Your drive’s size will affect the price of an annual snow removal contract.
Long or big drives. Expect to pay more for an especially long drive or the area for a four-car garage. Additionally, professionals typically charge more for dirt or gravel drives, as they take longer to clear and de-ice than concrete. If your drive slopes sharply down or is very curvy, you may have to pay for the extra time spent clearing the path.
Extras. Be sure to ask if anything else you want cleared — sidewalks or walkways, for instance — are included in the price.
Equipment used. The type of equipment your professional uses affects the contract price. Typically, the less time spent on your driveway, the less you will pay. Snowblowers take less time than shoveling but aren’t appropriate for tight, closed-in areas or certain surfaces. Make sure your contractor understands the specifics of your situation.
Response time. How long it takes a company to respond counts. You may pay more for a company with a fast response time versus paying less for a longer wait time.
Where you live. Snow removal costs also vary based on your area. If you’re in a climate likely to get a lot of snow, you can expect to pay more annually. However, you can also expect to lock in a reasonable per-clearing rate because there’s more work each season.
Other contracts can cover a specific number of clearings a season. If you need more than specified, expect to pay more for each added plowing.