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Report: Private Plowers Charging Exorbitant Rates

How much did it cost you to get plowed out after the blizzard?

 

As the snow piked up from Friday night into Saturday, the cost of having your driveway plowed may have been going up as well.

In New Haven, there was at least one private snowplower who was charging $200 per hour to clear snow away from residences, according to a story in the New Haven Independent.

Connecticut has laws in place that prohibit so-called price gouging in the wake of natural disasters, a law that was enacted in 2012. Under this law, "the Department of Consumer Protection can level an unfair trade practices charge against any business charging an "unconscionably excessive price" for vital goods or services during a weather emergency as declared by the governor," the Connecticut Mirror reported last year.

There have been many stories since Friday of Good Samaritans and good neighbors helping out where needed.

How much did you pay to get the snow cleared? Tell us in the comments.

Barbi B. February 11, 2013 at 08:14 PM
I had one contractor tell me, over the phone, that he usually gets "$300 per driveway"...not "per hour" ...which would include the use of a plow and Bobcat. Another guy wants a sort of contract, in the way of a deposit. So if he quotes $50 to do the job, he would require a down-payment of $150, so as to pre-pay three visits. Then he would refund any unused money after snow-season. I realize that there are many factors, such as snowfall amounts, length of your driveway, obstacles that would cause more time to be taken, etc. And if the contractor's truck or other equipment breaks down, it's expensive to repair them. But $300 for one visit??? How much does a brand new snow-blower cost to purchase and have on hand? In a couple of visits at that rate, you could have a brand new "snow toy" sitting in the garage...and maybe make a couple of dollars yourself, helping to dig out your neighbors! I wonder how many people are still snowed-in, simply for not being able to afford to pay a contractor? So...what is the average rate here in the Haddams? How much are you paying to have your driveway plowed out? And do you have anyone to recommend for help with plowing or shoveling?
kevin dalton February 12, 2013 at 02:56 PM
I'M 81 YEARS OLD AND I HAVE A SNOW BLOWER MY NEIGHBOR AND I WORKED TOGETHER TO CLEAR OUR DRIVEWAYS...SEEMED LIKE THE RIGHT THING TO DO. IN ALL FAIRNESS THE SNOW IS VERY DEEP SO IF THE CHARGE WAS A LITTLE HIGHER THAN USUAL THAT WOULD BE REASONABLE...BUT..........
kevin dalton February 12, 2013 at 02:57 PM
report the scammers
Karin Kinney February 12, 2013 at 07:06 PM
We as a group snowblowed and shoveled out our cul de sac. We made sure that all 6 houses had paths for their cars to get to the main road. Thats what good neighbors do for each other. It may have taken us sometime but we did it, good thing cause the city has forgotten us and its Tuesday.
nancy dunn February 12, 2013 at 10:57 PM
Karin, kudos to you and your neighbors! More folks need to do the same.

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