Hiring the best corporate snow removal company may take more research than you think

Make sure you hire the best corporate snow removal company to operate and serve customers in heavy snow and ice to prevent expensive losses.

David Lammers


When winter weather hits Southern Ontario, you need to make sure your commercial or Industrial property will still be able to operate and serve customers even in heavy snow and ice to prevent expensive losses. But how can you make sure your snow removal company will provide excellent service for your investment?

Here’s an essential checklist to make sure you are hiring a quality snow and ice management company based on our own experiences and the advice of the Snow and Ice Management Association (SIMA).

1. Get a Snow Removal Estimate Which Matches your Needs

Companies often offer a variety of prices and services. Please do your research to make sure you find a company offering what you need and has priced its services accordingly. A “low cost” quote may end up costing you more in the short and long run with ineffective or incomplete service, a lack of resources in people and proper equipment for efficiency, or less insurance than needed. Do not forget to ask about special fees for unique conditions, intense snow, or additional services such as de-icing or detailing.

2. Check for Accreditation and Ask for References

Even though large commercial companies are often reputable, it never hurts to check references to make sure you are getting exceptional service. Make sure the company you are hiring is reliable, insured, and has a record of excellent customer service. You should also check the company’s safety record and make sure they are committed to safe operating practices.

We also recommend hiring companies affiliated with reputable associations like Landscape Ontario, the Snow and Ice Management Association (SIMA), and Accredited Snow Contractors Association (ASCA).

3. Ensure Clear Contracts and Communication

As with hiring any contractor, you will want to carefully review your written agreement to make sure all the services you have discussed are included and priced appropriately. Check to see how the company will document work in progress and what contingency plans they have in place for potential problems. You should feel comfortable with the company you have hired and establish upfront how to reach them by telephone, e-mail, and online services.

It is also essential that your snow and ice management contractor has a specific communication plan of their own to keep you informed and updated. Look for statements like “24/7 weather monitoring” and “text or e-mail alerts and operations updates.” The best snow plow companies communicate with customers before, during, and after the storm. You should expect this from your snow contractor.

4. Hire a Risk Manager, not Just a Snow Plow Company

Does the company you are considering include zero tolerance ice management if that’s one of your goals? Do they treat sidewalks and parking lots before the storm even begins to stay ahead of the storm? Consider the level of service you need and be sure the company can provide those services.

Does your company provide custom ice melt mixtures that are specifically configured for the area being treated and the conditions at the time? Make sure your company has a plan and is prepared for every possible winter condition.

5. Make Sure Your Snow Removal Company is Insured

A low-cost snow plow option can be tempting. Companies that have adequate insurance can cost more than those that do not. However, just as you make sure your business has proper insurance coverage, make sure your corporate snow removal company does too. The risks associated with snow and ice are too significant to gamble on a lower-cost contractor.

6. Know Your Snow & Ice Contractor’s Emergency Snow Removal Plan

The best snow and ice contractors have a detailed plan for mixed snow or ice events. They have precise steps for little snow, blizzards, ice storms, and other snow events that might cause power outages or reduce resources and manpower. Regardless of the storm, they will have equipment ready to go, routes scheduled, and a plan in place to keep their customers informed and their sites clean.


We provide comprehensive commercial snow and ice solutions for corporate campuses and commercial and industrial properties at Garden Grove. With our full-time dedicated service teams and dedicated equipment, you will receive next-level results, guaranteed!


Winter doesn’t know what’s coming, and you don’t want to find out you hired the wrong contractor when the first snowstorm of the year hits. Your property depends on you to make the right decision when nature strikes.
We can help!

Please send us your inquiries and RFP’s to sales@gardengrove.ca or call us at 1-866-996-1099.

We look forward to delivering NEXT-LEVEL snow removal service to your property!

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