How much does it cost to remove snow from a parking lot?
As a business you must be aware that certain costs arise seasonally. We are into fall and winter is right around the corner, which means the snowy season will soon be upon us. Snowfall means blocked and frozen roads, parking lots, walkways, and streets. While you can make the temperature indoors warm, you need to deal the large amounts of snow outside.
As a commercial enterprise you need to know the importance of parking lots. For customers as well as for your workers parking lots are of prime importance. Most people travel using a car, especially in cold winter months. Taking the bus or the subway can be quite difficult especially when temperatures fall below freezing point and staying outside, waiting for the bus to arrive can be physically impossible for most people. So cars are a much more convenient means of transportation.
While roads and pathways may be cleared by the local government, snow removal from private property is the responsibility of the owners. Which means that businesses must expend money on having the snow removed from tier premises, which generally means the parking lot. In most cases businesses require snow removal services only for their parking lots. This means having an estimate and costing out the service is necessary for businesses.
To get a rough idea of exactly how much it will cost you to hire snow removal services for your parking lot you need to keep in mind that the cost depends on a few factors. The first one being the size of your parking lot. The larger the size, the more time consuming the job and the higher the total cost. This is because snow removal services are priced by the hour.
You may want additional services, like salting and sanding. These will naturally add to the cost. But there is an obvious advantage in the form of a quicker removal. It will also take longer for the snow to pile up again once the parking lot is salted. Another added service could be that of having the snow melted or transported away. When snow is plowed it is basically being piled up at the edges of the parking lot, which means that some of the space is still left covered in snow. If you wish to have your parking lot completely cleared then you will have to get the snow melted down or transported away from the parking lot altogether which costs extra.
Finally, having a seasonal contract can be really helpful. A one off service costs more, while a seasonal contract ties you in with a single snow removal agency and since you will be needing their service multiple times in the winter months, you are bound to a discount. It is always better to have a contract and the early it is the better.
Commercial parking lot snow removal averaged nearly $124 per hour last year. The maximum being $157 per hour and the least being $91 per hour. Again, these rates are determined by all the factors listed above. So you need to play it smart and get a good deal by contacting your local snow removal services before winters begin to keep your parking lot clean and accessible.