It’s that time of year again! No, I’m not talking about the happy, festive, let’s invite every last relative to our house, time of year. I’m talking about the time of year when we have to pull out our parkas, boots and mittens and start shoveling snow or scraping away ice from our driveways and sidewalks. As I was pulling out the 20-pound bag of kitty litter to spread over our front steps to add traction this morning, I started thinking about the top reasons to hire a snow removal service.
6. You live in a region of the country where snowfall is irregular, making the purchase of snow removal machinery like snowblowers and plows generally unnecessary. From time to time, Mother Nature does like to surprise us, so having snow removal service already arranged ahead of time will save you the extra expense of buying and maintaining all that equipment.
5. You live in a region of the country where snowfall is extremely frequent and you don’t want to spend all of your time clearing snow.
4. You have a really long driveway or entry that requires plowing, not just shoveling and you don’t have a truck on which to attach a plow.
3. You are a paramedic, doctor, midwife or other type of first responder. In this case, you can’t be spending hours trying to shovel yourself out. Some snow plowing companies offer a priority service to clients who need it, as long as this is discussed ahead of time.
2. You are a senior, have health issues or physical limitations that prevent you from shoveling. You obviously don’t want to be housebound for extended periods of time because of snowfall or an ice storm and you may not have any relatives nearby who can commit to coming by as soon as the snow falls.
1. Baby, it’s COLD outside! (Yes, I did just say that in my best Doris Day singsong voice.) Stay indoors where it’s warm, say, next to the fireplace with your peppermint hot chocolate, and let someone else bundle up and brave the cold!
Whether you just don’t like the cold, have other things that need to be done (like that latest home improvement project that you just started) or, you cannot physically dig out of two feet of snow yourself, there are plenty of reasons to hire a snow removal company this winter. Don’t sign a contract with the first person you talk to though. Be sure to do your research, check references and find out what their insurance policy covers.
Have I forgotten anything? What other reasons do you have for hiring a snow removal company? Leave us a note in the comments section below.