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Offering 24 hour service to Residentials

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by bodaggin, Sep 27, 2011.

  1. bodaggin

    bodaggin Banned
    from Canada
    Messages: 29

    Hey there,

    I am in the midst of starting up. I'm a young guy, full of piss and vinegar and would like to offer 24 hour service to residential clients with my plow jeep. I haven't purchased it yet, but from the looks of it I'll be getting a TJ with a 22 series Snoway plow.

    Does anyone here offer 24 hour service with their plow vehicle and if so I have a couple questions:

    -Is there a legitimate noise disturbance or legalities from doing this? I would only be at the property for maybe 5 minutes, no blowers, simply a quick plow on the drive and a shovel for the walk but has anyone ran into any noise disputes offering this service?

    -Do you notice a high demand for this service? The prospect of having a clean driveway in the morning would obviously be a good one, but again, this may possibly be at the expense of a slight and short noise disturbance to the owner, or their neighbors. So do you see a legitimate demand of people wanting to have their drive cleared 24 hours as opposed to just during daylight hours?

    Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

    Last edited: Sep 27, 2011
  2. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,394

    Just when I thought I heard it all. I don't need to be disrespectful but your telling me in all your life you've never heard a snow plow doing it's business in the middle of the night? On a higher note, your driveway rig is a great choice and I have never heard of any type of noise ordinance for plow trucks.
  3. thelettuceman

    thelettuceman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,218

    I tell residential customers that I might be in their driveway in the middle of the night depending when the snow falls. They understand and expect the snow to be gone.
    Welcome to the site.
  4. bodaggin

    bodaggin Banned
    from Canada
    Messages: 29

    haha I didn't mean to sound ignorant. Of course plow trucks go all night long on commercial and government jobs but I was just confirming if there was any troubles with doing it in residential areas. You guys confirmed what I was thinking! I'm excited to start, thanks for the encouragement on the plow vehicle; I've done a ton of research.
  5. gonemowin

    gonemowin Junior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 4

    It would be worth a quick check of the city noise ordinances. Technically, in my area, we are in violation if we plow residentially between 11pm and 7am. However in reality this is rarely enforced unless a neighbor seriously complains. Always better to be sure of the rules beforehand just in case.
  6. Jguck25

    Jguck25 Senior Member
    Messages: 594

    WAIT, we have the option to not plow 24/7?!?:dizzy:
  7. bodaggin

    bodaggin Banned
    from Canada
    Messages: 29

    Thanks gonemowin, I actually checked, and it is quite vague, with the wording it looks like everything is ok, but not a sure deal. I'll have a lawyer give it a look. Just wanted to get the expert opinions of you guys to have a better idea in the meantime :)
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2011
  8. bodaggin

    bodaggin Banned
    from Canada
    Messages: 29

  9. goel

    goel PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,079

    I have had bylaw enforcement called out on me and stop me at 4 in the morning.

    I plow schools, which are surrounded by resi's - so somebody called.

    Guy pulls up beside me, asks me to put it into reverse, I do - back up beeper comes on. He says, ok Thanks and drives off.

    But, a requirement of the contract is the back up beeper. Needless to say, bylaw does not come out anymore when they get called during snow storms.
  10. bodaggin

    bodaggin Banned
    from Canada
    Messages: 29

    The beeper was just required by that sole contract being that it was a school? Or you had a few that had that requirement? Because you raise a good concern, I was contemplating whether or not a beeper would be good or not... Jeep has pretty good visibility tho
  11. Spucel

    Spucel Senior Member
    Messages: 413

    Haha nice!!

    If you are planning your night out...give yourself more than 5 minutes per house, might take ya a little longer than that.
  12. DaytonBioLawns

    DaytonBioLawns Banned
    from 45458
    Messages: 347

    turn off your back up alarm between midnight and 4..... That is the only one I've heard of as far as complaints. A fellow Dayton Plower pissed off some people in a friends neighborhood because every time it snowed he would have his alarm up loud and the BEEP BEEP BEEP!!!!! made people a little irritable about 1/2 way through the season. In other words, just use common sense.
  13. Brant'sLawnCare

    Brant'sLawnCare PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,756

    We start plowing residentials whenver the snow stops, usually at 1am or even earlier than that. I make a ton more per hour plowing drives in my area. Commercials are nice though cause of the 1" trigger and salt. But it's nice to have a good mix of accounts. Residentials are a great way to start, and make money doing it as long as you price yourself right.
  14. JTVLandscaping

    JTVLandscaping Senior Member
    Messages: 862

    If its the middle of the night and no traffic, I don't even use warning lights, no sense flashing that thing into peoples' windows while they try to sleep.
  15. goel

    goel PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,079

    It is a School board Requirement.

    Turn it off? Why?
  16. RLM

    RLM PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,270

    Turn it off or mess with it your asking for trouble IMO, god forbid you back into someone or something, you may aa well not of had it at all, or worse yet " you must of known you had poor visibility when backing" because you installed it. If there isn't one on the equipment when I buy it, I don't put one on, if there is one I dont touch it. My insurance co did tell me if I'm plowing (not driving site to site) they want the beacon on.
  17. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,617

    And you dont put on the parachute until AFTER you jump out of the plane
  18. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    Wow this OP boggled my mind!!!!!!!! Good luck!
  19. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    That doesn't take much.
  20. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Since we lost 15 posts here since last night,guess I;ll get the correct answer now. Don't worry about the owners or the neighbor.Most people don't even hear you when your plowing.Besides every street have that one neighbor who fires up the snowblower at 3am for some reason and there's only 2 inches on the ground.