Long Island residents know to be ready for annual snowstorms every winter. When considering which company to choose to remove snow on your property, you may be unsure how to pick a trustworthy one. When choosing, ask these vital six questions to ensure it’s a smooth process:
What is Your Experience with Snow Removal?
Ask snow removal companies about their experiences and longevity in the snow removal business. While it’s not the end of the world if a contractor just opened up their business as this usually comes after accumulating several years of expertise working in the trade, but be sure to ask them.
What Equipment Helps You Get the Job Done?
A professional snow removal company can confidently elaborate on their team size and equipment setup, but they’ll explain what their fleet consists of and how they can benefit you.
Depending on the size of your property, you’ll want a contractor that has a complete lineup of trucks, loaders and sidewalk snow removal machinery, whether that be walk-behind snow blowers or ride-on machines.
What Is Your Snow Removal Course of Action on My Property?
Ask the company to explain its plans before getting started. By assessing your property, the team should analyze the best locations for piling snow, and the keeping the chances of refreezing low with products like rock salt or calcium chloride for snow melting. Method choices also show a company’s know-how and strengths.
Do They Use Snow Stakes?
Most professional snow contractors will install snow stakes along your access roads, parking lot curbs, driveways and sidewalks. These stakes (usually orange or some other bright color so they can be seen day and night) help keep equipment away from your lawn and landscape areas.
Also, ask beforehand about snow pile placements, servicing timelines, and other factors you should be aware of.
How Long Will it Take to Render Service?
An overbooked company is as bad as one without backup equipment. It won’t guarantee a spot in its schedule or reach you when you need it. It’s ideal if the company gets to your property within eight hours for most snow events, and at least 1-2 times within 24 hours for large storms (6″ or deeper).