When selecting a snow removal contractor for your property, there is often confusion regarding the contract or pricing structure. In this blog post, we will provide an explanation of different types of snow removal contracts, allowing you to make the best decision based on your property, service needs, and budget.
Types of Snow Removal Contracts
There are three primary snow removal contract types for commercial properties: per event, monthly/seasonal, and time & materials.
Per Visit or Event
Under a per visit contract, you are charged for each visit to your property. This is commonly used for residential driveway plowing and commercial properties. Billing usually occurs after the month’s services are completed and plowing is provided when snow accumulations reach the predefined depth. In larger storms, multiple visits to a property are typically required.
A variation of the per visit plan is the per event contract, where the pricing is determined by the total snow depth, and the company may make multiple visits to the property depending on the timing and rate of snowfall.
Monthly or Seasonal
With monthly or seasonal rates, you agree upon fixed snow removal contract prices that utilize weather data to establish a law of averages. This approach can benefit both parties, depending on the season. If a winter experiences more snowfall than average, the client is favored. Conversely, the contractor is favored in a drier winter. Several factors influence snow removal contract prices, including the trigger depth for when services are rendered,whether ice control products are included (usually up to a specified weight), and more.
These contract types are commonly used in homeowners’ associations (HOAs) or townhouse complexes, as they allow management to accurately bill residents.
Time & Materials
A time and materials-based contract operates on the basis of billing for the number of hours the equipment is utilized on the property, as well as the man-hours involved in sidewalk shoveling, if applicable. Material prices for ice melt are based on weight for sidewalks and on a tonnage basis for parking lots. These contracts are prevalent in large commercial properties, such as retail establishments, industrial facilities, and warehouses.
Additional services not included in per visit/event or monthly/seasonal contracts, such as applying ice melt, hauling snow off-site, or on-site snow pile stacking, generally incur separate charges based on a time and materials rate, distinct from the snow plowing rates.
Keep Your Property Clear This Winter With Help From Farrand’s Landscape
The snow removal experts at Farrand’s Landscape have the proper procedures in place along with personnel and equipment to efficiently plow and salt your paved surfaces 24/7 throughout the winter months. Request a quote today for your home, business, HOA, or townhouse complex.