Per Push vs Seasonal Snow Contracts: Which Snow Removal Option Is Best?

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When the snow starts piling up on your commercial property and Olympic ice skaters could train in your parking lot, you need that frozen stuff gone.

But there are different ways to get there.

You can pay a snow removal contractor “per push,” paying each time they plow your property through the winter months.

Or you can opt for a seasonal contract. Pay one fixed price to have your property plowed for the season, no matter how many — or few — times it snows.

Which method is best for you? It depends.

Here’s a look at both snow removal options.

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A Look At Per Push


Per push is exactly like it sounds: you pay the snow removal contractor every time crews show up at your property to plow.

How often they plow depends on the “trigger depth” you and your contractor agree on ahead of time. Trigger depth is the amount of snow accumulation that needs to fall before plowing begins. Typically, it’s between one and two inches.

Per push is a good snow removal option for no-nonsense property managers who prefer to pay as they go.

Cross Your Fingers For A Mild Winter


Per push is very straight forward: when it snows an inch — or whatever trigger height you settle on — crews arrive to plow. Then you pay the bill.

No snow? No bill.

Choose per push, and you hope for a mild winter.

If it’s a brutal winter, and crews come dozens of times, you have to bite the budget bullet and pay up.

Be aware: if you get a heavy snowstorm that lasts several hours, your property will likely need two or three visits throughout the day to keep things clear. Each visit is a “per push,” with its own fee.

It’s tougher to nail down your snow removal budget with this option, since you don't know how many per push visits your property will need.

Seasonal Contracts


Seasonal contracts are great for property managers who want to arrange for snow removal, then forget about it.

Huge snowstorm? Don't worry about it — you know your property will be plowed. Have fun — go build a snowman. You’ve already paid for the whole season. No worries about draining your budget bit by bit every time the snow piles up.

Of the two snow removal options, a seasonal contract is easier for budget planning, because your snow removal costs won't vary wildly month to month through the snow season. You pay the same fixed amount, no matter how many times your snow removal contractor ends up plowing your property.

Typically, these seasonal contracts are multi-year. That way, the mild winters and the heavy-snow winters usually balance out.

A word about that contract: be sure it’s very clear on exactly what services you get when, and for what price.

Trust Your Snow Removal To Outback Landscape


Whether you decide to pay for snow removal per push or with a seasonal contract, you want fast, skilled, reliable service that will keep everyone who works at or visits your property safe.

At Outback Landscape, we’re snow experts. Our skilled team monitors the weather and prepares for storms three to four days out for our clients.

Our staff includes certified snow professionals, and we’re also insured for snow removal. All of our snow removal equipment has GPS systems on board and is well maintained.

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Exceptional Service, Whatever Option You Choose


Per push or seasonal contract? Either way, we give you what you pay for — a complete menu of snow removal services, including snow plowing, hauling and ice melt applications. We only use environmentally friendly de-icing products, so they won't harm your property’s turf or plant materials.

Located in Idaho Falls, Idaho, we serve residential and commercial properties in Idaho Falls, Rexburg and Pocatello, Idaho, as well as Bonneville, Madison and Bannock counties.

Contact Outback Landscape for a free snow removal estimate at 208-656-3220, or fill out the contact form to schedule an onsite consultation.

Don't wait until you’re snowed in.

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