FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - It's the beginning of September. The sun is shining, the grass is green. And here in Fargo, people are already booking up snow removal companies for the year.
Makayla Sabby says snow cleanup at her West Fargo home last winter got sticky.
"I was out here for hours fixing it,” she says, “shoveling a path, doing the deck and...I missed so much school last year, it was crazy."
The 19 year old was learning how to drive in what she calls the worst winter ever.
"My gramma's like, '13 feet today,' or something, I was like, 'what? No'...We use just a shovel and it was too much work so we thought we'd try to find something else," Sabby says.
Sabby used her grandmother’s Nextdoor account to seek help, writing, “Does anyone know of a company or person that does snow removal for cheap or any devices I can buy for cheap??”
But she's not the only one. Judy Stolz posted a similar question back in July, and is still receiving comments up to this day.
Meanwhile, Andrew Harmon, an NDSU student who removes snow as a side gig, also posted on Nextdoor, letting people know spots are filling up fast.
"Say about a week ago I started to get inundated with a lot of calls," Harmon says.
Harmon’s company is Golden Meadows Landscaping.
"The Farmers’ Almanac this year's calling for a colder winter," he says.
Professional snow remover, Jon Bosma, says last year put everyone on edge.
"From the middle of January to the end of March,” he says, “it was five hours of sleep at night. If we weren't pushing it, we were piling it. If we weren't piling it, we were hauling it, we weren't hauling it we were fixing equipment."
Bosma owns the company, Bosma Enterprises in Fargo. He says typically by this time of year, he’s the one trying to solicit business.
"Usually when you call somebody in September for snow removal they don't want to talk about it,” he says. But this year they're calling me, I think last year scared a lot of people. We had a lot of snow and it's filling up quick."
And with demand on the rise, Bosma says his services may not be as cheap this year.
"If you call me in November, the prices are going to go way up," he says.
Bosma adds, though prices may go up this year, you can get discounts for clusters of neighbors requiring service in one area.
Meanwhile snow shovelers like Makayla Sabby are looking for help nice and early.
"I see people already posting that a lot of people are already booked up,” she says, “so that makes me kind of nervous that they're already booked up and it's not even October yet."
But still...maybe not early enough.