• Joseph Pacocha

Take your pick……… Choosing the best snow plowing and ice control contract for a Chicago winter!

Updated: Oct 23, 2021

The winters in Chicago and it’s surrounding suburbs have become very unpredictable to say the least.


Even though meteorologists do their best to provide “forecasts” of anticipated winter weather, we just never know for sure.  As property owners, we must continue to plan and make arrangements for the very best outcome possible for our families, tenants and customers. Snow and ice management services need to be responsive, complete and evolve to meet the ever-changing individual site requirements at hand. Our team at Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. offers several ways to perform snow and ice management services.


Please find the following seasonal agreement information and associated service detail located just below for your review.


  • Unlimited Seasonal Contract: Any/all snow plowing, shoveling, ice melt applications, etc. will be performed for a fixed non-fluctuating seasonal fee.  Normally invoiced in full at beginning of season or monthly (November – March).

  • Limited Seasonal Contract: Limited number of snow plowing, shoveling and/or ice melt applications will be performed before incurring an additional predetermined fee (per service, per accumulated inch, per hour, etc.).  Normally if service exceeds specified limited contract quantities (number of service visits, applications, snow accumulation, etc.), client will be invoiced for additional predetermined fees at the end of a calendar month, season, etc..

  • Per Inch: Snow plowing and/or shoveling services are performed and depending on actual snow accumulation at time of service (determined on-site or by third party meteorologist), client is invoiced for each individual snow clearing visit at the predetermined contracted rate (i.e. 1″-3.9″ = $10.00, 4.0-7.9″ = $15.00, 8.0-11.9″= $25.00, etc.)

  • Per Application: Ice melt applications are made before/during/after winter precipitation has occurred.  Client is invoiced for each individual ice melt application property visit made.  Depending on site conditions, budget, temperatures, etc. multiple ice melt materials are commonly used (sodium chloride, calcium chloride, magnesium chloride, etc.)

  • Per Event: Any/all snow plowing, shoveling, ice melt applications, etc. are performed and invoiced at the end of a snow event.  Usually each “event” is defined as continuous snow fall beyond 1″ and within a 24 hour period)

  • Time & Materials: Any/all snow plowing, shoveling, ice melt applications, etc. are performed and invoiced according to predetermined hourly and/or material rates.

  • As Needed Only: Any/all snow plowing, shoveling, ice melt applications, etc. are requested by the client normally after winter precipitation has occurred.  Pricing for needed services are normally provided just before work begins on-site.  In my opinion, this is the most unpredictable and most expensive way to purchase snow and ice management services.

  • Any combination of the above

As always, our team at Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. remains ready and able to service your property 24/7/365.  Be sure to let us know if we can provide winter related service information for your residential, commercial or industrial property. We would love to help!




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