Winter is upon us and the very first snow of the season has already provided a teaser as to what is in store for the next few months. Icy cold winds, frozen water bodies, snow fall and a day or two off from school due to snow days. As tempting as a change of season sounds with months of sweltering heat, the cold season is not without its challenges.
The ravages of snow:
Despite seemingly beautiful, snow can pose quite a challenge to life as we know it. Continuous snow can debilitate life as we know it. Blocked roads, slippery pathways, piles of snow outside houses and shops, are just a few of the ways snowfall can bring life to a standstill. Businesses have to be well prepared in advance especially because snow can directly affect their business. Imagine piles of snow outside your local grocery store – no one would risk themselves just for grocery. Similar is the situation outside malls, offices, medical centres etc.
Why is snow plowing necessary?
Piling up of snow on roads and outside houses and buildings can greatly hamper the movement of any kind. Snow piled up can literally stop you in your tracks, and if your car gets stuck under snow then there is really no way out except to shovel away all the snow. Plowing away snow during the winters is an essential part of life. Businesses are equally affected as are individuals. Some businesses hire a plowing service whenever they need one while others sign up for a seasonal contract for the winter time.
Contract versus per job:
So generally one would go for per job plow services, however, that is not always the case. There are number of advantages of having a contract as opposed to per job hiring:
It is cheaper when the number of snow days per year is more.
It creates a relationship with a snow plowing company and there is no need to keep on hiring different company every time.
You may not even need to call up the service as they would know when it snows heavily and when you require their services.
Per job hiring can be a pain and problematic and one might find the suitable company at the right time.
Options in contracts:
There are different types of contracts. They are for a fixed period of time, a month, two months and five months at most per year, and yet how rates are charged varies as well. Sometimes companies will charge per inch, so the distance they clear measured in inches determines the cost of the service. While other times companies may charge per push, this is because they count sidewalks or sides of the building separately. This is beneficial and lower cost if your building only gets snow piled up on a limited area. Fixed fee contracts are also an option, where a lump sum payment is paid for snow plowing service throughout the season. The choice of the contract really depends upon the individual needs of companies. Whichever seems more cost effective and reliable they are bound to go for that.