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How Much Does Snow Removal Cost?

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$114
Typical Range
$52 - $183
Low End
$32
High End
$400

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Snow Removal Prices

Removing snow from your home costs an average of $114 with a typical range of $52 and $183. Larger properties with longer drives, more sidewalks or requiring roof clearing can run upwards of $400 or more. Hiring someone to plow costs $30 to $50 per visit while sidewalk shoveling or snow blowing runs $25 to $75 per hour. Most companies also clear roofs for an additional $250 to $500.
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. On average, 11,500 people go to the emergency room each year in the US with shoveling-related injuries - from strains to heart attacks. Hiring a plowing professional to take care of it can save a lot of time, hassle and pain.

Snow Removal Service Costs

Though most professionals charge seasonal or event prices from $50 to $450 or more, they almost always figure costs based on hourly rates. Pricing is figured by how long it will take one person to move a certain amount of snow in an hour plus equipment and overhead.

Snow Removal & Plowing Price List
Shoveling$25 to $75 per hour
Blowers & Throwers$25 to $75 per hour
Plowing$30 to $95 per event or visit
Roof Removal$250 to $500

Different contractors might use different tactics to clear your sidewalk or walkway. What they choose to use - shovel, blower or plow - depends on the conditions, size and type of area to be cleared. Your professional will pick the equipment best suited to complete the job quickly and thoroughly.

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Professionals charge using multiple cost models. They don't charge per square foot but do almost all their pricing by figuring the amount one person can move in one hour plus overhead and equipment costs.

Pricing is done one of the following ways:
  • Per hour - $25 to $75. Usually used for manual removal with shovels or blowers/throwers.
  • Per season - $350 to $450. Typically has an upward limit of visits/clearings.
  • Per event - $30 to $75. A snowstorm is an event. This pricing method is typical in areas with either short periods or not much total annual accumulation.
  • Per push/visit - $30 - $50. Each time the area is cleared, even if it's multiple times per storm.
  • Per inch - $60 to $95. This is typical for up to 6 inches of snow. Add $30 for each additional 6 inches.

Snow Plow Rates

Plowing runs $30 to $95 per visit. You can also hire them on a seasonal basis for $350 to $450 with a maximum limit of visits per season.

Snow Shoveling Prices

The average homeowner can expect to pay $25 to $75 per hour for shoveling services per crew member.
This is one area that homeowners can consider hiring less-experienced local providers. Though you may be tempted to hire the neighbor's kid, consider who ends up paying for the scratched car or torn lawn if something goes wrong. Always hire a service that provides guarantees and insured work.

Snow Blowing Estimates

Snow blowing services tend to run about the same as shoveling services or $25 to $75 per hour. In some cases, the two are synonymous. The service has slightly more overhead with gas and equipment costs, but they make up for this with the volume of work they can accomplish.

Salt Application Rates

Expect to pay $20 to $40 per application. Some areas require that sidewalks remain clear and free of ice for public use, especially if you're near public spaces like schools and parks. HOA's typically cover some or all the plowing as part of the HOA fees. Check with you homeowner's association and city government for what is and is not your responsibility.

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Average Cost of Snow Removal by Location

Costs range from $50 to $200 on average depending on your need. A simple drive is much less expensive than a drive plus sidewalk. Add in salting or sanding and you can easily hit $200.

Cost to Plow a Driveway

It'll cost $30 to $50 to plow a driveway up to about 60 feet in length and two car stalls in width. In some cases, this includes the sidewalk along the street.

  • Optionally, heated driveways cost $12 to $21 per square foot but this means removing and installing new asphalt or concrete. Once installed, you'll never need to plow or shovel again. Just turn on the heat and it all melts quickly.
  • Heated pads for sidewalks and porches run $100 to $450. These lay directly on your sidewalk and walkways.

Plowing typically leaves a pile at one end of your driveway. Make sure to talk to your 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.

Snow Plowing Quotes for Parking Lots

Plowing a commercial parking lot runs anywhere from $50 to $150 per hour depending on what additional services are required. Often, salting and sanding are included in the price.

Seasonal contracts cost less per visit though you'll need to clarify if each snowstorm requires multiple visits or just one after the event is over.

Roof Snow Removal Cost

Removing it from a roof runs $250 to $500. It's only necessary with extremely heavy snowfall that may damage roofs or cause injury to people passing under the eaves.

Roof heating cable systems cost $400 to $1,200 or $20 or more per foot. The systems alone cost $200 to $1,000. Theses systems use heated cables attached directly to your roof to melt snow as it comes down and after it's settled. They replace the need to remove any buildup on your roof.

Charge for Sidewalk Plowing

Sidewalk plowing runs $25 to $75 per hour. In many locations, local ordinances require public sidewalks to be kept passable and clear. This means you can get fined for not shoveling. But this only refers to the sidewalk running along the street. The walkways in your yard cost the same to clear but aren't required to be.

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Snow Removal Pricing Factors

Plowing, blowing, shoveling and removal all come down to a few simple factors.

Removal vs. Snow Plowing

RemovalPlowing
Removes ItPushes it to one side
Multiple CrewmembersOne Crewmember
Higher costCheaper
Takes more timeTakes less time
Leaves no pilesLeaves berms
Extra EquipmentOnly needs a plow

Removal indicates that the service includes loading the snow into trucks and hauling it to another location. It requires extra equipment and usually requires extra labor, increasing the cost considerably.

Snow Removal Contract Pricing

Seasonal contracts run anywhere from $350 to $450, or more for commercial properties. They are generally cheaper than per-visit pricing. Optionally, you can go the DIY route and rent a snow plow if you have the experience and the right truck.

Companies that offer lawn services in the summer months will often offer annual contracts or roll over unused portions of winter contracts for summer use.

Some companies charge for a certain amount of clearings, and if you surpass that amount, the costs increase for the season. Just make sure to ask in advance how they charge for a full season of removal. Some may charge by the season versus per plow.

Residential Snow Removal vs. Commercial Plowing Rates

Commercial contracts run higher due to higher equipment expenses, include sanding and salting, and often must deal with obstructions in parking lots. Often, commercial contracts include agreements to visit the property multiple times during a snowstorm.

  • Residential: $25 to $75 per hour. $30 to $50 per visit.
  • Commercial: $50 to $150 per hour. $50 to $100+ per visit.

Driveway Size

The size of your driveway will affect 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.

Special Conditions

If your driveway is especially steep or curvy, then your costs might increase. Reflected in the price is the added time it takes to navigate complex, steep or curved areas.

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FAQ

How Much is a Snow Blower?

For the avid DIYer who wants to do their own clearing without the back ache, blowers and throwers run $100 to $2,300 for purchase or $75 per day for rental. In areas with frequent and heavy snowfall, this might be a wise investment. In most areas with infrequent storms, a professional service is more cost effective.

What is the Price of a Snow Plow and Installation?

The price of a plow depends on the type of vehicle you'll mount it to.

  • Truck - $4,000+
  • UTV - $800+
  • ATV - $400+

Can a Pro Plow a Gravel Driveway?

A professional who plows gravel driveways uses experience and the right equipment to keep the blade just slightly off the ground. This prevents damage from the gravel drive.

What is the Best Home Snow Removal Equipment?

The best home removal equipment is a blower. Though a shovel is cheap, running only $15 to $60, there are too many ways to injure yourself.

What is the Cheapest Way to Remove Snow?

The cheapest way is a shovel and a little DIY time. But it's not always the most practical. Small task-based services offer pricing of $60 with local service providers.

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DIY vs. Hiring Snow Removal Contractors

DIY for this requires no special skills or experience, though it helps. Follow these safety tips for shoveling if you plan to do it yourself.

Hiring a snow removal contractor saves you time, hassle and the risk of injury. Don't wait until it snows, find a local contractor near you to line up a seasonal or per visit contract today.

DIY Plow Rental

One DIY option is to rent a plow. Plowing is hard on trucks and utility vehicles. It's tough on the suspension, brakes, engine, and transmission. Consider the price of repairs before committing to a rental.

  • Truck Plow - $100 per day, $300 per week or $650 per month. It's a feasible option for rural homeowners with long drives and a 3/4 or 1-ton pickup they can devote to just plowing for 3 to 4 months.
  • Utility Vehicle Plow - $20 per day, $65 per week, $129 per month. An option if you only get one or two months of winter weather and want to put your ATV or UTV to use.
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Kathy Ruscitti More than 1 year ago
Ia there a special rate for senior citizens?
karen young More than 1 year ago
is there a special rate for seniors with health problems?
Debra Parris More than 1 year ago
We are both senior citizens if that might affect the price...
Theresa O'Brien More than 1 year ago
Is there a special rate for senior citizens?
Clara Chorny More than 1 year ago
Is there a senior discount.
Tina Parisi More than 1 year ago
narrow driveway, snow blowed only
Mary Keiffer More than 1 year ago
cost too high for a small driveway-----40ft
Lee McIntosh More than 1 year ago
Want the snow to be blowed NO PLOWING
Howard Dillenburg More than 1 year ago
Snow removal by lower or shovel.  Special discount for Seniors??
Donna Jung More than 1 year ago

Haven't talked to anyone yet about the specifics.


Beverly Gralnick More than 1 year ago
haven't spoken to anyone as yet so can't comment
Patricia Sullivan More than 1 year ago
Is there a special rate for seniors . Are contractors on time to remove the snow.
JoAnn Daly More than 1 year ago
I called quality landscapers, and they stood me up twice. And I was snowed in. As far as a special rate for seniors, I don't know. But there should be.
JoAnn Daly More than 1 year ago
$150. 2 sidewalks and 1/4 of my driveway

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