As all of us baby boomers get older there will be more and more opportunity for snow clearing companies to provide snow services in the winter time. Depending on what stats you read, there may be one in four of us who will be retired and at various capability levels over the next 20 years. This is an unprecedented opportunity for many companies to provide a variety of services to seniors and the elderly. Most of us want to remain in our homes and most of us will be unable to perform the various maintenance tasks around the home. This means that many companies and individuals including snow plowing companies will abound and be available to provide services for us. It will become very important that we make sure that we have a contract that specifies what services we are supposed to get, how much they will cost and importantly when the services will be provided. Snow services for clearing snow is no different and we urge anyone who is hiring someone to clear the snow, have a clear and well defined contract to cover them.
Snow Services – Have a Contract
Which ever company you hire, always have a contract that specifies what services you will receive, how often you will receive them and how much snow must fall before they will come around to clear the snow from your driveway. In addition it should specify when and how much you should pay them for these services. If you can ensure that all of these snow services are clear on the contract then you should have fewer problems and be satisfied with the service. Payment for the snow services is another issue we want to discuss. If they are looking for full payment up front, you may want to question their motives.
Snow Services – When to Pay
If your contractor wants all of the money up front, find another contractor. The norm appears to be ten percent on signing of the contract, 40% at the beginning of the season and 40% halfway through the winter. Both parties are protected from any fraud issues or if for some reason the contractor should be unable to provide the service due to business or health reasons. Someone who wants all of the money up front might be a legit contractor, however there is too much risk for the customer that the contractor will not provide the services as contracted or might even take off without providing the services at all.
Be cautions, ask for references, only pay in installments and always have a clear contract. this is by far the best method of ensuring that you are going to receive the snow services that you need and want and what you have contracted for. If for some reason, it does not work out with the contractor you choose, at least you have not given them all of your money. You may not recover the initial deposit or progress payment, but at least you can limit your losses, if the contractor does not live up to his end of the bargain. Also read the fine print, the details of the contract etc to make sure that there is nothing in the contract that would cause any concern about signing the contract. If it is all one sided, you may want to renegotiate or find another contractor.