DIY Plowing vs. Professional Plowing

It’s slowly approaching that time of year when the temperature drops and the snow begins to fall. If you live in cooler climates, you know that at one point during the long winter, you will be dealing with the effects of the snowfall. You have two options:

  1. Deal with the snowfall yourself.
  2. Get the help of a snow and ice management professional.

Before you decide which option is best, here are the pros and cons of each option.

 

Doing It Yourself

  • Convenience: homeowners usually choose to plow their own lots because it is more convenient. The reasoning behind this is because it might seem easier to do the job yourself and leave out the middle man.
  • Timeliness: Time is crucial when it comes to being faced with multiple inches of snow – some owners would rather just get it over with and do it themselves rather than wait for someone to do it for them. But snow removal is a time consuming task and it could take hours to complete depending on the size of your property. Hiring someone who can come straight in the morning to clean your property means you will be saving yourself time.
  • Cost: cost is usually a serious consideration. People often think – why pay someone for a job you could easily do yourself? If you purchase your own plow, the investment to plow your own lot might be more cost effective, but the wear and tear on your vehicle, atop of insurance costs may not be worth the temporary savings.

 

Hiring a Professional

  • Hard Work: plowing your own lot can be a hard and physically grueling task. There is a level of expertise needed to manage plowing and de-icing without injuring yourself.
  • Liability and Safety: snow and ice-related removal injuries occur quite often during the winter months. There is always the chance of slipping and falling if you decide to do it yourself. Hiring a professional will help take away that risk.
  • Economics: initially, you might be saving a few dollars, but doing it yourself is not actually that sustainable. Hiring a professional will allow you to budget for the service, and then not have to spend too much thought on it since you know it will be taken care of.

Whether you decide to enlist the help of a professional or do it yourself, it’s best to figure out what you need and decide from there.

What You Need To Know About Commercial Snow Removal

If you are tired of clearing the snow outside of your company and the parking lot yourself, it’s time to start thinking about hiring a commercial snow removal company. There are so many benefits of hiring a commercial snow removal service, including saving you time, money, and making your winter stress free!

Before you call the snow removal company, you should make a plan of what type of service you want and where you want the snow to be piled in your parking lot. A lot of companies offer deicing services, so if your parking lot or walkway is always icy, they can make sure your property is always winter ready.

Here are some of the many reasons why you should hire a snow removal company to help clear the snow on your commercial property.

Easy To Use Parking Lot

Since you have a commercial property, you will probably have a lot of customers and/or employees coming into your building. You will need to clear all the snow out of your parking lot so they can see the proper parking spaces and park safely. Having the deicing service will also keep them from slipping on their walk to your front door.

If there is an accident or a fall on your property due to uncleared snow, you could be held liable for any damages. You could be sued or be held accountable for medical expenses, trauma, or loss of wages. Having a clean parking lot will keep your customers and employees safe and it will keep your mind at ease!

Way More Convenient

When you hire a commercial snow removal company, you’ll be able to determine appropriate times to clear the snow in front of your business and where they should put that snow. You can also schedule times before the snow falls to ensure your parking lot is clear as soon as the last flake falls. This keeps you from having to clear snow yourself due to late snowplows and saving you the headache from deicing your parking lot and walkway yourself.

Find The Right Company

When looking for a snow removal company for commercial areas, check around online to see who offers the best service for the best price. Look up reviews, check their website, and call around to other businesses to see who they use and how they like working with them. Finding the most reliable company to clear your snow this winter is essential to keep your employees and customers safe!

If you are in London or the surrounding areas and you are looking for an industrial or commercial snow plow service, look no further than Doug’s Snowplowing! We offer flexible payments that will fit your budget and we constantly monitor the weather conditions to ensure your parking lot and walkway are snow and ice free!