With snow fall comes the indispensable task of snow removal. While your old shovel can help you carry out the task, it might not be of much use during heavy snow falls. In addition to that, carrying out the task on your own may lead to pain and injury. Hiring a snow plowing service is a wise choice to keep your house and commercial outlet free of snow for the entire season. But hiring a snow plowing service has its own unique issues. Snow plowing contracts are an essential part of such services. If not given a considerable amount of thought, it could invite unnecessary legal hassles. Before finalizing snow plowing contracts, make sure you pay heed to these key factors.
Defining liability on the part of both parties must be an important part of your contract. This is especially needed in the case of possible damages or conflicts. What if the sidewalk is damaged or a family member slips and gets injured, who will be liable in such cases? You or the contractor? Define accountability on the part of both parties to avoid unnecessary conflicts.
By being honest and specifying the areas with pre-existing damages can save you from this issue. You must also go through the contractor’s policies and discuss with them any questions on liability issues. Deliberating over before drafting the contract will save both parties from disputes.
The weather has been unpredictable in recent years, so it is essential to take it into account and outline any extra charges that may occur. Weather does not remain constant each day, so will you be required to pay additional compensation in case of extreme temperatures or blizzards. If so, clearly define this as well as the compensation charges in your contract. Apart from this, the time period within which they are required to work, overtime charges if any, factors beyond anyone’s control and conditions that might not allow work to be carried out must be clearly outlined in the contract. Specifying contingencies and limitations will avoid frictions.
Scope of work
Is the contractor responsible for shoveling the whole area or just the parking lot? Which sidewalks come under their care? Which areas need special attention? Specify your needs and allow the contractor to map the area. Specify every location that needs work, those which need special attention or priority. Together with this, also define the depth of snow to be cleared taking into consideration weather conditions.
As a contractor, if you are providing snow and ice management services then you must not the use word snow removal in the contract. For example, you probably are not removing the snow, just pushing the pile from a specific area to another and dealing with ice. Clear definition of the scope of work and services will provide clarity and avoid possible conflicts.
Specifying what is NOT included
It is equally important to define in the contract, the services that will not be provided. For example, the contractor may not be responsible for sweeping up the sand. Specifying these things in a contract is essential for the smooth execution of the contract.
Contemplating over these factors will assist you while drafting snow plowing contracts. Before drafting a contract, discussions with the snow plowing service provider is crucial to protect and provide clarity to both parties.
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