We’re in the dead of winter (hello, polar vortex!). Depending on where you live, there’s a strong likelihood that snow is piling up on the driveways, sidewalks, and rooftops. Slips, falls, and roof damage are top of mind. As you consider the options, your time, effort, and money come into play. You confront the age-old question, “Do I clear the snow myself, or hire a snow removal service to do it for me?”.
Three Reasons Why Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Snow Removal Makes More Sense
1. Save money
You pay a steep price for the convenience of snow removal services. Snow removal companies often charge per hour and even per snowfall or storm. What’s more, these companies can charge extra for such things as:
- Rooftop snow removal
- Long driveways, sidewalks, and walkways
- Types of equipment needed
- Response time
- Location (urban vs. suburban vs. countryside)
- Average snowfall per year
2. Remove snow on your schedule, not theirs
You’re knee-deep in snow, and you want it cleared. Unfortunately, snow removal companies won’t always abide by your plan and your sense of urgency. Snow removal service companies prioritize their commercial customers over residential. They also factor in their overall workload, available personnel, and schedule. Their practice does not bode well for your rooftop which has been accumulating snow for days and is showing signs of snow loading and ice dams. As you book your appointment, you may be waiting for days if not weeks. Given the option that you can use a snow roof rake begins looking like an excellent alternative!
3. Get some exercise
Shoveling snow can be a great workout! If you’re in decent shape and have the green light from your healthcare professional, clearing snow from your driveway, sidewalks, and rooftop can get your heart pumping and kick your muscles into high gear! Given the right tools and method, DIY snow removal can work your upper body and core. According to Harvard Medical School, shoveling snow can burn approximately 223 calories per 30 minutes, depending on your weight, age, and metabolism. When done properly, snow removal can be completed safely without injury.
With the proper tools and methods, DIY snow removal is not as complicated as you may think. Snow removal companies, on the other hand, work on their schedule and often come with a hefty price tag. Given these points, DIY snow removal makes a lot of sense, while saving you more cents!