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Living in a colder climate inevitably means dealing with the snow. While it may look pretty and can be fun for kids to play in, it can be a headache - or backache - to deal with when it comes to your driveway or sidewalks. A lot of homeowners opt to deal with snow themselves, but hiring a professional to take care of it can save a lot of time and hassle. It can be tough to predict what snow removal costs will be, especially since you can't predict the amount of snow you'll get. But the prices may not be as high as you might think. There are a few factors that will influence the price of snow removal
The size of your driveway will affect snow removal costs, but usually only in bigger increments. The difference between a one-car driveway or a four-car driveway, for example, probably won't make much of a difference. But if you have an especially long driveway, or a driveway made out of gravel, then the snow removal costs will be higher.
If your driveway is especially steep or curvy, then your snow removal costs might increase. This will take a plow longer to clear than a standard short, straight driveway so that will be reflected in the price.
Snow Removal Equipment
Different professionals might use different tactics to clear your sidewalk or walkway. A snow blower or thrower will take less time than shoveling, which will keep snow removal costs down. But what they choose to use will depend on the conditions and the size and type of area to be cleared. Be certain that your professional will pick the equipment best suited to complete the job quickly and thoroughly for any situation as they typically need to keep with up with all of their customers throughout a storm.
Some companies charge for a certain amount of clearings, and if you surpass that amount then the costs increase for the season. Just make sure to ask in advance how they charge for a full season of snow removal. Some may charge by the season versus per plow. One-time removal may be an option, as well, but tends to cost more.
Preventing Snow Plow Piles
Snow plowing typically leaves a pile of snow at one end of your driveway. Make sure to talk to your snow removal company about how this will be taken care of. You don't want the pile to end up blocking your mailbox or your garage, but it's something that should be agreed upon from the beginning.
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