Snow Removal Pricing
In areas where it snows regularly, many households and businesses prefer to sign a contract with a company that provides snow removal throughout the winter season. Snow removal pricing can be tricky however. The most obvious issue is the area that needs plowed. How large is it? Will sidewalks require plowing? Will the plowed surfaces need to be treated with an agent to prevent icing and refreezing issues?
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The total snowfall tends to also be a factor in its own right. In most heavy snow regions, contracts may include higher rates for amounts of snow greater than six inches of accumulation. This is because the extra snow builds up faster in the plow and requires the contractor to take smaller swipes, ultimately costing the contractor extra time, fuel and wear and tear on equipment.
Costs for removal of up to six inches of snow begin at a national average of between $75 and $95. Some contractors will charge a lower fee for removal of smaller amounts, such as two inches. A good rule of thumb for any removal project over six inches is to add $30 per additional half-foot of snow. Thus, removal is six inches might start at $85, while removal of 18 inches would cost $145.
Many contractors require a deposit, usually around $50 at the beginning of the season. This deposit is generally refunded at the end of the season as long as the customer does not cancel.
Salting treatment services alone cost about $40 per session and include sidewalks. Households with longer driveways and businesses with large parking lots are typically assessed additional charges based upon the total space in question. Most contractors define an overly long driveway as being 70 feet or longer in total distance. Additional treatments with materials other than salt may also be available, especially in regions that experience temperatures well below zero.
Snow removal services are highly negotiable when compared to other types of contracting work. Homeowners shouldn’t be afraid to seek a rate that’s more suitable for their needs. In heavy snowfall regions, there will be a number of contractors available to handle this type of work, so there’s no reason to avoid shopping around for the best rates available.
Last updated on May 20, 2016
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