Ask The Experts

Ask The Experts

Question:
How can I better budget my snow removal and ice control expenses?

Answer:
First, identify and track the total costs of your snow and ice control. If your services are consolidated, your vendor should provide a cost breakdown per location from previous winters and assist with budgeting. I recommend basing your budget on the past three years at minimum to account for varying annual snow accumulations. One riskier financial strategy is an all-inclusive plan, which allows you to nail budget numbers, spend more than necessary in milder winters, or save in harsher ones.

Question: When should I begin planning snow removal services for the upcoming winter?

Answer:
If you’re pleased with the service provided last winter, renew your current agreement immediately. Unless you’re in the extreme South or Hawaii, a well-developed snow and ice control plan is essential for safety, efficiency and cost-effective exterior facility management. Summer is the ideal time to assess last year’s mistakes and plan for a successful snow and ice removal strategy that will save you and your company time, money and manpower in the winter. Complete your snow removal agreement before August 1 each year. Your snow removal options and negotiating ability are greater the earlier you address your snow and ice removal needs.