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No Contract Driveway Snow Clearing

February 21st, 2017 ernie Posted in On Demand Snow Removal No Comments »

no contract driveway snow clearingMany consumers have struggled with the decision to hire a snow removal company for the season or do it themselves. They worry about the cost and health issues, particularly during heavy snow days when shoveling can be very strenuous. Now there is a third solution provided by TouchPlow, no contract driveway snow clearing. Modeled after the ride-sharing service Uber, TouchPlow allows consumers to order snow removal on demand. This is another example of how technology delivers better service and more competition to the consumer.

No Contract Driveway Snow Clearing

Clear the snow from the driveway yourself when there is a light snowfall. After a heavy snowfall, use TouchPlow to order a contractor to come within a specified time frame. The breakeven cost is somewhere between 10 and 15 times. A double-wide driveway large enough for four cars will cost between $30 and $45, depending on how quickly you need the service.

You can save on the cost by only ordering on heavy snowfall days and giving the contractor 24 hours to complete the job. Prices may vary based on the demand and supply of contractors. Once you place your order, a snow removal contractor will bid on the job and arrange to clear the snow from your driveway.

No Contract Driveway Snow Clearing is a new solution that may have some growing pains. Download the app to your smartphone and sign up for the service to get started.

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Touch Plow Driveway Snow Removal

February 7th, 2017 ernie Posted in On Demand Snow Removal No Comments »

On Demand Driveway Snow RemovalThere is a new snow-clearing service available that is modeled after the Uber ride-sharing system. On-Demand Driveway Snow Removal is provided by local contractors. It is called TouchPlow and is designed for consumers to order snow clearing as needed using an app on their smartphones. The app is available on both apple and android phones. All you need to do is download the Touch plow driveway snow removal service. Once you install the app, you will need to create an account, providing your address and payment information. Whenever you need your driveway cleared of snow, just place an order and wait for a bid. There are a couple of things that consumers need to be aware of when using this app and the services provided by contractors. We will cover a few of them in this article, although the services is still quite new. They are still getting the bugs out of the system.

On-Demand Driveway Snow Removal by Touch Plow – Comments

From a process perspective, it all seems to work really well. Once you create an account, select your driveway size, place an order and wait for a contractor to take your request. You can request service in 4 hours, or longer. The longer you are willing to wait, the lower the price that you will pay. Something to consider based on how urgently you need your driveway cleared.

Any contractor can pick up your order. There have been some reports of less-than-scrupulous contractors taking bids. This is part of the getting established phase. You will want to monitor how good a job the contractor does.

Some folks have placed their order while sitting in Florida for their home in Ottawa. Nice touch and you do not need to be there to clear snow.

You can also specify if you just need the driveway cleared or if you also want your steps and sidewalks cleared. It all depends on the price you want to pay.

The trade-off of course is relying on a contractor to meet specific standards throughout the winter or just ordering snow clearing as you need it. Prices we saw indicated $30 to $40 for Touchplow driveway snow removal. A seasonal contract could cost around $500, making it worth about 10 driveway clearings in the season. If you get a lot of snow days, you might lose outgoing with Touchplow vs. a seasonal contract.

A decision consumers need to make.


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