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need a little help from the pros...

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by the dude, Nov 3, 2003.

  1. the dude

    the dude Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    Hi Everybody! (hi, dr. nick!)

    My wife and I just bought a house this summer with a long driveway to a tuck-under garage. I've decided to get a two-stage snowblower (ariens 7hp) since I have to go up a steep hill to get to the front sidewalk.
    But my question is this:
    The other day I was outside, and the lady that lives next door asked what our snow-removal plans were. I told her I was going to get a blower, and she asked if I would be interested in doing her driveway and walks as well. She said she had a service she had used for awhile, but was upset about some damage done last winter. I'm not opposed to the idea, and could use a little extra money. But how much do I charge for something like that?

    And I just have to say, this site is fantastic. I started looking around here to find info on snowblowers, but you guys make me want to throw a plow on the front of my pickup and learn to plow! Thanks for all the great information.

    :)
     
  2. CARDOCTOR

    CARDOCTOR PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,310

    how long is the driveway and the walk

    how many steps


    find out what kind of damage was done previously

    whats the driveway made out of?



    cardoctor
     
  3. the dude

    the dude Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    hmmm...yeah, i suppose it would've helped if i'd given that info.

    The driveway is about 70' long, asphalt. i don't think steps would be an issue; she has a tuck-under garage, too, and only a couple steps on the front of the house.

    she's on the corner lot, so she has sidewalk on two sides...probably 180'-200' total.

    not sure what the damage was; i didn't ask, but probably should.

    thanks again.
     
  4. WOOFSPLOW

    WOOFSPLOW Member
    Messages: 76

    Be careful! She may be very picky when it comes to "damage". Also, if you accept $$ (even if you don't) you may be held liable if she has a slip & fall. Overall it may not be worth it. Good luck.:D
     
  5. CARDOCTOR

    CARDOCTOR PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,310

    she lives on the corner so you know the township trucks willbe packing the snow against the curb.

    i live on a corner property and its a pita after the slush freezes to

    remove it


    i think i would say thanks but no thanks

    you have to live next to this lady
    do you want her banging on your door or calling you at all hours

    hell no!


    cardoctor:nono: :nono:
     
  6. Adams plowing

    Adams plowing Senior Member
    Messages: 195

    If i were in your situation i would be Leary about doing any removal of snow for anyone if i was getting paid for it unless i had the proper snow removal insurance. most of the professional snow plowers like my self carry ins. to cover us if there is a claim arising from slip/fall and or just normal damage. being in a society where suing someone is very commonplace you could be leaving yourself open to getting sued for all you have if there were an incident. the other option i can think of if you really want to do this is if you do have the time to spend doing snow removal see about the proper ins. and work on getting enough customers to pay for your costs and make a profit. but thats just my opinion.
     
  7. Big Nate's Plowing

    Big Nate's Plowing PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,266

    good lord, if you are out doing yours and do hers too. if she gives you any money say thanks for the tip and go home. who the hell is going to buy insurance for snowblowing the neighbors drive? surely you didnt have insurance when you went around shoveling for candy money..... I know I didnt. now days any flag downs I say I am not liable for anything that happens, and make them sign the notepad that is pre printed with my waiver.... no sign no clear drive
     
  8. the dude

    the dude Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    thanks for the replies...

    nate, that's more in line with my thinking, I guess. I'm not looking to start a business here; that's not something I have the time or the inclination for. I just figured since she asked, I'd try to give her an educated answer.


    it's snowing here in minneapolis right now...about an inch so far today, but most of it's just melting on the ground. coming up quick, though...