Global warming, as it turns out, does not necessarily mean we will have any less ice and snow. It means the weather is even more unpredictable and harsh. This is a particular problem for property managers who must remove snow and ice from their parking lots. Since winter weather is haphazard, it can be a difficult time deciding how much to budget for snow removal service, especially during severe winters.
Paying for Snow and Ice Removal
The expense that comes from snow removal can be costly. Contractors take into account the number of materials needed to melt the snow or ice and the number of plows that may be needed for the property. When it comes to budgeting for these services, there are two options property managers can consider:
- Time and materials. When a contractor is paid for the amount of time taken to clear the parking lot as well as the materials needed.
- Cost per inch. As the property manager, you will be charged for
Even with different methods of creating your budget, it is still difficult to predict how much the entire project will cost. It will all depend on how the winter months shape up for snow and ice accumulation.
The alternative method that is also considered for budgeting is a seasonal contract. This allows the contractor and the property owner to average out the previous removal needs and estimate how much will be required going forward. At the end of the contract, there is a review to determine if the set amount should be revised higher or lower. This will allow the property manager to evaluate what is needed for the following year’s snow removal budget.
When heavy snow hits, you need to make sure your parking lots are cleaned u quickly and effectively so you can continue to provide the necessary services you give customers or patrons. With Diamond Solutions, our premier snow plowing services will take care of your needs so snow won’t keep anyone out of your lots. Contact us today for a free estimate this winter.