If you dread mowing the lawn or just don't have the time, a new app called Mowz could help relieve you of that summertime chore.
Co-founders William Mahoney of Syracuse, N.Y., and Andrew Englander of New York City created Mowz after they launched another app last year called Plowz, which arranges snow plowing in 20 cities, including the Chicago and suburban market. Mowz has 30 providers available throughout the Chicago suburban area.
"We are signing up more providers in the Chicago region every day as the word spreads," Mahoney said. "We now offer lawn mowing, which includes mowing, edging and blowing. The user can schedule a Mowz on the day they choose and receive a picture of the completed job. The consumer rates their first job and if they are pleased with the work they will be matched with the same provider in the future automatically."
You can schedule to have your own lawn mowed or set up accounts for elderly relatives and friends. Users put in their home address, a description of their lawn, and tap to request service.
The free app is available for iPhone and Android platforms. An app for Kindle is expected "in the future," he said.
The average cost for the job is between $30 and $50, depending on the size of the lawn, the length of grass and how soon it needs to be done, Mahoney said.
"We have a bunch of pricing metrics to compute the cost," he said.
The consumer pays securely with a credit card while using the app. Consumers aren't charged until the order is completed.
It also has 24/7 customer phone support and a fleet of landscapers on standby if your regular provider isn't available. After the first job, consumers can rate the provider. If the provider receives an excellent rating, they will have first dibs on that particular job in the future.
If the provider is not able to get out there at the specific time requested, another provider will be assigned. All providers are insured and have commercial grade equipment, Mahoney said.
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