Snow removal advice for the 2017 season

Choosing to hire a snow removal service will save you time, money and possibly any removing-related injuries. It can be hard to predict what your snow removal costs will be because it’s hard to predict the weather, but what is predictable is the time and hassle saved from hiring a service. Snow removal services are highly negotiable compared to other types of contracting work. Homeowners shouldn’t be afraid to seek a rate that’s more suitable for their needs. In heavy snowfall regions, there will be a number of contractors available to handle this type of work, so there’s no reason to avoid shopping around for the best snow removal rates available.

The cost of equipment can range in the thousands of dollars

Taking on your snow removal project by yourself is always an option and can be done by any homeowner. Below is a cost breakdown of common snow removal equipment: Snow Shovels There are plenty of options when it comes to snow shovels, from the shape of the shaft, to the size of the blade and the function of the shovel itself. These will affect the cost of the snow shovel because of the quality and durability. The cost of snow shovels range from as low as $15 to more expensive shovels around $45. The shovel you choose is dependent on the work you need to get done and the type of snow you’re removing. Snow Blower The cost of snow blowers will be dependent on whether you choose an electric or gas-powered model. Both will get the job done and be more efficient than a snow shovel, but they are more expensive and are more of an investment, especially if you live in a region with heavy snowfall. An electric powered snow blower will cost as low as $100 and be as high as $900 for a heavy-duty model.

The average cost will be around $250 for a good quality electric snow blower. A gas-powered snow blower will cost as low as $250 and be as high as $2,300. Gas-powered models will be more expensive due to the durability and added power. The average cost will be around $750 for a good quality gas-powered snow blower. Snow Salt Spreading salt to break down ice and prevent slippery walkways and steps is the easiest of the DIY snow removal options. This small project will take the least amount of effort and doesn’t require the strain on your back from lifting snow. Snow salt will vary in price mainly from the amount that you purchase and the brand of the salt. The cost of a bag of snow salt will be as low as $10 for a 50 lb. bag and as high as $35. Snow Melting Mats Snow melting mats are another easy DIY project that take little to no effort, besides installation. Installing a snow melting mat is simple and is as easy as placing the mat on the surface area you want to keep cleared of snow. Turn on the mat 30 minutes before any snowfall to ensure the mat is heated and ready for the snowfall. Prices for surface areas are below: 20”X60” Walkway Mat: $139.95 Stair Mat: $59.95 Entrance Mat: $129.95

Snow removal tips for the Do It Yourself dad or grandfather

If you’re looking to take on the snow yourself, here are some tips for clearing your driveway after that snow storm. There are a lot of equipment options for you to choose from but some may be more effective than others. The most popular option for snow removal is a snow blower. There are two options, either electric- or gas-powered. Both vary in price and efficiency, so choose the one that works best for your driveway and weather conditions. If you enjoy some physical labor and aren’t in a rush, then you can’t go wrong with a shovel. There are a lot of options when it comes to shovels from small to large, aluminum or plastic, and straight shafts or curved shafts. All of these can help to make your chilly chore a little easier or a little more work on your back.