Snow Blowers

Snow Plow Business

snow plow businessThe snowplow business changes from snow plowing to landscaping at the end of the winter season. As we are writing this post, companies in the snowplow business are wrapping up the season. They are doing a lot of maintenance on their equipment. They are also preparing for a season of lawn maintenance and landscaping projects. Many of these business owners will run snow plow businesses in the wintertime. Then run lawn care businesses in the summertime along with a variety of landscaping projects. They are able to keep all of their people working all year round running these two businesses. They save money maintaining the equipment and even using some of the equipment in both seasons.

What Does a Snow Plow Business Do in the Summer Time?

The snowplow business is obviously a very weather-related business. If it is not snowing they are not working. Most snow plow businesses have their customers sign seasonal contracts for fixed amounts. This guarantees that their driveways, sidewalks or parking areas will be cleared whenever it snows. If it is a light year for snowfalls, they tend to make more money. Since their expenses for fuel and wear and tear on equipment is a lot less. In the years that there is a lot of snow, everyone is busy and expenses are higher.

Snowplow businesses that have been in business for a number of years keep a pretty good eye on the competition. They also know that the work averages out. One year might be light on snow. While the next will be heavy. As long as they have budgeted accordingly, they will be fine from a profit and cash flow perspective. Pay careful attention to the rates charges and hire good drivers who take care of their machines and handle them as if they owned them. You will find that repairs will be much less as a result. Snowplow business owners will also find that excellent drivers cause much less damage to their customers’ property. This can reduce your overall cost as a result.

Can You Strike a Deal with a Discount for Snow Removal and Landscaping

If you are a property owner, hiring a company that provides both snow clearing in the wintertime and landscaping or lawn maintenance in the summer is a good way of ensuring that the company will be around for some time. There is less chance that they go bankrupt in the middle of the season and suddenly you find that your driveway or parking lot is not cleared of snow one morning.

Always have a contract, always make sure that details are spelled out on the contract, and always check with other customers to confirm satisfaction levels with the snow clearing that has been provided to them in past years. Bad things can still happen, but at least you have confirmed as much as you can be done your due diligence.

Check the Details

The same applies of course to your landscaping and lawn maintenance contracts. Make sure that everything you are expecting is laid out in detail in the contract. It should include the timing, the price, and the quality you are expecting is covered. This may seem like too much detail, However, the more conversation you have helps to ensure that expectations are met. Also that there are no misunderstandings. Many people fail to write these things down on the contract and as a result, there will be the misunderstanding of what is to be provided. If you want the lawn cut to one inch once per week regardless, spell it out on the contract so that there is no misunderstanding or disagreement.

It is pretty easy to resolve these things when you are discussing a contract and have not yet signed on the dotted line or paid your money. Once the contract is in place, there is usually little you can do to make changes or enforce services that you discussed, but did not write down in the contract.

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