As we finish up the month of August here in the Denver metro area, we’re soon to start our gradual shift towards cooler weather and another snow season. Although a healthy snow season is essential for many aspects of daily life in Colorado, it can be a huge headache for commercial properties due to the safety and liability concerns snow and ice can bring.
With the busy schedule and day-to-day dealings that most business owners and commercial property managers face, many may put off renewing the snow removal contracts until winter is right at their doorstep, but is this the best choice for your business?
In this article, we’ll explore the best time to renew your snow removal contract, as well as important factors to consider when it is time to renew:
The Best Time to Renew Your Snow Removal Contract
The best way to protect your property is to hire a commercial snow removal contractor who can provide the equipment, man hours, and expertise to keep your property safe and presentable throughout the winter.
Commercial snow removal contracts are inherently seasonal; however, any Colorado native can tell you just how difficult it is to time the first snow of the season. To prevent being caught off-guard by early snow storms, the best time to renew your snow removal contract is during the “off-season”, generally any time from late spring to early fall.
The Advantages of Off-Season Contract Renewal
Renewing during the off-season has a few key advantages that you can leverage in order to get the best deal for your needs:
Contractors Are Looking For You
Looking to renew your contract in the off-season gives you the opportunity to search for the best contractor and services for your business needs, without the urgency of impending winter weather. Instead of being pressured to sign whatever contract you can get your hands on because it’s going to snow tomorrow and no one else is available, the ball is in your court because contractors are looking for your business, not the other way around.
Renewing in the off-season actually gives you quite a bit of extra negotiating power, as companies are more competitive in their pricing in order to retain existing customers and attract new ones. This increased competition is great for property managers because it allows them to negotiate not only better prices for their contracts but also the type of contract and scope of work they need.
Optimized Services for Your Property
Identifying your property’s needs is key to honing in on the best deal for your snow removal contract. Some factors to consider in adjusting the scope of work include:
- Were all the services performed last season necessary?
- Were there any areas that were overlooked or needed extra attention?
- Have you made any landscaping changes or renovations?
- Do you need any additional services to improve safety?
Going over everything with your contractor will help develop a rock-solid winter management plan for your property, ensuring that you’re getting the best bang for your buck in terms of services provided and equipment/materials used.
Peace of Mind
One of the biggest advantages of renewing your snow removal contract in the off-season is the amount of stress it can relieve. Scrambling to sign a contract when snow is right around the corner is tense. By renewing early, you’re ensuring that your property will be protected as soon as the first snow of the season falls. You’ll also have peace of mind knowing that you’ve worked out the best possible contract for your budget and safety concerns.
When It’s Time to Renew Your Commercial Snow Removal Contract, Consider Snow Management Services
For over 25 years, Snow Management Services has been the go-to choice for hundreds of commercial properties and businesses in the Denver metro area. It all starts with winter property planning – taking the time to identify the most efficient way to keep your property clear and highlighting any areas that require extra care. Quick snow removal and de-icing are critical so that parking lots and sidewalks remain clear in order to prevent winter accidents or injuries. Our team is committed to rapid response times during even the roughest winter weather. We can even haul snow off-site to keep your property safe and presentable.