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Cleaning snow yourself after a big storm will certainly save you money, but hiring a professional snow removal service to do the work will save you time, aches and pains, and the risk of a slip and fall accident. Especially around the holidays, you'll want to make sure that your home's driveway, sidewalk, walkways, and decks are safe for people to walk on. By making plans for snow removal before the busy season starts, you'll be ready when the first flakes start to fall.
Snow Removal Considerations
Keep the following points in mind as you assess whether a snow removal service is right for you.
- Protect Yourself: If you are a senior citizen or have a history of health problems such as high blood pressure, handling shovels full of heavy snow for hours at a time probably isn't what the doctor ordered. Seniors, furthermore, are especially vulnerable to slips and falls, making thorough snow and ice removal especially important for this age group.
- Holiday Rush: The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is one of the busiest of the year - and also a time when you can expect a winter storm. Rather than skimping on snow removal due to time constraints, let a pro take care of it. Your holiday guests will thank you.
- Guard Against Liability: If you own property that is rented out to tenants, snow removal is part of your responsibility to them. Not living up to this duty could result in an injured tenant who could turn around and sue you for negligence.
- Nighttime Cleaning for Smoother Mornings: Homeowners who have an early commute must wake up even earlier when winter weather buries their car and driveway in white stuff. It's possible, however, to schedule plowing the night before. While there might still be some snow come morning, you won't have to get up at the crack of dawn just to get out of your driveway. And for even easier snowy mornings, you might look for a service that can dig out both your car and driveway.
- Service That Suits You: It could be the case that you're only looking for a snow removal service to use on an as-needed basis (that is, when winter unleashes its worst icy fury). Other homeowners, however, might benefit from a service that shows up every time it snows. This is especially true for homes with long driveways and walkways, large areas of sidewalk and patio, and those in out-of-the-way areas. Whatever you decide on, it's best to decide now, because once winter storms are a fact of life, snow removal experts might be too busy to fit you in.
Snow Removal Service Costs
- Expect to pay anywhere from $50 to $250 for snow removal, with a median price of $100 to $150.
- The actual cost of snow removal will depend on the size and type of the areas to be cleared, whether your driveway is relatively straight or has an unusual layout, the amount of snow, the type of equipment used, and whether you've worked out a pricing arrangement ahead of time (the price per cleaning will likely go down for a recurring service, while a one-time service typically costs more).
- Many snow removal companies can also clear the snow from your roof, preventing damage and the risk of a collapse. This service only needs to be done occasionally, if at all, and costs $300 to $500 (learn more about roof snow removal).
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