Fair plowing prices

ORANGE, Conn. (WTNH)– Many people turn to private contractors to help them clear their driveways. But before you pick up the phone, we want to make sure that you know you’re getting a fair price.

Some tackle it themselves, others pay. Either way this snow is wet, heavy, and it’s hard to move

“It’s been pretty tough. We had some pins break and we’ve had a lot of issues with equipment,” said Frank Clancy.

And dispatching that equipment is Stacy Skoldberg.

“The calls start the minute the weather people mention there is going to be a storm,” said Skoldberg.

She says people call them when other plow companies do a no-show or charge too much

People are often surprised they think they’re getting a better deal if they go with someone local as opposed to going with someone who is licensed and insured.

She says if a plow company is insured, they cover any property damage. If they’re not, most homeowner policies say it’s on the homeowner to foot the bill.

And when it comes to paying for this?

“Fifty dollars and up for single story… Fifty to eighty foot long driveway about a car and car half wide. That’s standard industry pricing,” said Skoldberg.

And she says if they come twice in a day, expect to pay double. Something Clancy might have to do tonight, as another wave snow is forecasted.

When asked if he’s sleeping tonight, Clancy said, “probably not, but this is what we do.”

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