With fall in full swing and winter fast approaching, we thought now would be a good time to offer you a conclusive list of what to look for when hiring the best commercial snow removal services in Chicago, IL.
According to national sources, there are four key factors in choosing the best snow removal services:
- Written estimates
- Services and charges
- Snow Removal contracts
After all, a snow removal company’s claims are almost meaningless without references, and the promise of specific snow removal services are uncertain without a contract.
These four factors are a good overall list; however, here are a few more details to consider:
When you check references, be sure to check that the company is licensed and insured. As we have mentioned before, at Brancato are not only licensed and insured but are also an active member of the Snow and Ice Management Association (SIMA). While some groups may offer low rates or big discounts, if they are not properly licensed and insured, you could be setting yourself up for disaster down the line.
When you check estimates and services, be sure to ask about specific ice control methods. Companies have many methods for deicing, and knowing your options will help you choose the one that is best for you and your business.
When you ask about ice removal methods, ask about specific equipment. Naturally, not all snow plow companies are the same. While some services focus simply on moving unwanted snow, others are capable of re-moving snow and ice with specialized equipment or melting snow on the spot. At Brancato Snow & Ice Management we go beyond plowing to include snow melting, liquid deicing, and sidewalk shoveling. Depending on your needs, we can use a specialized machine–such as a VBox Truck Mounted Spreader–or something as simple as a standard shovel. Snow and ice removal is not a one-size-fits-all situation, and you should not deal with a company that treats it as such.
When you finalize your snow removal contract, be sure to ask about emergency response. Before you sign on the dotted line, you need some sort of assurance that the snow removal company will come through for you in a timely manner–not only during times of regular snow fall but also in the case of huge, crippling storms. Make sure they have an action plan in writing for every possible snow or ice event.
If you are looking for Snow Removal in Chicago or Illinois, Brancato can help you work through these factors until you are fully satisfied. Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns that you might have.