payment.

Per Inch
This type of pricing is usually reserved for very large accounts that are in areas of the country where snowfall totals can vary from nothing one year to 65+ inches the next. Universities, airports and extremely large sites are prime examples of where "per inch" contracts are normally used.

Most services providers' pricing structures normally fall in the "per push, per hour per truck or per season" categories. A mixture of these three types may be used by the service provider to allow for the unexpected forces of Mother Nature.

A professional will price his/her services in such a way to be competitive in the market, to service the needs of the customer and to generate the necessary revenues to grow his/her business.


Professional & Efficient
Finding the right service provider can be tricky, but keep this in mind. Professional service providers may not be the lowest bidder, they are maintaining and paying insurance, payroll, taxes, overhead and reinvesting into their businesses. They are committed to service and quality.

They keep their equipment operable and purchase the necessary products to maintain their accounts and grow their business. They normally are members of a trade association that keeps them abreast of the ever-changing industry. If you receive a low bid, use caution, they may not be properly insured and if they are underbidding the market, they probably won't be around for as long as they will not have the cash flow necessary to survive. Don't be fooled by a fly-by-night operation, always choose a professional.

Don't worry about searching for a snow removal company that meets all these requirement because we here at The Snow Guy we meet all these requirements!

If You would like to contact us about an estimate, we encourage you to do that by clicking here or by calling us at (888) SNOW GUY .

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