Stretch Your Dollar: Tips for hiring someone to clear the snow

(WTNH / Tina Detelj)

(WTNH)– We’ve already seen some snow this season and we all know a lot more of it is on the way. We’re stretching your dollar with what you need to consider as you hire someone to clear the snow.

Ready or not, old man winter is on the way. Before the snow really starts to pile up, it’s important you have a plan to clean it up.

Experts at Madison Earth Care Services helped us with questions you should consider if you’re going to be hiring someone to do it for you.

“One of the things you want to know is, if the person has more than one truck or sander because if that truck or sander goes down, what do you do?” said Bob Blundon, Madison Earth Care Services.

Bob Blundon also says consider where they’re headquartered. Someone local may know better which neighborhoods tend to get more snow or need special attention. And make sure you clarify how they charge.

“Different companies price it differently. Some companies do a contract for the year. Some companies do it by the push, we do it by the inch. I think that’s the most fair way to get the best price because you’re getting what you pay for,” said Blundon.

Your driveway and sidewalks are the immediate need. Don’t forget about the other necessities like clearing your fire hydrants or a path for home heating.

“They have oil fills that need to be cleared and some people don’t have the ability to clear their walks. It’s important to reach out and talk to the professionals that do that for you,” said Jay Trottier, Madison Earth Care Services.

Whatever you choose, you want to think about your health and your needs before the snow really piles up. It’ll only be harder to hire someone, the longer you wait.

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