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What Would You Charge To Clear My Driveway? (Ownership costs Vs Hiring a Pro)

Here's the layout of my place. What would you charge to clear it using a two stage SB? I'm not looking for salting or sanding prices or cleared to the surface. I'm just trying to calculate the cost of ownership of my new machine versus hiring it out.

I thought the price of my new machine was very high but it seems like it was pretty low considering I've already used it three times, it would have been five times but it got here a week and two light snow storms late.

The white areas are where I can put the snow.

I'm just looking for rough guesstimates.

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originally thought $50, but with a second look id say at least $75 . and that price is just because i enjoy moving snow. ( i have never moved snow for $ since i was a kid with a shovel )

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I'm gonna start by saying location is very important....as labor charges vary drastically from city to city, state to state...for example, here in the Toronto area, your looking at atleast $200/month for something like that wether it snows or or not. And you mentioned "using a two stage", but unfortunately that is not up to you what the company would use. You would not be able to dictate what machinery they use...they could use a truck with a shovel for all you know, really depends on the lot and area, and where snow can be put.

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Many companies in my area also use the flat rate/winter service, where you'd pay a flat rate for the area wether it snowed or not.

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I would not even think of hiring some one .... If you had your own 2 stage you can do as needed when it is needed. Blowing or plowing snow is a rewarding job, I plowed and blew snow for our school district for 32 years and now 6 years since I took the golden hand shake. REWARDING yes because when you are done you can look and see what you did and how much better it is. vacuum the house and when done you can hardly see the difference, cut the lawn and the dandelions are still there.

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ou mentioned "using a two stage", but unfortunately that is not up to you what the company would use. You would not be able to dictate what machinery they use...they could use a truck with a shovel for all you know, really depends on the lot and area, and where snow can be put.
With all due respect, I beg to differ on this....
For the most part yes if it is up to them, they can use what ever they want to clean the snow with, but if a customer particularly requests snowblowing instead of plowing you have to stick to it (who PAYS decides, is their preference). I've seen a few scenarios where it gets done.
Now you can put a massive snowblower on one of the trucks (or a few companies here put snowblowers on small skid steers) and get done a lot faster, but you will have to snowblow it.

I as a customer would prefer snowblowing over plowing as well.

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can I use all the lawn area in front and behind the house and on the side of the barn or would I be restricted to just the areas you have highlighted? it would make a difference if you had a lot of snow. I do my elderly neighbors for free and sometimes the snow on their front lawn is as high as their front porch or about even with the hedges, a good four feet high or I will start at the occupied house south of me and blow snow north to the vacant houses north of me so I can blow snow into the backyards of those properties

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.....what about a one time $ value ? Eric is just trying to figure out how much he is ,or could be, saving by being a diy guy as compared to farming it out ,after his purchase of a new sb.

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With all due respect, I beg to differ on this....
For the most part yes if it is up to them, they can use what ever they want to clean the snow with, but if a customer particularly requests snowblowing instead of plowing you have to stick to it (who PAYS decides, is their preference). I've seen a few scenarios where it gets done.
Now you can put a massive snowblower on one of the trucks (or a few companies here put snowblowers on small skid steers) and get done a lot faster, but you will have to snowblow it.

I as a customer would prefer snowblowing over plowing as well.

Absolutely right, customer can request it... but wether the company agrees to it or not is up to them. They're going to charge a very high premium for it, especially if they're busy, and have many other homes to go do. I know a few companies that clean snow, and speed is their main priority. They're not going to walk up and down your driveway with a snowblower for 45 minutes or so, if they can plow it in 5 minutes, and have a guy or two with a shovel cleaning up against walls and such...

It really all comes down to how much the person is willing to pay, and how much time the company is willing to give you for the amount of money agreed on.


I've also seen various machines used on the same property. Snow blowers in tight spots, and plows in open areas where allowed.

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Absolutely right, customer can request it... but wether the company agrees to it or not is up to them.
I agree with your point as the company could agree or not.
All I tried to say was, if I want my property snowblowed and I am paying for that type of service, I am getting it or I would get another company to do it.

The OP is asking for a estimate on the service and he wants it snowblowed. I have no idea how companies charge.
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