Ask The Experts
How can I better budget my snow removal and ice control expenses?
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?
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.