For this winter, it might be beneficial to sign an annual contract with your snow removal company. With these contracts, you are guaranteed service throughout the year. You don’t want to wait hours for a team to show up and clear the snow from your property. Before you sign on the dotted line, here are a few things to expect regarding your contract’s costs.
Types of Annual Contracts
There are several types of snow removal contracts. They all have their benefits and disadvantages. The most popular agreement is the time and materials (T&M) contract. With this agreement, you only pay for the services at your property. For the most part, it can be hard to predict the average snowfall for the year. If you need a set budget, this plan might not work out for you. With a T&M contract, you never have to pay for services that were not used at your site.
With a per inch contract, you pay a defined price based on your property’s snow accumulation. When the snow levels reach another price level, you can expect to pay more for snow removal services. You only pay for the equipment and labor that were used at your site. Depending on the snowfall for the year, your rates can go up and down.
Some companies offer a per push contract. This type of agreement is excellent for those who want to know how much they will pay for each snowstorm. From salting to clearing sidewalks, you must outline all the operational costs at your property. If there is a massive storm, that could be considered an additional occurrence that will incur additional charges.
Finally, the seasonal contract is often called a fixed fee or lump sum contract. With this contract, you pay a set price upfront and know your costs for the entire year. Many of these agreements cover multiple years. If you have above-average snowfall one year, it will make up for those years with little snow. With these contracts, they have a way of balancing out throughout the years.
The Cost of Different Snow Removal Methods
Depending on your property size and services needed, the cost can vary from job to job. The national average cost ranges from $75 to $150 per hour. Many of these prices are lower if you sign an annual contract with a professional snow removal company.
The type of equipment used on your property also plays a vital role in determining the costs. For the most part, shoveling by hand will require more crew members and time to remove the snow. If you have a T&M contract, you have to pay for the equipment and labor hours. With smaller areas, you can expect the costs to be lower. In general, shoveling by hand can cost between $50 to $100 per hour. The costs can range from $30 to $90 per event for those per inch or per push contracts.
Snowblowers make an efficient way to remove snow from a driveway or sidewalk. They are faster than hand shovels. These machines often require fewer crew members at your home or business. The costs for snowblowers to remove snow are about the same as a shoveling crew. These prices range from $50 to $100 per hour.
Snowplows are considered the most efficient way to push snow from a driveway or parking lot. If you have a small space, the snow could be cleared in under an hour. When the snowplow comes to your property, the snow is piled into one part of your space. However, you can request to have it hauled away for an additional charge. You can expect to pay $40 to $90 per hour or $75 to $150 per snow event for these trucks. If you want to have the snow and ice removed quickly, then this is your best bet. However, these services are not suited for sidewalks or narrow paths.
If you have a large property, you can expect your snow removal company to use various methods to clear the ice and snow. You should talk to your contractor to find the best ways to keep your home or business safe this winter.
Prices Per Inch
The location of your property is another cost factor for your snow removal. If you live in a part of the country that sees significant snowfalls, you will have a greater chance of paying more for those “big” snow events. With that extra snow accumulation, the contractor needs more equipment and time to clear the snow from your property. There are often additional fees for snowstorms that produce more than 6 inches. For example, if you pay $60 per hour to remove 6 inches or less, you can expect to pay $20 per hour for those additional inches.
Discounts for an Annual Contract
If you sign a year-round contract, you probably will get a break in the price. An annual snow removal contract costs between $300 and $600. Many of these companies will average the amount of snowfall and labor costs for the season. For those who live in an area with heavy snowfall, your contract price could be higher.
In most instances, the contractor will visit the property and assess your costs. You can decide which contract will work best for your budget. With an annual contract, you have a few advantages over other customers. You are usually the first client to get plowed as others have to wait for services. For many people, that is a big plus for signing an annual contract.
We’re Ready To Help This Winter
If you are concerned about removing snow from your property, you will want to hire a professional snow removal company. At Charlestown Landscaping, we offer a wide range of services for this winter. With us, you never have to worry about breaking out the snow shovels or plowing your property again. We provide annual contracts for that added peace of mind. Don’t wait! Make sure to fill out that contact form to schedule a consultation for your property.