Your Ice & Snow Management Checklist, Part II

Dec. 16th, 2019 by W Scott McAdam Jr.

Want to protect your finances, property, and time—even as you watch out for the environment as a whole? Then choose your snow and ice management provider wisely.

  1. Confirm that your provider is insured.

Before damage happens, get proof of coverage. With so many independent operators trying to make a go of it, be sure that the insurance is sufficient, too.

  1. Know the Snow Removal Service Liability Limitation Act.

The gist of it: property owners can no longer transfer liability to a contractor for losses that were not the contractor’s fault. The moral: choosing a quality contractor is even more crucial.

  1. Insist on clear communication.

What kind of weather forecasting do you receive? Do you know when snow-removal crews will come? What if something pushes them off schedule?  Our key advantage includes our partnership with Murray and Trettel Forecasting Services, which provides us with the most up-to-date weather forecasts. 

  1. Ask about horticultural expertise.

Who cares about your landscape when it’s blanketed by inches of snow? You should—and so should your service provider. Snow removal should not come at the expense of your property’s long-term health. For example, our firm provides a gentler treatment of an ice-melt blend for those areas that need it. 

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This installment of "Ask the Snow Expert" will be published in the December 18, 2019 edition of the Wednesday Journal of Oak Park and River Forest, the Forest Park Review and the Riverside-Brookfield Landmark.