Questions to ask before you hire a plow

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — This latest round of snow  may have you thinking about hiring help to clear the driveway rather than doing it yourself again, but there are some questions you should ask so you don’t pay more than you’re expecting.

We all know it’s convenient to just hire someone to clear snow when it falls, but how much do you know about what you’ll actually end up paying for and do you know if you’re paying too much?

Despite a mild start to the season, winter weather is officially here. The last few rounds of snow may have you ready to throw in the towel when it comes to cleaning all this yourself! Before you call a plow to come clear your driveway, we’ve got your back with a few things to consider so you don’t pay more than you’re expecting!

Madison Earth Care’s Bob Blundon suggests you start with asking how they charge.

“There are three different ways they may charge. There’s pricing per plow, pricing her inch or pricing per season,” Blundon said.

If you agreed to a price you’re comfortable with, but then they come multiple times per storm, you could pay double or triple what you were expecting. So you also want to ask when they come to plow. It’s better to specify what works best for you.

“Think about what kind of driveway you have and what you’re going to need.  How often you need to get out. If you’re an older person and don’t need to be out right away, it’s not as important,” he added.

Also, make sure they have insurance in case something happens. It’s not unreasonable to ask to see their paperwork to make sure it’s current.

Blundon says your driveway will likely cost $50-$100 to plow.

There are a lot of plow services out there. If choosing a local company is affordable to you, one benefit is they know the ins and outs of your community to know which neighborhoods need more attention.

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