Seasonal Snow Removal

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!

Stuck Inside

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.

Worth It

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.