Snow Removal Contracts for Apartment Complexes
It’s snowing out! We thought it would be a good time to talk about snow removal contracts for apartment complexes. A few things to look at in snow removal contracts are:
- At what amount of snowfall do they plow?
Do they remove snow at 1 inch, 1.5 inches, 2 inches, 3 inches? To give you an idea, most snow removal contracts are between an inch and a half and two inches when they come out to plow the parking lots.
- Is there a “Call Back Fee?”
If they plow at 6 am and it snowed all day and you want them back out at 3 pm, what do they charge to come back out?
- Do they clear the sidewalks and walk ways?
We normally pay extra for snow removal on sidewalks and walk ways at our apartment buildings. It’s important to make sure this is done to remove the risk of someone getting injured.
- Do they salt?
We also pay extra for salt. Salt is usually paid for by the pound or ton whichever way you buy it (you supply it or they supply it). They can also drive through the parking lot and use a spreader to put down the salt as well.
- If seasonal, how many times do they push?
Some snow removal contracts vary based on what the contractor thinks the push amount is going to be for the winter season (based on geographic location and past years). For instance, your one time rate may cover 28 pushes or 30 pushes of snow.
- If “per push,” how much?
Another option for a snow removal contract for your apartment complex is to do it per push. Maybe it is $200 every time they come out and plow your parking lot.
Read the fine print and make sure you know what you are paying for. If you aren’t sure, ask questions. These are just a few things to think about if you are looking for a snow removal contract for apartment complexes. If you need tips to winterizing your rental property, check our blog post that focuses on single family homes.
If you are tired of having to do the work yourself on your apartment complex, give us a call or email to check out our property management services.