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5 Signs of a Bad Snow Contractor in Wisconsin

June 2, 2022
5 Signs of a Bad Snow Contractor in Wisconsin
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If you’re looking for snow removal and deicing contractor in Wisconsin, you’ll no doubt want a company that is reputable, reliable and gets the job done to the safest and highest standards every time. For this reason, you should always ask questions before spending your money.

Whether you’re looking for a commercial contractor who can assist in deicing your pathways and clearing your parking lot, or you require specialists who can attend your home to clear driveways, it’s important to consider five specific things before handing over your hard-earned cash.

Let’s take a look at those things.

No Mailing Address Information

The first and most obvious thing to watch for is a lack of mailing address. All reputable snow contractors in Wisconsin list their addresses, and it’s not just a virtual office where you may send mail to. A reputable business will have a real address that you can attend if you like, where you can meet the team, see the fleet of vehicles and equipment they have available, and get a feel for their business.

If the company you’re considering hiring only has a P.O. box, that’s the first sign you should look elsewhere.

Remember – if you can’t see the fleet, how do you know what tools they will use? And if you can’t meet the team, how do you know they are qualified, trained, and professional?

Mentions In Online Crime Databases

It’s easy to assume that businesses still operating are in good enough standing with the local community to continue operating, but that’s often not really the case. It’s always important to perform even a cursory online search for information about any company you plan to do business with.

Searching online will ensure you see a sufficient number of reviews to know the company does good work, but will also show you any instances of criminal activity. Online crime databases will tell you any lawsuits a company may have been involved with, or any instances of company employees being in trouble with the law.

Equipment in Bad Condition

If the equipment used by a snow contractor is in poor condition, then they can’t do the work to the required high standard.

This is another reason why it’s important to ensure the company has a physical address, as it’s always wise to stop by their shop and see their fleet of trucks. If the trucks look well maintained and clean, then you know they care not just about their appearance but about their ability to do the job well.

Trucks that are in bad shape might not only be incapable of doing the job to a high standard – at least in terms of snowplows, anyway – but could mean delays. Nobody wants the truck breaking down during a snowstorm!

Snow contractor equipment

Sparse Truck Fleet

When you stop by their shop, be sure to check out the size of their fleet. Any reputable snow removal contractor will have a large number of trucks and will own big equipment like snowplows, ice melters, and skid loaders. Some companies lease this equipment for occasional work and while those companies may know what they’re doing, the fact that they don’t use the equipment as often as companies that own it may be a reason to choose someone else.

The bigger the fleet, the more you can trust them.

No Reviews On Third-Party Pages

Remember how we discussed performing a Google search to check crime databases? Well, be sure to click on review websites like Trust Pilot and others when you perform that search.

If the only reviews you can find are on the company’s website, and there are no reviews on Google, Yelp, and other sites, then you might want to think again!

Earth Development Is Wisconsin’s Ultra-Reliable Snow Contractor

Save the searching. You’ve found a reliable, responsible, and reputable snow contractor in Wisconsin right here! At Earth Development we have a large and well-kept fleet of vehicles, along with all the equipment and tools we’ll ever need to get the job done right the first time.

To find out more about our snow removal and deicing services, get in touch online or give us a call today!

Eddy Zakes
Eddy is a distinguished expert in the snow removal and landscaping industry, boasting over 20 years of experience. As an Advanced Snow Manager certified by the Snow and Ice Management Association (SIMA), he is dedicated to upholding the highest industry standards. His strong commitment to excellence and relentless pursuit of improvement makes him a trusted voice in the snow removal and landscaping.
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