If you live in a state that experiences cold winters and you own a business, then you’ve probably come across snow contractors who don’t own their trucks. Some of the less reputable snow removal contractors resort to leasing trucks and equipment during the winter season to reduce their costs, and while it makes good business sense for them to do it, it poses a risk to the companies who hire them.
Companies who do not own their own trucks tend not to provide the same level of service or perform snow removal and deicing to the high standards you might expect of bigger, more reputable companies. There are a few reasons why that is so often the case, and we’re going to explore those today.
Are Their Workers Professionally Trained?
The first thing to consider is the professionalism of the team using the equipment, and their level of experience. A company that owns all of its equipment can ensure that its team is always familiar with that equipment, and fully trained and ready to go by the time the winter comes around.
A company that rents equipment, however, so often cannot train their team throughout the year. In the worst cases of this, companies may simply hire temporary workers who handle the equipment a couple of months per year.
When you need snow removal and surface deicing, you need it doing to the highest standard possible. Not only that, but you also need to know that the people handling heavy equipment on your property aren’t risking damage to your building.
Can They Offer Quick Turnaround?
If a company doesn’t have access to equipment all year round, then how can you expect them to offer a quick turnaround in the event of a sudden snowstorm? Sometimes snowstorms come early and hit during the late fall, or appear in the springtime when everyone thinks the winter weather has gone for another year.
Only a company with a large fleet of vehicles, snowplows, and other equipment can be ready to go within minutes and hours of a sudden snowstorm. Isn’t that the kind of service you expect if you’re paying good money? Without that quick turnaround, your business won’t be able to welcome customers as normal and your employees may not even be able to park their vehicles when they arrive in the morning.
Do They Have a Backup Plan?
Finally, consider whether the team you hire has a backup plan. If you opt for a company that doesn’t own its own equipment, then how can you be certain they can assist you in the event that one of their vehicles breaks down?
A company with its own fleet can immediately dispatch a new vehicle to get the job done, while an operation that relies on rented equipment may need to wait for a replacement to arrive. In the meantime, the snow keeps falling and you don’t get the snow removal services you need.
Need A Reliable Contractor? Look No Further!
If you’re looking for a snow removal contractor who can help you at the drop of a hat, then you should always make sure they own their own fleet. Thankfully, though, you don’t need to look very far.
At Earth Development, we have a large fleet of vehicles and a team of passionate, experienced, and qualified professionals who offer exceptional services every winter. For more information about our preventative maintenance services and emergency snow removal options, get in touch online, or give us a call today!