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New app-based service to facilitate local on-demand snow removal

Posted by Adam in Local Weather, 1/16, 4:08 PM

A new service has launched in Brandon that aims to make local connections as part of solving the most Manitoban of problems.

OnTheStep makes use of an app on popular smartphone platforms as a means of connecting homeowners with those offering the service of snow clearing, referred to as ’Steppers.’ 

To request having snow cleared, a homeowner simply submits a request through the app including specifying the payment amount they’re offering in order to have the job done as well as an optional photo. Once the request has been submitted, registered Steppers have the option of selecting and accepting the job with it being said that higher offers tend to have faster response times. A built-in rating system allows homeowners a means to rate and know the quality of service that a stepper is known to provide. 

According to local representative Shaun Fjeldsted, a handful of local steppers are already signed up to provide service with active recruiting underway to add additional service providers. Would-be steppers may register online through the service's website at http://www.onthestep.ca, after which time they are interviewed as part of the initial screening process. Once accepted, when new jobs are submitted notifications are pushed to steppers' devices to give an opportunity to accept. 

Brandon's Dale Kerik and Shaun Fjeldsted are spearheading the local expansion of OnTheStep (submitted)

OnTheStep had previously been operating exclusively out of Winnipeg prior to the expansion into Brandon, which took place earlier this month. 

Though snow clearing is the initial service launched through the app, it’s expected that a fall cleanup service introduced in Winnipeg last year will also be available in Brandon with plans said to be in the works to introduce basic lawn care in the spring according to Fjeldsted. 

The app is now available for download through the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

The service could have its first real test as soon as this weekend with 5-10cm of snow forecast to fall in the area between Friday afternoon into Saturday.


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