Snow Removal Contracts
If winter brings snow to your neighborhood, you need to hire a snow removal company. A good snow removal company can keep your streets clean, so your residents can get in and out with ease. If you’re considering hiring a company, check out these three tips to help you make the right choice.
Shop Around and Get References
Whenever you’re hiring a new contractor for services within your community, you want to shop around. Different companies may give you wildly different estimates, and you want to find the best price possible. However, there may be a reason some contractors charge exceptionally low prices. They may simply not be good, so don’t just hire someone just because they are cheap. Ask for references, and check online reviews to see what previous customers have to say. If previous customers are happy, and the contractor is a good price, you have a winner.
Discover What’s Included
When negotiating the contract, find out what’s included in the quoted price. You may get a really low quote, but does that include the steps and walkways? Does it include salt and sand? If a lot of the services you need aren’t included in the quote, you may end up paying much more than you expected. Also, make sure you have all this information in writing. It shouldn’t just be a verbal quote over the phone. You need to have the price and all the included services in a written contract, so the snow removal company can’t try to say something isn’t covered when they initially told you it was. If it’s in writing, you’re better protected.
Ask if There Are Additional Fees
Besides finding out what’s included, it’s good to ask what isn’t included, or what the company charges extra for, because they may be fees you would have never considered. For example, if your neighborhood has steep driveways, the company may charge extra, which may not have been discussed when you asked what was covered. Simply asking “what additional fees can I expect?” is the best way to protect your money.
Don’t let the homeowners in your community get snowed in. Shop around and find an affordable snow removal company. Just make sure you ask what is, and is not, included in the quote, so you don’t get less than you bargained for.
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