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Snow Removal Cost


How Much Does Snow Removal Cost?

 
average costMedium: Rates Can Run $25-$75 an Hour; Contracts Can Run $30-$45+ Per Stormhigh costHigh: Snow Blowers Start $100-$500
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Snow can be beautiful but also backbreaking if you're having to heft it in a snow shovel. Less strenuous snow removal generally means either buying power equipment or hiring someone to do the work for you.

Typical costs:

  • Also called snow throwers, snow blowers start about $100-$500 for electric snow shovels or snow throwers for light snow removal (generally less than 4 inches deep). For up to 7 inches deep or heavier snow, single-stage gas snow blowers are good for moderately difficult conditions and cost about $350-$800. For tough jobs -- a large area, steep slope, heavy snow -- a two-stage gas snow thrower that can clear a path 28-30 inches wide may cost $1,000-$3,500 or more.
  • Charges for one worker using a shovel, snow blower or a mower with snow blade attachment can run $25-$75 an hour, and the time required will depend entirely on conditions and the size and type of area to be cleared. Clearing sidewalks and walkways is more time-consuming than plowing driveways, and will generally cost more.
  • Contracting with a company to plow a standard driveway (of average length and with a two-car garage) varies considerably depending on location, but can run about $30-$45 per storm; longer, steep or gravel driveways can be $50-$65 or more depending on the length, slope and condition of the driveway. A Conneticut homeowner[1] paid about $45 per storm of 3 inches or more for a 25x40 driveway and 130 feet of sidewalk. Hiring per storm or on an emergency basis could cost more.
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What should be included:
  • Electric snow throwers are less powerful than gas models, but easier to store; they're good in areas that don't receive a lot of snow, or for clearing extremely small areas. Single-stage gas snow blowers don't work well on slopes. Two-stage gas throwers first break up the snow then blow it out through a chute in two separate actions, and are generally considered the best buy if you tend to have snow more than 6 inches deep or snow that is heavy, wet or icy, or on a steep slope or rough gravel surface
  • Equipment used for snow plowing can range from a truck with a plow attachment, a tractor-mounted snow blower or a large front-loader (a tractor with a front blade). Ask which types of equipment a company uses, and exactly how the snow will be removed on your property. Some homes are laid so that the driveway is parallel to the garage door and plowing the driveway can leave a snow bank in front of the garage door. It's important that the plowing contract specifically include removing such a snow bank. A plowing contractor should view your property before the snow starts to determine what sort of plowing challenges exist.
Additional costs:
  • Some plowing contracts set a limit on the number of plows per season, then charge a higher price for additional visits. Some companies include sanding and salting as part of the plowing contract rate and others bill it as an extra charge.
Discounts:
  • You can often get a better deal if you sign a plowing contract before the snow season begins. Owners of vacation homes may get a better contract plowing rate if they agree their property can be plowed last, after occupied residences.
  • Some public works departments will plow selected private driveways for a minimal fee of $25-$50, but do the work on a time-available basis and may skip doing private driveways in order to clear more roads.
Shopping for snow removal:
  • CNN provides brief tips[2] for buying the right snow thrower; a snow blower collector shares his detailed shopping suggestions[3] ; and Consumer Reports offers a buying guide[4] .
  • Ask neighbors, family and friends for recommendations for snow plowing services operating in your immediate area. Estimates are subject to change, so request bids or quotes. Be sure you understand exactly what's included (plowing, spreading sand or salt, who provides materials), when additional charges may apply and, if it becomes necessary, what it will take to end the contract. Request and check references. Make sure the company/contractor is properly licensed, bonded and insured, and check for complaints with the Better Business Bureau[5] .
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"Typical cost"
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Posted by: Rohn Stewart in Mpls., MN.Posted: October 14th, 2011 11:10AM
In my experience snow brooms are good for moving only 1/2" of snow.

Snow bowers are rated by horse power (i.e. 5hp) are good for up to 4"
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Driveway and Private street
Amount: $100.00
Posted by: John Giottis in Niantic, CT.Posted: August 26th, 2011 12:08AM
I have a wraparound the house driveway that is kinda long. I usually pay around $75. The contractor Ryan agreed to plow my private street on the way to and from my house. I saved at least a $100 on the street. It might not seem like much but I asked three other companies to do the same and they responded with $150-250 quotes. I been getting my driveway cleared for over ten years and I have the same rate locked in for this year.
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MARTINEZ SNO PLOWING 100 foot drive way.
Amount: $60.00
Posted by: happy custumer in Milwaukee, WI.Posted: January 28th, 2011 10:01PM
arrived promtly and is always polite with us and neabors dose charges extra for salting but is fare with his prices. phone # (414)507-7355
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External Resources:
  1.  www.city-data.com/forum/connecticut/181067-snow-removal-cost.html
  2.  money.cnn.com/2004/11/22/pf/saving/willis_tips/index.htm
  3.  home.gwi.net/~spectrum/snowbuying.html
  4.  www.consumerreports.org/cro/snow-blowers/buying-guide.htm
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