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What determines snowplowing rates?

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Snowplowing rates are often determined by factors such as the amount of snow that falls in a particular location, the type of snow removal equipment used and the driving distance to a location. Snow removal contractors typically assess how much extra work is needed to prepare the terrain for plowing, and additional work sometimes leads to higher fees. Contractors can charge extra for clearing adjacent sidewalks. Requiring a faster response time is another service extra that figures into rates.

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Snow removal services use all sorts of formulas to calculate rates based where the customer is located and the equipment required to remove snow. In addition to snow removal, the contractor sometimes has to de-ice the sidewalks, driveway or parking lot. Customers who have driveways made of gravel or dirt should expect to pay more for snow removal, because these surfaces require more effort than concrete surfaces. Sloping and curvy driveways also require extra effort and result in additional fees.

Snow removal contractors use different types of equipment to clear away snow, including gas or electric powered snow blowers, snow throwers or snow shovels. Equipment rates depend on how deep the snow is, and the difficulty of clearing it away. Lower rates are usually charged for light snow removal involving a snow blower or shovel. Heavy-duty jobs calling for large equipment cost substantially more.

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