If last year’s snowfall was any indication of Whatcom County’s weather potential, property managers should prioritize finding reliable snow removal services early on.
You may recall last winter the snow storms that hit just as the peak shopping season ended. As a business owner, you may have seen an impact to store traffic.
But landscapers from Bellingham to Blaine were at maximum capacity, making it nearly impossible for business managers to find snow removal services nearby.
If you’re hiring a new commercial landscape contractor, you have a chance at peace-of-mind this year.
Find a landscaper who includes snow and ice removal services in your contract, and you’ll have one less item to worry about when preparing for the holiday rush.
How weather preparedness can impact the success of your business
The National Retail Federation notes that many businesses underestimate their ability and need to plan for inclement weather, especially because weather is so often unpredictable.
But weather does affect revenue, and it should be factored into your business planning.
At a basic level, weather affects consumer decisions like whether to shop online or in-person.
Ignoring the effect of something with such a profound impact on consumers’ day-to-day lives can lead to severe miscalculations in everything from sales and inventory to markdowns and staffing levels.National Retail Federation Weather Myths Report
While you can’t always convince a consumer to leave their house, a clear parking lot looks a lot more inviting to passersby, who may be already be driving in the snow.
In November and December, with many retailers relying on holiday sales to balance their budgets, parking lot accessibility is ever more essential.
For hospitals and other medical facilities, snow and ice impact your organization in other ways. Weather-related hazards can affect staff efficiency, patient safety, and emergency vehicle access.
Regardless of the type of business property you manage, snow and ice are safety hazards and can lead to liability questions in the event of an accident.
Beyond supporting accessibility and site safety, maintaining your property year-round showcases a positive image for your brand. Landscape is often what a customer sees first when they visit your business.
Why you should hire a snow and ice removal company, even if the weather is clear
Weather is often unpredictable and forecasts aren’t always accurate, which is one reason a contracted service for clearing ice, snow, and debris is useful year-round.
Consider Bellingham’s anticipated winter weather last year compared with what actually happened.
2018 Weather Prediction
Don’t put off those seasonal tasks like cleaning your gutters and waxing your snowboards just yet, but long-range forecasts show an increasing chance of a warmer, drier winter across the Northwest.The Bellingham Herald, September 2018
2018 Winter in Bellingham
Call it #snowmageddon2019, #SnowDay2019 or #Snowpocalypse2019, but students in some school districts have missed seven days of classes and numerous car crashes, fallen trees and thousands of power outages have been blamed on severe weather over the past two weeks.The Bellingham Herald, February 2019
If you wait in real time for the weather to turn, you may discover (as so many did last year) that no landscape contractors have a plow to spare.
But if you have a snow removal service under contract ahead of time, you won’t have to worry about making phone calls last minute.
Put simply, the most convenient snow plow service is one that’s already included in your commercial landscape contract.
Why you should hire a company for year-round landscape management
Winter isn’t the only time when your property needs extra care. Each season brings its own opportunities for beauty and potential for hazards.
A professional landscape management company can keep your property looking its best all year long, whether the trees are losing leaves or flowers are looking lush.
Our clients never have to worry about who will clear the snow from their property: Our ongoing commercial property management agreements include snow plow and ice removal services. We find this helps us provide the best service to clients, and it gives clients a sense of security.
To learn more about the year-long benefits of a landscape management service, give us a call at (360) 312-8052.