We know what you’re thinking…”it’s too early to talk about snow plow services!”.
Unfortunately, what we’ve learned in our years of property management is that it’s never too early to start planning your winter property services. The snow could, and usually does, begin to fall earlier than we expected. And this year, we want you to be prepared!
As you begin to think about crossing your summer landscaping tasks off the to-do list, it’s time to start looking at what your winter landscaping tasks are going to look like.
Keep reading to find out what types of winter landscaping and property maintenance tasks you should be aware of BEFORE THE SNOW FALLS!
4 Thing You Should Do As a Commercial Property Owner Before Winter
As Alberta continues in its reopening plan, allowing businesses to open back up to the public, commercial property owners are now preparing for a successful business season!
However, once the freezing temperatures return, the safety of their customers will become increasingly more important!
As the snow and ice begins to pile up, customers have a higher risk of falling, being struck by falling ice, causing accidents in the parking lot etc. This is the point at which property owners becomes more focused on implementing risk management in order to protect customers and avoid costly lawsuits.
In order to achieve both a successful and safe season of business, here is what our experts at Servis Realty recommend:
1. Schedule Your Snow Plow Services and Snow Removal Services NOW.
Although it might seem a little eager to be scheduling your snow plow services and snow removal services at the beginning of fall, it is definitely a good idea!
Snow removal companies have their schedules pretty much spoken for long before the snow comes. And we want to make sure that you have the services you need when you need them!
One of the best ways to keep your commercial property safe during the winter is to make sure that the parking lot is plowed frequently (especially right after a fresh snowfall) and that the snow is properly removed from the premises (or placed in an unused area on the property).
This helps ensure that your customers, their vehicles, and your property are protected from potential snow and ice hazards.
2. Schedule Your Salting, Sanding and Walkway Clearing Services
Much like plowing and snow removal, the tasks of salting, sanding and walkway clearing are all equally necessary to the safety of your commercial property location.
If your walkways and entrances are not properly maintained, your customers may risk slipping, falling and injuring themselves. Which could then cause quite a costly lawsuit!
3. Clear away ALL potential outdoor hazards.
Are there any potential outdoor hazards on your property? Although most hazards appear quite obvious to us, there are a few that may seem less important!
Examples Of Potential Outdoor Hazards:
- Broken Tree Branches
- Misplaced Rocks
- Drainage Issues
Regardless of whether the hazard is large or small, it is incredibly important that these are removed BEFORE the snow falls. Otherwise you won’t be able to see them and the snowplow could potentially hit them.
We also recommend that you remove the potential hazards before the first frost, as it is harder to move objects around outside when they become frozen to the ground.
4. What Happens When The Weather Gets Too Intense?
Let’s face it, intense weather is basically inevitable in Canada. And predicting it can be next to impossible. Sometimes, a warning isn’t given and we have very little time to deal with an extreme weather situation!
Whether it be extreme ice, snow or rain, it’s important for commercial property owners to have a backup plan in mind. For example, if your snow removal company is not able to respond to your immediate property management needs, who is going to get the job done? Do you have an emergency property maintenance company on call?
It’s Never Too Early To Talk About Winter Safety
Snow and ice management is so important in Central Alberta. And, if you’ve lived here as long as we have, you’ll know that Edmonton and area are not excluded from that! In fact, we’ve had storms that have lasted for days!
If the past year of the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it is to BE PREPARED. Especially for the unexpected.
Let Servis Realty manage your commercial property so you can focus on what’s important.
Waiting till the last minute to figure out these details can cause stress, overwhelm and a massive headache! Instead, let us schedule your property management services in advance – saving both you and our team a lot of unnecessary juggling!