Is getting a snow removal annual contract smarter than paying for services as needed? It can be a bit of a gamble — each has its pros and cons.
Let’s first assume that you don’t want to move the snow yourself, so some expenditures will be necessary — the question is how much. The answer is that it depends on the job you want done.
Here are some questions a snow removal company likely will ask you:
- Where do you live? If it’s a remote location, at the end of an unpaved road, etc., you will likely pay more, and you may not get service as quickly as someone in a more easily accessible area.
- Do you need plowing, snow blowing, shoveling or some combination? If the company needs to bring a lot of equipment and load and unload it, a fee may be involved.
- How big is the area you need cleared? Is it a driveway, sidewalk and walkway? How many cars can you fit in the driveway? Are there stairs? Generally, the more snow you need cleared away, the more it costs.
- Are there steep slopes or other obstacles? These make the job harder.
Once the company has the answers to these questions, it should be able to provide you with a quote, either over the phone or by mail or email. Ask for quotes for a one-time service and for an ongoing contract.
Throw the Dice
If you go with the one-time service option, the advantage is that you may pay less than someone with a flat monthly fee — if it doesn’t snow very much. If it’s a snowy winter, the customer with the contract may come out ahead.
Either way, you will likely pay a higher rate per clearing on an as-needed basis than you would with a contract — bulk purchasers get discounts!
Another disadvantage for single-service customers is that they come after contract clients, so you may have to wait. After all, most companies give priority to high-paying customers. This may not matter to you, but if a exceptionally bad snowstorm hits, you may be waiting quite a while to get dug out.
If the snow is particularly deep, you may pay a surcharge as well. It takes more time and effort to clear away 2 feet of snow that it does 8 inches.
You may think February is too late to contemplate a snow removal contract, but it’s not. Utah has a full month of potential blizzards left, and at least another month of snow after that.
If you’re looking for a one-time snow removal service, call Earthworks Landscaping. We can give you a quote on the cost of a contract for the rest of the season too, as well as information about getting a contract for next season.