A good snow removal service?

snow plow closeupThinking ahead, Valerie asks via Twitter:

Have you guys done a piece on snow removal services on Ask AOA? I'd love to contract someone for the winter.
I'm actually wondering if anyone does a pay-upfront service where they come as much or as little for a single, flat rate.

This is probably a good time to start getting something like this lined up. Because if you wait until it snows (which, let's face it, could be next week), it will probably be a lot harder.

So, have a snow removal service suggestion for Valerie? Please share! And please include details about the arrangement, if you can -- you know, ballpark price, flat fee, per-visit, whatever.

Comments

I used Gavin Boyer with Touch of Green Lawn Care for years. He was prompt, friendly and he usually had one or two guys with him and they'd even shovel out my carport and clear off the walkway (not part of my "package.") Plus, you have his cellphone and can call him if you'd rather he not come, or if you want him early in a smaller snowstorm.

His number is 527-9830.

Cody from "Codys Landscaping "is a great worker, very fair priced and is a sweetheart. He comes as much or as little as needed. He works hard and is very personable. He has the sweetest little girls ages 2&3. He also does sidewalks, driveways and throws salt down all included in his pricing. Give him a call 5189273577

I think it depends on where you live. A "little guy" in Guilderland isn't driving up to Saratoga to plow your driveway.

Would highly recomend Skyview Landscapes, fairly priced and reliable.

Contact:

e-mail: skyview1@gmail.com
Phone: (518) 433-0293

Since this will be my first year out of the snow business in quite some time, I can give you a truely unbiased opinion. Call around, this is a great time of yearto get an estimate. Get proof of insurance, this is a big deal and alot of "plow guys" don't carry any. Get references if possible. If you choose to go with a seasonal price, upfront, make sure you have a signed contract...nothing worse then realizing you got scammed when your late to work with a foot of snow on your driveway. Don't always go with the cheapest quote. It's worth it to pay for professionalism. Have a conversation with the contractor. Some know the business, some really don't. There's a big difference between a "plow guy" and a snowcare professional.

http://www.oldjims.com/

Albany Nursery on Delaware Ave. offers a winter package w/ upfront payment and contract, unlimited visits in small or large snowstorms. We've used them and they are reliable! I think the seasonal rate is around $400, if memory serves.

Fair rate plowing /grass/dumpster services
Rates are by the plow/mow not by the season
I do the capital dist area call 518-470-0929

" the seasonal rate is around $400"

That's outrageous.
As a teenager I would kill for an opportunity to shovel someone's driveway a dozen times a year for this amount of money.

Not teenagers these days....

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

A quick recap of the week

Here are a few highlights from the past summer week on AOA: + Lauren explored Hudson Crossing Park. + A historian said he's determined the... (more)

Stuff to do this weekend

In an effort to appreciate the last few bits of summer, AOA is starting our weekend a little early. (We suggest you do the same,... (more)

Pizza o'clock

The results of this analysis of college takeout orders is probably indicative of one (or some) of a few things: 1) GrubHub is popular at... (more)

New York has a big economy, but...

Macroeconomic fact of the day: New York's gross domestic product (GDP) was $1.3 trillion in 2013, according to figures out this summer from the federal... (more)

A series of eight loud bangs

Mike DeMasi got a walkthrough of the process for imploding the Wellington annex in downtown Albany from the projector coordinator for the demolition company. Noted:... (more)

Recent Comments

I had the pleasure of experiencing protected bike lanes in Montreal recently. It really made for a fast, efficient way to move both bike & car traffic. As a biker, it was easy to see how to navigate a busy road, and it was nice to have a bit of buffer/safety from traffic (or just knowing that the possibility of a car swerving in to you was incredibly low because of these features). As a driver, it was nice to see all of the bikes in one area, so that you don't have the errant biker who decides to blow through most of the traffic signals the wrong way down a street.

Stuff to do this weekend

...has 2 comments, most recently from tim

A bit more about protected bike lanes in Albany

...has 19 comments, most recently from Hargh

98 Acres in Albany

...has 3 comments, most recently from Kobe

Moving help for hire?

...has 6 comments, most recently from laiskiainen (Jason)

Pizza o'clock

...has 1 comment, most recently from Michelle