With all the focus on austerity at the moment, projects don’t need to be put off – all it needs is a bit of creative thinking to make the whole value proposition good for everybody.
One of our clients had a a big issue with birds getting into her loft – this has been going on for a few years but due to an unusual position of the property, it is not as simple a job to tackle, so for safety reasons a cherry picker was the only solution to getting to the roof.
Cherry pickers are normally used in industrial situations and are obviously expensive to hire, but this was the only option for here, so justification to hire one was making this job untenable. When we did our survey, we also noticed lots of little jobs that could also be done, both on her property and several neighbours properties – all of whom would face a similar challenge and cost if they did it individually.
So our neighbour did the sensible thing of going to see if the neighbours would contribute to the cost of the cherry picker, then pay for each job at a rate agreed – so thats what they did.
The sort of jobs that needed doing ranged from cleaning out overflowing gutters, removing plant life growing on chimney stacks, bird proofing chimneys, repairing bird protection already in place and even fitting a chimney cowl…as well as doing some window cleaning and of course installing new bird protection!
With a few false starts due to hideous weather, yesterday was the day to get everything done. The first problem came with the arrival of the cherry picker. Due to the particular situation of the houses, we needed to go straight up and then out to miss some decking and bushes etc, so we ordered an articulated boom – what was on the lorry was a telescopic boom…which under normal circumstances would be fine but not this one.
Not a good start, but we did try to it to see if we could get to the places we needed to – but it was never going to happen! So after a hour or so of trying, we decided just to crack on with what could be achieved at the front of the houses and sort the problem with the supplier and machine later.
It is amazing how much you can do with a cherry picker and where you can actually get to with a bit of thought, the residents all came out to watch, I suppose it is not the sort of thing you see everyday in the middle od a quite village! When you are up above the rooftops, you also get an amazing view of the Berkshire Countryside as well. We also had a Red Kite who came to take a close look at us – it came within 20 meters of us…I could not get a camera out in time though!
Anyway, all what could be achieved has been and so we will have to return in the very near future once we have sorted out the situation with the hire company – we have used them lots in the past so I am sure we can sort this all to everybody’s satisfaction.
So if you do have to get some big expensive plant in to do a job, why not share the costs about with the neighbours – it all makes perfect sense. This can be especially useful for shop owners in towns where pigeon problems are rife, hiring a machine for a few days and getting a bird control expert like Rapid Environmental Services in could solve a major bird problem for you at a fraction of the cost of going it alone – call us now for advice of dealing with bird problems, with offices in Newbury, Oxford, Reading, Basingstoke and Swindon you can be sure of a fast response to your bird problem.