Living in the far north, Iceland has created a saying about winter weather that could just as well apply to winters here in Michigan. The phrase is “GLUGGAVEÐUR,” which means “window weather,” i.e., weather that looks lovely from the comfort of your home but not as pleasant once you have to go out in it. When the Mitten experiences our yearly snowfall, all that powder can look fit for a Currier and Ives postcard, but when you own or manage a business, medical office, residential complex, or campus, excessive snow makes things difficult and even dangerous. This winter, do yourself a favor and take “shovel snow” off your to-do list and hire the commercial snow removal services of PPM Landscape Contractors Inc.
Why You Should Add Snow Plowing To Your Commercial Landscape Maintenance
Time Is Money
This old saying hits even harder when you own a small business. If you don’t have the resources to hire someone to remove all that snow for you, it falls back on your shoulders. This means spending precious time clearing sidewalks, driveways, and parking lots of dangerous ice and snow. You might have to arrive more than an hour early to get the job done, or even stay later. Instead, you could get that valuable time back by leaving it to the professionals at PPM Landscape Contractors Inc. We have the equipment to get the job done quickly, so pathways are cleared, and we’ll be on our way, so we don’t interfere with your clients and customers.
Landlords Can Rest Easy
Whether you own or manage large-scale rental complexes, part of landscape maintenance means addressing and mitigating risks to the property. One of the most significant risks is slip and falls during the winter, and the larger the rental property is, the higher this risk increases. You don’t need the massive headache of dealing with a slip and fall lawsuit. You also need to consider potential tenants visiting the property. If they have to trudge over unplowed snow and ice, that might give them the impression you don’t maintain your property. Consequently, they may decide to live somewhere else.
Moving Snow Around Is A Hassle
Even with the help of a snow blower, moving all that fallen snow is a pain. You have to remember to buy fuel and oil and maintain your equipment, and if the snow is heavy enough, it can take a long time to clear a parking lot, even with the equipment. And if all you have is a shovel, it’s even more annoying. Not only does it take longer to shovel snow than plow, but you could injure your back doing all that heavy lifting. Instead, you can save yourself a trip to the chiropractor and let us handle all the hard work for you.
Injured Employees Cost Time And Resources
If someone on your staff requires medical leave due to a slip and fall injury, you could be out not only a large amount of money but also a valuable staff member. It takes time to find the right person for the job, train them, and get them accustomed to the position. A slip and fall injury from wintery weather could quickly domino and leave you short on staff, which in turn means fewer people to get the job done, which in turn leads to less profit.
An Ounce Of Prevention Is Worth A Pound Of Cure
Routine medical care is part of staying healthy, and much of that routine care is “preventative,” i.e., proactive measures meant to stop or prevent problems down the road. If you run a medical facility, you know that many patients – particularly seniors – are more susceptible to falling, and things are much worse in winter. For a younger person, that slip and fall might result in a sprain or a nasty bruise. But seniors frequently experience hip fractures, which result in long-term problems and hospitalizations. If your parking lot is full of ice and snow, this could happen right on your doorstep. And EMTs and paramedics could suffer the same fate since their job involves transporting patients from homes to medical care facilities. When your parking lot is cleared of snowy debris and adequately salted, it can prevent a whole slew of problems.
First Impressions Get One Chance
You might be the industry leader. You might provide award-winning service or medical care. You might have the most updated rental units in the city. But before clients and customers see any of that, they’ll interact with the exterior of your business. If walking across the parking lot feels more like playing hockey without the padding, that’s not good. You don’t want your customers to be frustrated with you before even entering the building. This leads to a poor first impression and could make them reconsider patronizing your establishment. Instead, you can nail the first impression by creating a safe pathway from their car to the door with professional snow plowing services.
Streamline Holiday Shopping
We’re in the midst of the holiday shopping season. With all those extra customers coming in and out, all that snow and ice gets tracked in where it ends up on the floor, creating slip and fall hazards indoors! Many retailers put down floor fans and extra mats, but there’s only so much they can do. Plus, all that equipment is loud and looks messy. If there’s no snow to track in the first place, you won’t have to deal with noisy fans and ugly gray floor mats. Dry conditions also make life easier for customers leaving your store. Most of us only have two hands, and when those hands are full of gifts, there isn’t a free hand to grab the door, shopping cart, or railing if things get slippery. If someone were to fall, they could hurt themselves and damage their gifts. Finally, snow removal services not only keep your customers safe and your store clean they also ensure you can fit as many cars in your parking lot as possible. When snow and ice cover up the parking lot lines, customers will guess where they should park. Unfortunately, this could result in the loss of parking spaces. When people can’t see the lines, they aren’t going to park as close together, which means cars are more spread out, and fewer vehicles can fit in your parking lot. And if the parking lot is prematurely full, potential customers may be forced to look elsewhere for their holiday shopping.
Find Professional Snow Plowing Near Westland
Do your future self a favor and take advantage of PPM Landscape Contractors Inc.’s commercial snow removal service. We’ll have your commercial property cleared well before clients arrive. We’re the first on the roads and the last to leave. If you’d like to learn more about this valuable service or schedule an appointment, give us a call at (877) 454-8733, or you can reach us through our online form here. To learn more about our other services, how to keep your yard looking great, and how to choose plants for your garden, check out our blog page!
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