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Getting somebody to clear the snow

Hi, Can you pay somebody for a day to clear up the snow / rent the snow plough machine? Can you give me some hints on which companies to check with? Its for today - so don't have much time to plan

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Hi, Can you pay somebody for a day to clear up the snow / rent the snow plough machine? Can you give me some hints on which companies to check with? Its for today - so don't have much time to plan

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Good luck finding anyone at < a day's notice.

Up here you'd need to contact a "Hauswart" company - they usually maintain appartment blocks etc and clear the paths/parking of their blocks pretty early in the day. No idea how much they would charge an individual for one house - for one visit though.

Snow clearing machines cost many CHF - starting at 1,000chf - although you'd want one with electric starter -and then ideally keep in a garage otherwise it can be a bitch to start when cold.

Otherwise - get out the snow shovels - the wooden ones with a metal edge I find to be the best - once cleared throw some salt down (keep in a sealed plastic container and wear gloves when you throw it down.
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Old 02.02.2015, 10:15
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Re: Getting somebody to clear the snow

Get a teenager in the neighbourhood! He'll probably be quite happy to do it a lunch time or after school for 100 CHF!
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Old 02.02.2015, 10:18
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Re: Getting somebody to clear the snow

Maybe a good idea to indicate why you're such a lazylion, to do it yourself, like most other people.
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Old 02.02.2015, 10:41
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Re: Getting somebody to clear the snow

If you haven't got a seasonal contract - these are usually with a garden firm - if you are rural you might ask a local farmer if he could do it. Most farmers have snow plow attachments to their tractors.

You could also ask at your Gemeindehaus - they will know who in the area does snow removal. Sometimes you can even hire the city workers on a private basis, assuming they have free time. Be aware, though, that many villages employ the farmers to do snow removal, so they might all be spoken for today.

On a one-off basis, in heavy snow, expect to pay ca. 500-1000, depending on how much plowing needs to be done. (That's the going rate in Ausserschwyz - YMMV.)

If it's an emergency, or if it has to be done by a certain time, the price might be even higher.

If you negotiate a seasonal contract, the price per clearing will be less. But you will pay a basis amount even if there is no snow that year.

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A less expensive alternative is a teenager and a shovel. Expect to pay above ca 100-ish and a mug of hot chocolate and cookies - perhaps a bit more depending on how much needs clearing.

A shovel from Hornbach start at CHF 25 - and I do it myself.

(Around here the postman doesn't have to deliver the mail if the path is not cleared.)
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Re: Getting somebody to clear the snow

Just don't let that snow set... No one likes clearing hard snow
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It depends!

Thick compacted snow isn't too bad - thin compacted icy snow is. The former can be removed relatively easy in a 2 man (person team) - one with a snow shovel and the other using a normal garden spade with a vertical cutting motion.

Depending on location it can be better/easier to compact than clear.
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Re: Getting somebody to clear the snow

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Re: Getting somebody to clear the snow

Just have to make sure the outlet is angled towards the neighbours driveway.
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On a one-off basis, in heavy snow, expect to pay ca. 500-1000, depending on how much plowing needs to be done. (That's the going rate in Ausserschwyz - YMMV.)

If you negotiate a seasonal contract, the price per clearing will be less. But you will pay a basis amount even if there is no snow that year.
Yikes! It's not cheap to remove snow in Switzerland!

For comparison, we live just over the border in France. We have a contract with the local groundworks company to plow our 200m long driveway. It costs about EUR75 each time they come, which includes plowing and salting. They're usually finished before I'm out of bed.

Beats doing it myself!
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Yikes! It's not cheap to remove snow in Switzerland!

For comparison, we live just over the border in France. We have a contract with the local groundworks company to plow our 200m long driveway. It costs about EUR75 each time they come, which includes plowing and salting. They're usually finished before I'm out of bed.

Beats doing it myself!
That's just willy waving!!!

Can't you just drive up and down it a couple of times in your Range Rover

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Re: Getting somebody to clear the snow

Wish you were closer...as my two young adult sons are free today! They are keen to make pocket money! They can drive and are strong.
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Hi, Can you pay somebody for a day to clear up the snow / rent the snow plough machine? Can you give me some hints on which companies to check with? Its for today - so don't have much time to plan

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Yikes! It's not cheap to remove snow in Switzerland!
If you have not planned ahead and need it badly, you'll pay through the nose. Selber schuld, the Ausserschwyz motto.


Lazylion, won't help for last minute work today, but for future reference: In many neighborhoods the homeowners group together to negotiate a snow removal service contract. Much more efficient for the removal firm and thus much less expensive for each homeowner. You might talk to your neighbors about doing something similar together for the rest of the season or next year.
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Re: Getting somebody to clear the snow

Another thought:

If you are a senior, disabled, or are otherwise not in a condition to shovel snow yourself, you might ask your Gemeinde if there are any provisions for help. Some communities have a list of volunteers to help out in an emergency, or situation dependent help like this might in some cases fall under Spitex services.
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Can't you just drive up and down it a couple of times in your Range Rover
This was my initial approach until I started sliding and nearly ended up in a pond.

I figured this was the cheaper option in the long term. Do you know how much it costs to dry out a car?
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Yikes! It's not cheap to remove snow in Switzerland!

For comparison, we live just over the border in France. We have a contract with the local groundworks company to plow our 200m long driveway. It costs about EUR75 each time they come, which includes plowing and salting. They're usually finished before I'm out of bed.

Beats doing it myself!

I live just across the border in France as well and I do even better, I pay nothing to get my driveway cleared.
A local farmer is contracted by the commune to do the poughing around here and the chap next-door to me drives it, he simply pops along and does his immediate neighbours access roads as soon as he's finished doing the main road through the village!

Note to self; buy neighbour a bottle of something......
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Re: Getting somebody to clear the snow

someone cleared our drive on thursday for free got home after boarding and the drive had been cleared maybe the snow plough people felt guilty about constantly shoving loads of snow onto our drive
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Maybe a good idea to indicate why you're such a lazylion, to do it yourself, like most other people.
except perhaps, those with physical disabilities for example ?
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This was my initial approach until I started sliding and nearly ended up in a pond.

I figured this was the cheaper option in the long term. Do you know how much it costs to dry out a car?
Do I need to cover over and give you a driving lesson?? If in doubt do a Clarkson

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