When choosing a residential snow removal service in Winnipeg, there are many options to choose from. However, it is imperative that you choose the right company, or else you may be left stranded in a blizzard. Here are 5 tips that will assist you in choosing a Winnipeg snow removal company this winter.
Begin Your Search Early
Companies that provide a high quality of service generally book up much, much earlier than fly-by-night companies that just take your money and run. For example, here at Cleanr Snow we book up by mid-October at the latest. After that point, we will only take on new clients if you are within 2-3 houses of our nearest client. It is very important that you begin thinking about snow removal by mid-Septemeber or early October at the latest. We have even had people sign up for snow removal as early as June and it is not uncommon for us to get a rush of bookings in August!
Productivity, Not Just Price
Does the company you are looking to hire have the right equipment for the job? Here in Winnipeg, the best way to clear residential properties is with a single-stage snowblower. This does a better job of getting down to the pavement than a shovel or a two-stage snowblower, but most companies do not use them. It is not uncommon for companies to employ a ‘shovel only’ strategy. Then they’ll provide their employees with nothing other than plastic shovels! This can result in a cheaper price for you, but will make your wait time 3-5x longer as it takes 3-5x longer to shovel a driveway versus using a single stage snowblower. At Cleanr Snow, we own all of the right equipment for every level of snow fall!
When your fly-by-night snow removal company shoots an ice chunk through your front window, you will be annoyed that you didn’t check into this before hand. A legitimate and proper snow removal company in Winnipeg will have a minimum of $1 million liability insurance for situations just like this and will be able to help you out immediately. A fly-by-night company will leave you stranded and paying for it out of pocket. Always make sure that the company you are planning to hire has proper insurance! At Cleanr Snow, we are fully insured with a $1 million liability policy should any issues arise.
Ease of Communication
Did you sign up for snow removal and then never hear from your contractor again? A good Winnipeg snow removal company will communicate with you before and during every storm to make sure that you are always fully up to date with their clearing schedule. If you can’t reach your potential contractor for just an estimate, or if they promise one time but keep rescheduling, how can you expect them to clear your snow on time? Here at Cleanr Snow, we send out email updates before we begin clearing for every snow event to make sure that you are not left wondering if and when we will be coming out to clear.
Facebook and Google reviews are the best way to see what other people in your community truly think of the company that you are thinking of hiring. Make sure to choose a company with good reviews. Take the time to read the reviews to get a feel for what the company is truly like. At Cleanr Snow, we are happy to say that we have over 20 five-star reviews between Facebook and Google and do not have any unhappy reviews. All of that while serving 200+ clients over the past two seasons.
In conclusion, choosing a reliable and reputable Winnipeg snow removal company can be easy. Just follow the tips above. Make the smart choice and give us a call at (204) 960-0246. We would be happy to offer you an estimate today!