Snow Plowing & Salting FAQs

Here are some items that will factor into the cost of your project:

1. Length and width of your driveway. The contractor will likely base their fee on the amount of time it will take to accomplish the job. The more surface area to plow, the higher the fee.

2. Do you need the entire driveway plowed? It may be more cost effective to allow the contractor to simply plow a car-wide path rather than plowing the entire surface.

3. Is your driveway paved? Plowing a gravel driveway often takes more time than plowing one that is paved and may result in a higher cost.

4. Do you have a snow removal contract? It is often more cost effective to have a seasonal contract for driveway snow removal rather than simply calling the contractor on an “as needed basis.”

5. Do you want the driveway treated with sand or salt? Salting  does cost extra, but will make driveway easier to navigate and should prevent icing. If  your driveway has a steep grade salting and sanding may be necessary. 

6. Is there a cost benefit to pre-marking reflectors or snow markers? Gauging the area of the driveway is often difficult without markers or reflectors. If the contractor is charging by the hour, the job may take longer if the contractor is slowed because the outline of the driveway is not marked.

7. Do you need the snow removed?  There will be an additional cost if you require the snow be hauled away.

8. Do you need walkways and/or paths cleared? The cost for snow plowing usually covers the labor for pushing the snow to the side or end of the driveway. There will be an additional cost if you require the snow be shoveled or blown from walkways.

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