Maintaining Winter Access to a Vacant Home

by Carmen Corbin on November 21, 2011

Trying to rent or sell a house is certainly a challenge in today’s market, especially now that winter weather is upon us.  To maximize your chances of a successful rental or sale for a vacant home, arranging reliable snow removal services is essential.

Potential renters or buyers can easily do a drive-by to get a quick glimpse of the exterior, but if the driveway and walkway are packed with snow, you haven’t exactly put out the welcome mat for viewing the inside.  Showings are often requested with minimal notice, and landlords and sellers alike (and their real estate agents) need to have their properties ready to show at all times.  You don’t want someone’s vehicle getting stuck in the driveway, or someone slipping on an icy sidewalk or porch.

Do It Yourself or Hire a Snow Plowing Service?

Landlords:  If your rental property is in your own neighborhood, it might be very convenient for you to quickly get to the house to take care of snow and ice removal before a potential tenant shows up.  However, if the rental house is farther away, or you have health problems, you may want to consider hiring a snow plowing service.  The precipitation you receive on your side of town may not be the same as what comes down in your rental neighborhood, so it’s not always possible to guess about the current condition of your property.

Sellers and Real Estate Agents:  Unless your home is “for sale by owner,” most real estate agents will assist you in arranging snow removal services for your vacant home.  If you’re selling the house yourself, you’ll have one less thing to worry about if you delegate the responsibility of snow removal to someone else.  Knowing that your property is taken care of automatically each time the weather brings snow or ice will allow you to concentrate on other important tasks such as marketing and inside maintenance.

Snow removal companies usually do everything from snow plowing and shoveling snow (or using a snow blower) to applying ice melt products to driveways, walkways, sidewalks and porches.  Many home improvement contractors also do snow plowing in the off-season.

For more information on how you can maintain winter access to your property during the winter months, contact your local snow plowing contractor.

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