I know the advice of Frank and others is to contract out to pros - which is what I have done so far on my first park - purchased just before winter. However, I’m sitting here looking at over $2,000 in bills for plowing and salt since Dec 1st - and a weather forecast showing more snow this week. I also have a large shop building inherited from the prior owner with a huge roll-up garage door. I have no use for much the space in the shop because most of the homes are resident owned.
Are you SURE I shouldn’t go spend $3-5K on my own used plow truck, stick it in the shop, and then pay one of the residents to plow? We don’t do driveways - so that liability is out. The park takes roughly 2 hours to plow from my observation - and I’m getting charged $225 per plow with no salt. We have wide, flat roads so the job is pretty simple as plowing goes. It’s just every time I get another $200-$500 bill I start muttering to myself about how I should own my own truck. Maintenance costs? Sure - but the truck will be used for nothing but plowing on occasion and sitting in the garage on a trickle charger the rest of the time. I can put a mileage tracker on it and a webcam in the garage to ensure no joy rides or “borrowing” by anyone.
I have a workers comp policy covering up to $20K / yr salary and no current employees to begin with (self managing the first few months) that I’m paying for anyway.
If I designated the truck non-op I would think I could avoid yearly DMV fees.
Park is 95 lots with 68 lots currently occupied. Roughly 12 acres.