Landscaping Lansing, Michigan

Sneller Landscaping, Grand Rapids, Lansing, MI

For many years we have been landscaping Lansing commercial properties after our multi-location clients asked us to service them beyond where we started in the Grand Rapids area. We maintain a service center year-round in Lansing to provide you the best service possible.

Whether you have a retail facility, rental properties, or even a home owner’s association, we will be there to provide you expert and professional service to meet your needs.  We have worked hard to be your landscaper of excellence in our capital city, and we think you will be pleased with the culture we have created within our team making your property stand out for its beauty while creating a safe environment.

Our trained staff not only keeps your property looking good, but our service goes beyond just the landscaping.  Expect uniformed, friendly, polite employees who know your reputation is on the line as well as our own.  We will take care of your property as if it were our “showcase” landscaping property…the same we treat the property of every one of our clients, knowing people will make assumptions about the inside of your business based on what your business looks like from the outside.

We currently serve a large number of commercial clients in the Lansing area.  As we said earlier, we have been landscaping Lansing businesses for over many years now.  We specialize in snow removal and lawn care, but we have experience in every area of landscaping and can handle any of your needs.  We have specialized in serving commercial clients because we know your needs are different from the average home owner, and our passion is to be the best at meeting your needs as a business.

We understand your landscaping not only needs to “sell” your business, but landscaping and snow removal is part of ensuring the safety of your clients and employees.  We proactively share with you progress reports about our work on your property and document what happens every time we are on your property.  You will never feel like you have to play babysitter with us as your landscaping company because of our streamlined documentation system.

Our documentation is extremely important to reduce your risk of slip and fall lawsuits in the wintertime.  Sneller Snow Systems is one of the few snow removal companies in the country ISO 9001/SN9001 certified in snow removal processes allowing you to have high confidence we will perform the promised work to a high standard as well as faithfully provide you the documentation you need to stay protected from lawsuits.

We eagerly await hearing from you about providing you a competitive quote.  Feel free to give us a call at 616-868-4900

 

Landscaping Grand Rapids, Michigan

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For over three decades we have been landscaping Grand Rapids commercial properties.  Whether you have a retail facility, manufacturing facility, rental properties, or even a home owner’s association, you can expect expert and professional service to meet your needs.

Our trained staff helps you look good through how we keep your property, but our service goes beyond just the landscaping.  Expect uniformed, polite employees who know your reputation is on the line as well as our own.  We will take care of your property as if it were a “showcase” landscaping property as we do for all our clients, knowing people will make assumptions about the inside of your business based on what your business looks like from the outside.

We currently serve a large number of commercial clients, everything from hospitals to shopping malls to homeowners’ associations.  Our extremely high retention rate of Grand Rapids Landscaping clients is a testimony to the high quality of service we provide at competitive pricing.

We specialize in snow removal and lawn care, but we have experience in every area of landscaping and can handle any of your needs.  As we said earlier, we have been landscaping Grand Rapids businesses for over three decades.  We have specialized in serving commercial clients because we know your needs are different from the average home owner, and our passion is to be the best at meeting your needs as a business.

We understand your landscaping not only needs to “sell” your business, but landscaping and snow removal is part of ensuring the safety of your clients and employees.  We also know you don’t want to play babysitter with your landscaping company.  Therefore, we proactively provide status updates about our work on your property documenting everything thoroughly.

Our documentation is extremely important to reduce your risk of unnecessary slip and fall lawsuits in the wintertime.  Sneller Snow Systems is one of the few snow removal companies in the country ISO 9001/SN9001 certified in snow removal processes so you can have high confidence we will not only complete the promised work to a high standard, but we will faithfully provide the documentation you need to stay protected from frivolous lawsuits.

To server you best, we have two locations in the Grand Rapids area.  Our main facilities are in Byron Center and we have a satellite location within the city limits of Grand Rapids (for dispatching crews only, if you want to “stop by” please visit our Byron Center address).

We look forward to hearing from you about a competitive quote for our services.  Feel free to give us a call at 616-868-4900.

Top 10 Reasons Why To Love Commercial Snow Removal

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We talked to Mike Stevens, Editor in Chief at Snow Plow News, about what he thought are the top ten reasons why to LOVE commercial snow removal.  We think he came up with a pretty good list.  Check it out!

10. You Get to Play with Big Toys!

I’m sorry, but moving snow with a Cat 950 is just plain fun!

9. You Get to Save the Day!

It is about helping people out.  Snow removal at a single location can literally protect thousands of people.  We have a noble profession right up there with firemen, police officers, and hospital staff.

8. Big Piles of Snow!

Admit it, you used to have fun making those big piles of snow when you were a kid.  Now looking back, you think those 3 foot piles are nothing compared to your 20-foot high piles 100 feet long!

7. You Get a New Obstacle Course Every Snow Fall!

While some things stay the same, vehicles and people are always moving around you.  You have to keep alert and focused to do a great job and to keep from hitting that shopper that thought it was a good idea to leap in front of you!

6. It’s Just You and Your Truck Baby!

Maybe it is a loader or a skid steer or something else, but you don’t have someone sitting next to you telling you how to do your job all day long.

5. No One Limits Your Coffee or Caffeine intake!

Whether your favorite is coffee, Mountain Dew, or something else, let the good times roll!  Your Momma is not going to be asking if you really want that next cup.

4. You are Working While Others Are Sleeping.

There is something enjoyable about getting a whole lot of work done while Average Joe needs his beauty sleep.

3. You Have Time to Think About Life

While you have to stay alert, let’s face it, when it is just you, your machine, your cup of coffee, and Mother Nature, you get to think about life…or forget about it and just sing at the top of your lungs to the music you are blaring in the cab!

2. You are Tested to the Extremes

You feel like a Real Man (or Real Woman) when you are out conquering the snow Mother Nature has dished out over the last 60 hours.  Bring It On!

1. You Never Get Pushed Around because You Do All the Pushing!

Need I say more?

Thanks for your input Stevens.  Here is to the next snow season we all love!

HB-5230 and the Impact On the People of Michigan

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HB-5230 is a Michigan state bill passed through the House on May 24th, 2016.  The long and short of the bill states that commercial property owners cannot move their liability for winter safety on their property completely to the snow contractor.  Worded in a different way, if a property owner is responsible for hazardous conditions on their property, then the property owner needs to be held accountable.

The bill is meant to solve a problem.  The problem comes in when a property owner who cares little about the safety of people on their property has the bright idea that they can just move the risk of lawsuits over to the snow contractor.  To be clear, we are NOT talking about all property owners, nor even responsible property owners that ask their snow contractors to take on additional liability, just the few bad apples that ruin the day for everyone else.

Bad Apples Ruin It for the Rest of Us

The bad apples first put in the snow removal contract that ALL winter weather related accidents are fully the responsibility of the snow contractor meaning any slip and fall lawsuits become 100% the snow removal contractor’s responsibility.  Then the property owner ties the snow contractor’s hands by limiting what work can be done to make the property safe specifying what they will and will not pay the snow contractor to complete.

Do you see the problem?  It is as if your eldest child does something wrong and yet you discipline the youngest child for what happened.  That makes no sense.

It is a real problem when the person who dictates what will be done to keep the property safe does not pay any consequences if someone gets hurt.  These unethical property owners take the cheapest level of service they feel they can get away with because the cost of safety is someone else’s problem.  This practice puts everyone at risk so now we can look at who wins with HB-5230.

Pedestrians Win

When the right people are held accountable, customers, employees, and tenants on Michigan parking lots will be kept safer.  When the risk of a lawsuit comes back to the property owner, more property owners will do what is right for Michigan residents and keep safe parking lots and walkways.

Insurance Companies Win

Safer properties mean less lawsuits, clear and simple.  If the insurance company is not stuck defending against a preventable lawsuit, they are definitely happy.

Snow Contractors Win

The biggest winner is the inexperienced snow contractor who is not aware of the dangers in signing a contract where they take full responsibility for any lawsuit.  Many smaller companies have closed their doors when caught in this trap with a significant lawsuit at hand.

Bigger and experienced snow removal contractors, like we here at Sneller Snow Systems, also win, because our insurance rates stay lower when snow contractors as a group have less lawsuits.  Lower insurance rates mean we can keep our rates reasonable, which leads us to the final winner.

Responsible Property Owners Win

Most property owners want to keep their property safe.  Their diligence means happier customers, employees, and tenants.  They also keep their costs down because one bad accident can easily cost tens of thousands of dollars.  With less people getting hurt, there should become a secondary benefit of better insurance rates and snow removal rates for everyone.

Who Loses with HB-5230?

The only person that really loses with HB-5230 are the people that do not want to take responsibility for their own actions.  Since these people can no longer pass the buck, when a lawsuit comes, they will have to foot the bill.

Safer Michigan winters, people being held accountable, and keeping costs in check, doesn’t that sound like the right thing to do?  We agree and we look forward to maybe seeing this piece of legislation becoming law one day soon in the state of Michigan.

Why Care About Your Snow Removal Contractor’s Equipment?

When you hire a snow removal contractor for your property, it is important to find out what kind of equipment they will use to handle snow removal on your property.  The wrong equipment can mean below standard snow removal and possibly cost over-runs for you.  Just like you want a certified electrician, and not your local handy man, to replace your building’s transformer, you want a professional commercial snow removal team protecting your property during the winter.

This week we had a chance to talk to Jered Shuknecht, Marketing Director at Pro-Tech Manufacturing and Distribution, Inc., a manufacturer of containment (box) plows in Rochester, New York.  Shuknecht shares with us why skid steers, end loaders, and backhoes, as well as box plows, are necessary for commercial snow removal and why you should care as a property owner or property manager whether or not your contractor uses them.

The Right Equipment Helps with Employees

Shuknecht started the conversation with employees, which honestly threw us for a loop.  How does a box plow help with employees?  “Plowing is hard to do, even with containment plows, but using containment (box) plows is a lot easier.”  Shuknecht went on to share it is easier to train an employee to plow with quality and for the employee to be successful at doing a good job with a box plow on a skid steer instead of a truck and a standard plow.  This is especially true when plowing large areas where windrowing snow is not an option.

Not only is it easier for employees to do a good job on your property, you need less employees overall.  “Our testing showed our containment plows can move up to 500% more snow than a truck plow.”  So, what took four people using four trucks with four plows in a large parking lot can now be done with a single employee in less time.

“You basically decrease the need for equipment and staff members,” Shuknecht points out.  That allows your contractor to hire better quality employees, train them well, and whom you can be sure are on site every time the snow flies, ready to move snow in a professional manner.

Less Break Downs

Containment plows like Pro-Tech Sno Pushers, are simpler pieces of equipment than a truck plow.  The truck plow has its own electrical, hydraulics, controls plus extra frame and hinge parts that don’t exist on a box plow.  The containment plows are mounted on machines meant for rugged work on construction sites, while your average truck is primarily designed as a machine for driving on paved roads.

It is not just the plow that breaks because truck plows are hard on truck transmissions, electrical systems, and other systems on the truck. While commercial snow removal companies will use some truck plows, you will also find they rely significantly on other equipment as well.

In the end those differences in equipment mean less maintenance and less equipment break downs.  Maybe you are a property manager who has struggled with the same excuses year after year “we would have had your lot clean, but we had an equipment breakdown,” all the while you are thinking that lawyers don’t care why your property was not clear, they just know your property was not clean while they file a slip-and-fall lawsuit against you.

That means there is real value to you as a customer just knowing the contractor’s equipment is unlikely to break down at inconvenient times.

Shuknecht observes about companies that invest in specialized commercial snow removal equipment, “It points to the seriousness, professionalism, and commitment a contractor has to the commercial sector.”  Shuknecht chuckled as he shared that his dad’s old truck with the old plow might be fine “for clearing snow for his 20 buddies,” but it is not what you want for a commercial property.

The Right Equipment Means Faster Cleaning

Faster cleaning is good for the contractor, but it is good for you too.  Think back to the four truck plows needed to clear a lot, racing through, trying to avoid your customers and employees while they are racing around your lot…talk about stress for everyone.  Now “just one loader can move slowly along, clearing your lot faster, without getting in anyone’s way,” Shuknecht points out.

Faster cleaning then translates to a better customer and employee experience on your end because the snow removal crew is done fast with no one feeling like they keep on getting in the way.

Truck Plows Can’t Do What a Box Plow Can

There are two key things a box plow can do that a truck plow can’t which impacts you as a property owner.  First, a truck plow can’t effectively stack snow.  “A truck plow does not have the ability to stack snow and shelf it.  They just don’t have the height clearance,” Shuknecht notes.

With a truck plow, you generally are not going to see snow stacks higher than 4 feet, but even a small skid steer can push snow over 10 feet high.  Shuknecht goes on, “A truck plow pushes (the snow) horizontally and windrows snow instead of pushing it forward and stacking it vertically.”  In other words, since the pile can’t go up, it goes out…over your parking lot, taking up space that could have been used for paying customers or for employees.

The other thing a truck plow can’t do well is back drag, or pull back the snow.  This is especially important for parking lots that are in use during a snow storm.  A skid steer with something like the Pro-Tech Pullback Sno Pusher can reach between parked vehicles to clear out a vacant parking spot of its snow.  That does not work with a truck plow.

Most truck plows don’t even clean down to the pavement when pulling the snow backward.  The few truck plows that can clean backward still do not capture all of the snow, instead losing snow around the edges of the plow, leaving piles of snow next to the vehicles that are parked adjacent to the spot just cleared.  A skid steer with the right box plow can grab all of the snow out of one parking spot at a time without leaving snow pushed up against parked vehicles.

While today’s discussion focused on plows, the conversation goes far beyond just plows.  For example, at Sneller Snow Systems, we use special pieces of equipment to treat busy sidewalks, software for documentation, live monitoring so you can get instant updates regarding the progress of snow removal on your property, and other tools that meet the needs of commercial clients.

It All Adds Up

If you have a commercial property and are serious about keeping your lot and walks safe, you definitely need to ensure the company you hire has the right equipment to do the job right.  Pro Tech has spent 25 years building containment plows used on commercial properties and Jered Shuknecht told us “we are known for our commitment to quality in our products and our customer service.”

The team at Sneller has been helping commercial property owners keep their property safe for decades.  We would like to extend to you our own promise of commitment to excellent service for your commercial snow removal needs.  Give us a call today for a free snow removal quote!