Tips for Hiring a Snow Removal Contractor

7 things consumers should look for. Insights from Heads Up Landscape Contractors in New Mexico.

Heads Up Landscape Contractors offers insights into what consumers should look for when hiring a snow and ice removal contractor. Serving New Mexico since 1973, Heads Up is a full-service company providing design, landscape construction, re-vegetation, irrigation, xeriscape conversion, grounds management and snow removal.

1.  Go with a contractor you trust. Prices can vary widely and are usually based on the amount of work involved in clearing your property. Heads Up charges based on the time we are out at the site plus the cost of any material needed.

2.  Ask the contractor about additional charges and price options. After the snow reaches a certain depth, some snow removal contractors charge by the inch, so find out how the company calculates charges.

3.  Make sure that you are aware of which services you are getting. Are the walks and steps included? What about the cost of sand and/or salt? Will the company clear only after the storm, or during the snowfall as well?

4.  Understand what triggers snow/ice removal. Is it up to you to contact the contractor? Or will they come based on inches accumulating? Who decides? Are weekends included?

5.  Ask for references, and check them out.

6.  Do not agree to the terms of the contract over the telephone. The contractor should provide you with a written agreement.

7.  Be realistic with your expectations. Remember that a snowstorm makes traveling difficult for the contractor, too. During major snowstorms, it may take longer for the contractor to arrive.

Award-winning Heads Up Landscape Contractors was founded in 1973 by Gary Mallory as a two-man residential lawn sprinkler service. Forty-three years later, Heads Up designs, installs and maintains New Mexico’s top commercial and residential landscapes, and leads the xeriscape industry as one of the top 100 landscaping companies in the country. Heads Up has also been named Best in the City for landscaping services by the readers of Albuquerque The Magazine, and Best Landscaper in the Albuquerque Journal’s Readers Choice Poll.