"What a surprise - no hidden costs! And they were flexible regarding additional service requests. We'd use them again."R.J. Stienstra - Bridge Printing and Promotional Products
"As soon as snow hits the ground, their guys are there. We've been very pleased with the response time."Michelle Trina - Liberman Management
"The service issues we had with other snow removal services have disappeared. My parking lots are cleared, and my tenants are happy."Ryan DApril - DAprile Realty

What's a Clear Parking Lot Worth?

Mar 26, 2008

We at Snowpusher hear it all the time; a flyer from a operation offering rock-bottom pricing for plowing services lands in the mailbox of a property manager. A name, a number, and a handwritten promise. A call is made, and sure enough, a parking lot is cleared. But in the morning, a plowblade-shaped dent in the side panel of a tenant’s car brings angry calls, apologies, and a desperate search for the fly-by-night operation that was supposed to save this manager a ton of money that winter...and guess who’s not answering their phone?

Ironically, as insurance and risk management becomes an increasingly important issue for businesses looking to contract with snow and ice removal companies, the number of insurance companies that will insure snow removal firms has decreased, thus driving up premiums.

In the past, customers have made the mistake of assuming that their landscaping company who maintains a snowplowing business on the side is insured for all of their activities. Unfortunately, most of these companies’ policies do not cover their snow control work, and only discover this after damage has been incurred.

Customers who wish to keep such risks to a minimum should contract only with reputable snow removal firms - and require meticulous recordkeeping along with contractual language that lays out service requirements in detail. Firms such as Snowpusher, Inc.