With the season’s first snow possibly on tap for this weekend, many residents are probably getting ready to take out shovels and salt.
What residents may not know is that there is another option; they can have someone else clear the snow for them with just the click of an app.
Thanks to a new app called SnoHub, John Kozyra can have someone else clear away the snow with just a quick tap.
While the app exists in other states, here in Connecticut, where the app’s founder James Albis lives, the service has only been available in Fairfield County since its launch in January. But as of last Friday, service expanded to the rest of the state.
"You have to get to work so you need your driveway cleaned up or something like that," Kozyra said.
SnoHub works similarly to the ridesharing app, Uber.
Once you’ve downloaded it and created a user profile, you check off areas of your property you want cleared of snow and what areas you wanted salted.
Then the app shows you how much it’ll cost you, which will all depend on how many inches of snow is being cleared off and the size of your driveway or sidewalk.
“It provides transparency to the homeowners so all the photos – not just the driveway, the walkway, everything that’s done – everything that you request is actually cross checked on the app and you have photos to give you that peace of mind,” said James Albis, the Founder and CEO of SnoHub.
Before and after photos are required to be taken by the contractor for the homeowner, which can be seen right on the app.
The contractors, all verified by SnoHub prior to starting the work, are estimated to arrive between one to two hours after requesting them.
“I do like that the people are verified that saves a lot of the guess work ‘you don’t know what you’re getting’ and I think it’s actually pretty cool,” said Jen Ritchie of Rocky Hill.
The app is available to download for free on Apple and Android devices.