How much does commercial snow removal cost?
Hiring a professional snow removal company to clear snow around your house or business can be daunting task. Commercial snow removal companies vary greatly in their size and the services they have to offer. Come winter season and it’s the time when their services are in high demand, considering you live in an area where snowfall is particularly heavy.
You can definitely do a little bit of clearing up yourself. Basic salting and shoveling, or blowing away to clear a path, but when the snow piles up feet high and the temperatures fall well below freezing point, it I time to call a professional. Selecting a commercial snow removal company involves research. You must, however, do all research well before the start of the snowy season, especially if you are a business yourself. Having a snow removal service already booked is a smart choice as you don’t want to be scrambling for one in the peak season and get charged insane rates. So research and select your commercial snow removal service well in advance.
A basic part of the selection process has to be the pricing. The cost of commercial snow removal can make or break your decision to select a particular company. So what can you expect? There is really no exact answer to that question since rates can vary quite a lot. There are a lot factors in play, the weather being a major one. The more snow, the higher rates as increased demand for commercial snow removal services drives up the price. It goes without saying that the weather can be really unpredictable.
There are definitely certain benchmarks. For example, the starting price for six inches of snow is $75 to $95. Generally this cost increases with every half of foot of additional snow. Larger areas cost more.
Commercial snow removal services are also not charged in the same manner. Some companies charge by the hour, others by area, and still others by event. There may be a fixed rate which then increases depending upon the demands of the job (bigger area or more snow). Snow plowing and removal are seasonal businesses so providers definitely want to make the most of it during the season. Sometimes it is more lucrative to charge per event, other times area wise is better.
Since there are so many factors into play; the amount of snow, location of the site, amount of work required, equipment needed, potential dangers etc, determining the cost can be real challenge. Currently, an estimated $25 to $75 per hour are charged for shoveling and the cost of snow blowers is in the same range. Snow plowing is $30 to $95 per visit or event. Finally, removal of snow from the rooftop is $250-$500.
As can be seen from the estimates above the range is quite large. This is simply because so much depends upon external factors, a lot of which are very hard to predict. You can have idea of the costing, but to get an accurate amount calling up and asking for a quote is best.
Try to get the quote early on when the market is still a bit damp and get the best rates. Pay the deposit and enjoy discounted prices, as [price is only going to increase as winter arrives.