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Residential snowblowing

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by Boomstrike, Nov 20, 2015.

  1. Boomstrike

    Boomstrike Junior Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 1

    Hi All,

    I am starting up a small one man operation this season. I am trying to corner the residential driveways and sidewalks that skid steers and pickup plows can't access .

    My services are a "call when needed" basis.

    Currently I have a toro 721 single stage for the light quick stuff and am picking up a 2 stage for the harder work.

    Does a guy need a contract to handout to customers laying out liabilities that I am not accountable ie.slip and fall, for when the said customer flags/calls me over to clear his walkway or driveway before I start a job.

    Insurance has been obtained for liabilities. Just curious for no contractual jobs.

  2. JMHConstruction

    JMHConstruction PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,722

    A lawyer once told me, "If someone is at fault, a piece of paper doesn't mean anything." With that said, I would always have clients sign a contract. For flag downs make it simple and to the point.

    I would also get out of the "on call" thing you have going. Have them at the beginning sign a contract, make it either seasonal or per push. Have something that states your trigger, and get out and make money. How can you set up a route if you're always waiting for someone to call you? I also wouldn't want to keep track of who has/hasn't called. Just make sure everyone knows they can count on you to just show up, and they can pretend the storm just missed their driveway.