DETROIT — A new app brings snow clearing services to customers’ doors, much like the highly popular ride-share and food delivery apps like Uber, Lyft and Postmates.
Quikplow lets customers in southeast Michigan sign up for snow plowing services by using a customer’s location to connect with on-demand plow drivers in the area. The app then sends information such as when the driver is in route or when they’ll arrive at the designated location.
It even lets the plowing service take a photo of completed jobs. The cost on average is $50, though rates may be higher with heavier snow fall. Customers can also request sidewalk shoveling and salting for an additional fee. Those looking to make extra cash shoveling snow can also sign up for the service. Service providers must provide references when signing up, similar to any job application.
The company is popular in Grand Rapids, but is expanding its services to Metro Detroit. The more snow plow services sign up, the more coverage the app will have for customers in the area. Customers do need to provide payment information. However, the company uses a third party to authorize payments, so no credit information is saved on the app itself.
Snow plowers send a photo of the completed job to Quikplow after the job is done so the company can ensure work is being done.