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The Costs Of Snow Plowing
Many commercial property owners new to collecting bids for commercial snow plowing are a little shocked at the cost. “How hard can it be to plow my own lot?” they asked themselves. While certainly most people can learn how to safely remove snow, there are a lot of costs that go into snow
removal that are not always accounted for. Let’s go through just some of the costs that go into snow plowing.
The Cost of Snow Plowing Equipment
The most obvious expense is going to be a snow plow. With a bottom end plow or a decent used plow coming in around $4,000 and new, contractor grade plows costing up to $7,500 after you throw in installation, the plow isn’t cheap.
Do you think your plow is going to last you 10 years? Unless you only plow one or two driveways or a small parking lot, think again. The nature of plowing means snow plows get beat up…a lot. Many professional contractors are replacing their plows every 3 years, and if there are light winters or they are extra ginger in how they plow, maybe another one or two winters can be squeezed out of them.
What gives a plow a short life span is, as the plow is being pushed along the ground, you hit hidden objects…lots of hidden objects. The trip springs will lighten (again lighten, not eliminate) the impact, but there are times you will accidentally knock the edge of the blade or you will hit a really big object under the snow. The snow plow takes continual pounding which is hard on the hydraulics and the frame of the plow. After a while, you WILL need to repair or replace the plow, so be ready.
It is not just your plow that takes a beating. The transmission on your vehicle feels all of those jolts as well. If you have a one-ton truck or smaller that you intend to plow with, plan on replacing your transmission or your vehicle every few years. On the low end, that is another $3500 for the transmission or on the high end you could spend $50,000+ on that new pickup of yours (love those leather heated seats).
The Cost of Snow Plowing Documentation?
A professional commercial snow removal company will document all the work they do with date and time stamps plus the best companies taking before and after pictures. That documentation will be retained for up to a decade. Were you planning on documenting all of your work? You wonder why someone would even bother.
The reason to document your work is to ward of frivolous lawsuits. Someone could bring a slip and fall suit against you literally years after they supposedly fell on your property after a snow storm. If you did not properly document the work you did, be ready to pay an average of over $15,000 per lawsuit.Hidden Costs
Who is going to plow for you? Oh, you will save money by plowing yourself? Yet your time is still worth something, because you could have been doing something else to either make or save money. That time is lost. Even if you plow at night and go in for a full work day, you will be far less efficient and less effective because your mind does not function as well when you do not get a full night sleep.
Other costs are going to include fuel (plowing is not a fuel-efficient activity), replacing your tires more often, and replacing your truck battery every 2-3 years (plowing is hard on your truck’s electrical system too).
Then there are the little costs that add up. Most plow guys will have the constant flow of caffeinated beverages to keep them awake during the wee hours of the morning. You will also want to spend a few dollars on extra warm clothes for when you are out of the truck shoveling.
On top of all the dollars that are going out, you also have to remember you have to remain available to remove snow from October through March and every once in a while, in April or May too! That means no overnight trips can be planned, important meetings need to be rescheduled when a storm rolls through, and make sure you don’t get sick or injured, because you will still need to be out there removing the snow no matter what happens.
The added benefit of using a professional commercial snow removal company is you never have to lose any beauty sleep to ensure your property is safe for vehicles and pedestrians.
Those are the big costs, though I am sure we missed some items. If you are still thinking of snow plowing on your own, good luck and be safe!